Charity

Jewish charities criticise coalition elderly plans

By Robyn Rosen, May 21, 2010

Charity chiefs have spoken out against the omission of elderly care reform from the new government's coalition agreement.

The three main parties pledged major changes in the system during the lead up to the election.

Last week, dozens of charities and local authority chief executives signed an open letter asking why the topic was ignored in last week's coalition agreement between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

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Jewish students lead the way for charitable work

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

Jewish student organisations are leading the way as campuses become a focal point for charity work and volunteering projects.

They are increasingly taking part in social action programmes to give something back to communities in the towns and cities where they study.

The Union of Jewish Students launched its One campaign earlier this year, using Jewish values to encourage social activism and train members for involvement with a range of charitable efforts and apply for grants to help make a difference on their campuses.

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Maureen Lipman supports cancer cause

May 6, 2010

Maureen Lipman went out to bat for myeloma sufferers at a Lord's reception.

At the event, MCC chief executive Keith Bradshaw - who was diagnosed with myeloma in 2008 - announced plans for a September fundraiser for research into the bone marrow cancer.

Its centrepiece will be a game between a celebrity cricket side and a team of past and present football stars assembled by former Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear.

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The London Marathon: The runners and their causes

April 29, 2010

Repaying charity's Caring gesture

Dietician Anneka Gershon, 25, raised a healthy £2,200 for Jewish Care in her second marathon, inspired by a family connection.

Her grandmother is a resident in the charity's Lady Sarah Cohen House in East Finchley.

"I found this marathon harder than last year," she confided. "I struggled with my training due to a knee injury.

"But I was determined not to give up due to the great stuff Jewish Care does for my nana and the Jewish community as a whole and the support I received from my family and friends."

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He was swept away to sea but died for the best reason

February 18, 2010

It was during the summer of 2005 that 21-year-old Pinner resident Jonny Fraser drowned while trying to save a friend. The active Reform Synagogue Youth member had completed his second year of a politics, philosophy and economics degree at Oxford University when he embarked on the three-week lone trip around India.

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Christian Aid slammed for anti-Israel youth magazine

By Robyn Rosen, February 4, 2010

Christian Aid has apologised after its UK-based online youth magazine published an article calling Israel an “apartheid state”.

The article, published on the website Ctrl.Alt.Shift and entitled Young Blood: Peres — War Criminal and Proud, attacked Israeli president Shimon Peres as a “war criminal” and called Zionism a “racist ideology”.

Published on Holocaust Memorial Day last week, the article placed images of dead Jews in concentration camps next to images of dead Palestinians.

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Jewish charities struggle on funds

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2010

Communal welfare organisations are facing a further squeeze on their funding from local authorities, increasing the pressure to raise more from donors to maintain services.

Jewish Care chairman Stephen Zimmerman told a breakfast meeting of its business group this week that the charity was still battling with Barnet Council over funding.

“This year Jewish Care is currently not going to receive any increase in the amount given by our largest local authority and we are even fighting to achieve the status quo.”

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Amnesty Gaza report has 'systematic bias'

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2010

Amnesty International’s Middle East director has denied the charity has an anti-Israel agenda and said it works equally to protect citizens of the Jewish state and their Palestinian neighbours.

The organisation’s latest report on Israel and the Palestinians examines attempts to rebuild life in Gaza following last year’s conflict.

Published on Monday to coincide with the first anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Suffocating: The Gaza Strip Under Israeli Blockade calls on Israeli authorities to allow fuel, food, building materials and other essential goods into Gaza unrestricted.

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Gaza: charities on new offensive

By Robyn Rosen, December 22, 2009

Sixteen charities, including Oxfam and Amnesty International, have criticised the international community for not doing enough to end the Gaza blockade in a report published a year on from Operation Cast Lead.

The report, Failing Gaza, published this week, claims there has been a “failure” of the international community to do all it can to lift the blockade and calls for “concerted action”.

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Charities miss out on cash

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2009

Charities are missing out by not claiming extra tax relief through Gift Aid on cash donations, according to the Charity Commission.

It says that each £10 could attract an extra £2.50 through Gift Aid — with an additional 30p that can be reclaimed from the Inland Revenue until April 2011.

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