Global gifting at Chanucah

By Josh Jackman, December 3, 2015

Global aid charity Tzedek is urging supporters to set aside some Chanucah gift-giving to help impoverished communities in Africa. Donations can purchase classroom resources, chicks, or even "poo flies", which enable Kenyan farmers to fertilise human excrement.

More than 100 of the £10-to-£20 gifts have already been bought.


IsrAction Day goes global

By Josh Jackman, November 26, 2015

The pro-Israel grassroots campaign to combat the boycott and help the homeless at the same time has spread beyond the UK.

IsrAction Day, which encourages the public to buy Israeli products and donate them to homeless charities, has been adopted by groups in South Africa and Germany - and more could follow.


Southend Aid Society's diamond celebrations

November 24, 2015

A diamond jubilee tea party was held to mark the anniversary of the Southend and District Aid Society.


Norwood impresses Boris - and raises £3.4m

By Josh Jackman, November 19, 2015

Boris Johnson has applauded Norwood's charitable work, describing it as an example of the difference between western values and those of the Islamic extremists who perpetrated the Paris terror attacks.

A record-breaking 1,350 guests attended the children and families charity's annual dinner at Grosvenor House in central London on Monday, raising £3.4 million.

Taking the platform following a


Borehamwood shul thinks pink

November 17, 2015

A Shabbat service at Ohr Yisrael shul in Borehamwood was a sea of pink. The event, Pink Shabbat, organised by Elise Cirsch, Emma Coleman and Jonathan Rose, invited the community to "turn pink" for one Shabbat, while the shul used pink tableware, challot and Shabbat flowers. The entire community dressed in at least one item of pink to mark the occasion, raising awareness of Breast Cancer.


Charities count cost of 'living wage' pay rises

By Barry Toberman, November 12, 2015

George Osborne's headline-grabbing Budget commitment to a substantially increased national living wage caught charity bosses on the hop. Four months on, Jewish Care chief executive, Simon Morris, can put a price on it in his charity's terms - and it is a high one.


Manchester Fed looks to limit impact of living wage rises

By Josh Jackman, November 12, 2015

The largest communal welfare charity outside of London will have to find more than £500,000 by 2020 to meet the national living wage.

Chief operating officer at The Fed in Manchester, Mark Cunningham, calculates that the cost to the charity, which employs 350 people, will be at least £80,000 next year, when the hourly living wage rises from £6.50 to £7.20.


Big donor tells all to Ort dinner

By Josh Jackman, November 12, 2015

Self-made billionaire Natie Kirsh told Ort UK's dinner that his charitable activities had been inspired by Maimonides.

The South African native, who has contributed to many of the education charity's programmes in 59 countries, was a guest of honour at Tuesday's dinner, held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge.


Lammy tells Langdon of his debt to Jewish backers

By Josh Jackman, November 12, 2015

Tottenham MP David Lammy has told Langdon supporters of his debt to the Jewish community.

Addressing 200 supporters at a business breakfast at the Park Lane Hotel, Mr Lammy recalled that a group of Jewish lawyers had funded his $40,000 (£26,000) entry into Harvard Law School.


Towering climb raises £200K for Israeli children's charity Shalva

By Cathy Forman, November 5, 2015

A global gathering of 30 climbers from Israel, the UK, US, Canada, France and Switzerland spent 10 days surrounded by some of the world's most beautiful scenery on their way to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to benefit Israeli children's charity Shalva.