Charity

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.

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Hilary Blume puts the Chelsea Flower Show gardens up for sale

By Candice Krieger, May 23, 2008

Ever wondered what happens to all the plants at the Chelsea Flower Show once it closes its gates each year? Hilary Blume did, which is why she is arranging for them to be recycled at this year’s garden event. Ms Blume, 63, founder of ethical present charity the Good Gifts Catalogue, is working with the show’s organisers, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), to give away timber, paving stones, plants, trees and the like to community organisations and schools after the event finishes.

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Sarah Fattal

May 16, 2008

The 17-year-old student volunteers at Unity, Norwood’s recreational, play and youth service for children with disabilities. She is based at Hendon at the Kennedy Leigh Centre and Pears Wing for Children

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Youth group to offset Israel flight emissions

May 16, 2008

Liberal youth movement LJY-Netzer is advancing its green credentials by asking members to offset carbon emissions on overseas trips by planting trees in Israel.

In partnership with JNF, LJY-Netzer on Tuesday launched Fly Green as part of its ongoing commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world).

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Miriam walks tall for Norwood

May 16, 2008

An 11-year-old Southgate girl became the youngest participant in the five-year history of Norwood’s Waterside Walk when she completed 10 miles in Sunday’s fundraiser, which took in some spectacular scenery in Berkshire and Surrey.

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Jamie spices up poker day

May 16, 2008

Jamie Oliver helped to cook up a six-figure sum for co-existence projects in Israel when he took part in the One to One Children’s Fund poker tournament in the West End on Sunday.



Jamie Oliver and David Altschuler at the One to One Children's Fund tournament

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Charity’s anti-Israel stance sanctioned by watchdog

By Simon Rocker, May 16, 2008

The Charity Commission has supported the right of War on Want to be involved in a pro-Palestinian demonstration last weekend.

War on Want’s campaigning on Israel — including opposition to its security barrier — has previously drawn complaints that it is operating outside its charitable remit.

But the commission stated this week that it is satisfied that the anti-poverty group is working within the rules.

A spokesman for the charity watchdog said: “The concerns that the commission considered related predominantly to War on Want’s support for trade sanctions against Israel.

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Talent show raises money for Sderot's children

May 16, 2008

Seven Immanuel College students raised over £6,000 for Sderot by organising a Stars In Their Eyes talent show. The girls-only competition saw eight finalists sing and dance before an audience of 250 and a judging panel of music industry experts. The winner was 17-year-old Beth Leslie, who performed George Gershwin’s Summertime. Proceeds will go towards playgrounds for Sderot.

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Ladies' golf day raises lots for Jewish Care

May 16, 2008

More than £10,500 was raised for Jewish Care community centre services from the 25th Potters Bar ladies’ golf day, which attracted 100 competitors. Hartsbourne members Tricia Arnold, Jenny Reichman, Russele Solomons and Alison Zilberkweit won the event, with a host club team of Hilary Abrahams, Ta Cox, Gill Jay and Marion Scott as runners-up. For the fifth year running, the tournament was chaired by Shirley Jacobs. Jewish Care fundraising director Richard Franklin thanked the golfers for their support.

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Local Wizo group celebrates diamond jubilee

May 16, 2008

A Leeds Wizo group has celebrated its diamond jubilee with a lunch at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre. The Chaim Weizmann Group was formed in 1948, changing its name to the Blanche Dugdale Group. Its initial function was to sell goods at the Leeds Blue and White Bazaar. “As long as the underprivileged need our help Wizo will be there for them,” said founder member Marianne Lipman.

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