Charity

Thousands turn out for Mitzvah Day

By Naomi Firsht, November 17, 2014

Record numbers of volunteers turned out for the Mitzvah Day charity event on Sunday.

Around 37,000 people across the country collected food, took on conservation tasks and participated in a range of social action projects

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Activists scoop awards

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2014

The UK branch of the New Israel Fund enjoyed a record year in 2013, raising 29 per cent more than it did in 2012.

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Cable praises Langdon

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

Business Secretary Vince Cable has praised the work of learning disabilities charity Langdon.

Speaking at a business breakfast on Wednesday, the politician said: "The work Langdon does is extraordinarily important, especially in helping people into employment."

The event - which raised £60,000 - also saw the All Aboard charity store chain handed an employer of the year award in recognition

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Toksvig is a page-turner for Nightingale diners

November 6, 2014

In a wide-ranging address to Nightingale Hammerson's literary lunch at Claridge's in central London, author and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig spoke about her childhood in Copenhagen and her book, Hitler's Canary, based on the true story of how her relatives helped to save Danish Jews from the Nazis.

Discussing her new book, Peas & Queues, she explained some of the amusing reasons behind polite beha

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Charity in appeal for blood donors

By Naomi Firsht, October 24, 2014

The Joely Bear Appeal will hold its 60th blood donor sesssion at Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue this weekend.

The appeal was launched in January 1995 in memory of Joel Renak, a Jewish child who died aged four from a rare form of liver cancer.

His family have been campaigning ever since for more blood and stem cell donors.

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Topol and Oberman lead a starry cast on primary school's charity disc

By Naomi Firsht, October 14, 2014

Chaim Topol, Tracey-Ann Oberman and Nick Ferrari are among the personalities retelling Jewish folk tales and Bible stories on a charity CD to raise money for North West London Jewish Day School and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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It’s a whole new world as health charity gets down to business

By Candice Krieger, October 10, 2014

Tamara Arbib is one determined mumpreneur — and she’s set on bringing nutrition to the masses.

For five years, she desperately tried to promote healthy eating through her charity, A Team Foundation.

But her efforts were washed out by big businesses looking to do the same.

Arbib, who set up the charity with her husband Ben, believed that their outreach was limited.

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'State cuts have hit us hard but we’ll go on, says Norwood CEO

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2014

Every day, Elaine Kerr takes tough decisions that affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

As the chief executive of Norwood, her choices impact on the lives of around 8,000 children and adults with learning difficulties who have come to depend on the Jewish charity.

And her job, she says, has never been tougher.

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Dame Vivien Duffield puts £3 million into new art projects across the UK

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

The foundation supported by leading Jewish philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield is to support 10 new art projects to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Clore Duffield Foundation will back a school art room – its first such project – as well as other educational facilities in museums, galleries and with performing arts groups.

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Pears family gives £5 million to Royal Free Hospital

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2014

The Pears Foundation have donated £5 million to build a new medical research facility next to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. It is the foundation’s largest ever donation.

The new north London facility, which will be named The Pears Building, will focus on furthering medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, HIV and hepatitis.

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