Hebrew U donors protest at charges

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2008

Donors have voiced concern at a British Friends of the Hebrew University policy of deducting administration charges from endowment funds. The policy is the subject of complaints made by a former trustee and reported by the Jewish Chronicle.

One prospective contributor, Deborah Pulvernis, of London, wrote in a letter to the JC: “My late great-aunt, father, and cousin, left substantial restricted endowments to BFHU, who gave them assurances at the time that 100 per cent of their monies would go to the university with no running costs deducted.


Fury at a fundraiser for 'racist radio'

By Dana Gloger, June 6, 2008

A charity event in South London next month to raise money for a Polish radio station widely regarded as antisemitic has sparked anger.

Staunchly religious Radio Maryja, which describes itself as a “Catholic voice in your home”, is Poland’s most popular radio station, attracting around a million listeners daily.

It was set up in 1991 by Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, 63, a priest often accused of being antisemitic. In 2005, he urged listeners to vote for the right-wing Law and Justice party.


The mayor says Chai

May 30, 2008

New Barnet mayor Councillor John Marshall has chosen Chai Cancer Care as one of his mayoral charities.

Councillor Marshall said he had long been impressed by its work. “I remember the comments of a friend whose wife was dying, who said he wished they had discovered Chai earlier.”

Hoping that the recognition would enhance Chai’s profile, the mayor added that there was no financial target “as you can never raise enough for such a good cause”.


Amnesty slates Israel and Palestinians in report

By Bernard Josephs, May 30, 2008

Both the Palestinians and Israel have been heavily criticised in a major report issued this week by Amnesty International to mark the 60th anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights.

Launching the report, the organisation’s secretary-general Irene Khan said it covered countries all over the world, but noted that in the Middle East the brunt seemed “to fall on civilians taking no part in conflict”.


Ex-trustee turns on Friends of Hebrew U

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2008

A disaffected former trustee of the British Friends of the Hebrew University is calling for the Charity Commission to investigate its handling of millions of pounds worth of donor funds.

Geoffrey Simmonds, who resigned three years ago amid disagreements over the way the Friends was run, claims that the charity has been deducting money for management costs which should be going directly to the Jerusalem-based university.


£2.2 care project launched

May 30, 2008

Eighty Jewish Care supporters gathered in Edgware on Wednesday to mark the start of a £2.2 million mental health resource project.

The foundation stone for the Martin Cohen Centre for Wellbeing was laid by Marcia Feldman, the driving force behind the scheme.

It will herald a significant change in the charity’s delivery of services for those with mental health needs, moving away from the traditional model of a day care centre and offering a wide range of treatments and therapies.


Driven duo take the vintage route to new life in Israel

By Leon Symons, May 30, 2008

Yaniv Cohen and Ali Singer are making aliyah in style by driving a 1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith saloon to their new homeland as part of the JNF’s London-Jerusalem car rally. But the pair’s epic journey was almost over before it had begun.

Mr Singer, a 28-year-old Londoner, was responsible for getting the vehicle to the starting line.

But unaccustomed to the fuelling requirements of a vintage Rolls-Royce, he ran out of petrol on the way to the start and only just made it to the ferry in Dover with the 25 other entrants.


Jewish Care manager runner-up in charity award

May 30, 2008

Jewish Care legacy manager Alison Martin was a runner-up in the Legacy Officer of the Year award run by the Institute of Legacy Management, representing over 250 charities nationwide.  She has worked for the charity for nearly two years and said the recognition would “help keep Jewish Care firmly on the map as far as legacies are concerned. We want to encourage as many people as possible to remember Jewish Care in their wills.”


Money raised for hospice

May 30, 2008

Members of Southend and District Reform Synagogue have responded to publicity in the local press highlighting a funding shortage at Westcliff’s Fair Havens Hospice. To raise funds, a supper quiz, which attracted more than 90 people, raised £900 for Fair Havens. Organisers included Sue Levitas, Denise and Ken Phillips and quizmaster Sybil Greenstein.


Meitar may pull £2m gift

May 23, 2008

A UK-based Israeli lawyer, Zvi Meitar, is reportedly considering cancelling £2m worth of donations to Oxford University after it rejected his initial offer of a £1m sculpture he bought from Sir Elton John. Mr Meitar appeared in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List.