Women's dinner raises £500 for Torah Academy nursery

July 10, 2008

Forty women attended a dinner, held at the home of Penina Efune of Lubavitch Brighton, and raised just over £500 for Torah Academy nursery. Event organiser Tessa Bass said: "There was a real mix of ladies from throughout the community, including newcomers to Brighton and Hove."


Jewish Care raises record £3.5m

July 4, 2008

Jewish Care fundraisers are celebrating a record £3.57 million pledged at the charity’s campaign dinner at  Grosvenor House on Tuesday.

The generosity of the 900 guests delighted campaign chairman Steven Lewis, who said that “in such financially challenging times, the community’s ability to understand the importance of what we do and offer their overwhelming support is truly outstanding”. The previous record was last year’s £2.9 million.


Legacy of 7/7 victim

By Candice Krieger, July 3, 2008

An eye-care centre in India was opened this week in memory of 7/7 bombings victim Miriam Hyman.

Based at the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Bhubaneswar, the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre will serve underprivileged youngsters. The £100,000-plus facility has been funded by the Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust, set up by the family of the North Londoner, who died in the 2005 blast at Tavistock Square, aged 32.


Corrie star helps Rags to riches

July 3, 2008

Former Coronation Street star Bradley Walsh was among the 130 players in the 38th annual golf tournament staged by Rags, the Redbridge Aid Golf Society, which raised £185,000.


Cancer Research thanks ‘Mothers and Daughters’

June 20, 2008

A North-West London Jewish fundraising committee has received a national award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the cause.

The charity’s annual Flame of Hope Awards recognises remarkable efforts in fundraising and volunteering.

The Mothers and Daughters Committee won in the Outstanding Achievement category, beating off stiff competition from across the UK.


Celebs in charity match

By Jay Grenby, June 20, 2008

Around £14,000 was raised by a charity football match between an Arsenal ex-pro/celebrity XI and a team of Maccabi League players at Edgware Town FC last Sunday.

The event was attended by more than 300 people, including the Mayor of Barnet, Cllr John Marshall, and Tottenham Hotspur legend Joe Kinnear. It was organised by Mark Silverman of Mill Hill in support of Action Duchenne, a national charity aiming to raise funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.


Tough? We’ll swim 22 miles

By Jay Grenby, June 20, 2008

Two remarkable sisters are about to complete the equivalent of a cross-Channel marathon swim, raising more than £23,000 for Jewish and non-Jewish charities in the process.

Talya and Dani Jacobson have been taking to the water at their local baths most days over the past few months to swim 1,408 lengths of the 25m indoor pool, the equivalent of the 22-mile width of the English Channel.


Plight of cancer-gene sisters

By Candice Krieger, June 19, 2008

Three sisters whose lives have been affected by breast cancer as a result of a genetic mutation common in Ashkenazi women are campaigning to raise awareness of the gene.

Glasgow-based Sue Faber, 44, and her sisters Elaine Mishkin, 43, and Karen Rosen, 37 — whose mother Lorna Klineberg died from breast cancer aged just 47 in 1986 — all chose to undergo mastectomies and reconstructive surgery in 2006. 


Avril Mills grants terminally ill children some magical wishes

By Candice Krieger, June 12, 2008

Former actress Avril Mills has launched a charity to grant wishes for terminally ill children. The Dream Factory was set up by Miss Mills in memory of her son Oliver, who died from leukaemia in 1999, aged nine.

Founded earlier this year, the charity also grants wishes for young adults and people with severe disabilities.  This week, it launched its website:, to coincide with what would have been Oliver’s birthday. He would have turned 18 today.


Charity gets Hope

June 12, 2008

The North-West London-based Hope charity, supporting children with special educational needs, is the latest addition to Norwood’s umbrella of children and family services.

Hope’s Centre for Cognitive Education was opened in 1996 by British parents of special needs youngsters who had been helped by Professor Reuven Feuerstein’s Jerusalem institute.

As part of the merger, Hope trustees’ chair Harry Simmonds will join Norwood’s corporate services committee, and fundraising chair Ian Fagelson will become a Norwood trustee.