Key Charedi charity introduces charges

By Leon Symons, February 5, 2009

The umbrella organisation for the Charedi voluntary sector has introduced charges for its services.

Previously, organisations using the Interlink Foundation have paid an annual membership fee, depending on their income, ranging from £25 to £95. All Interlink services were then free.

Now the foundation, with offices in Stamford Hill and Manchester, has introduced charges of between £40 and £60 an hour in a move intended to secure its future.


Aid minister reveals UK’s Gaza aid package

By Leon Symons, January 23, 2009

Britain has given the first tranche of around £27 million in humanitarian aid to United Nations agencies working to bring relief to the inhabitants of Gaza.

Department for International Aid Minister Mike Foster went to Israel hours after it declared a ceasefire and talked to Israeli ministers, the Palestinian Authority and UN and international aid officials about how to get aid into Gaza as quickly as possible.

Mr Foster told Israeli officials that there needed to be as many as 500 trucks of aid going into the area every day to meet the needs of the Palestinians.


Charity’s founder is honoured by Queen

January 15, 2009

A 94-year-old London woman has been awarded a CBE for her services to charity.

Sue Hammerson was originally created an OBE in 1981 for her charitable work. She is the founder of the old-age home, Hammerson House, in Bishop’s Avenue, Hampstead, which opened in July 1962. It was named in memory of her late husband, Lewis. Mr Hammerson died in 1958 aged 42.


Tales from Lipman’s life

December 18, 2008

Maureen Lipman proved a star attraction for the New North London Synagogue as an evening of anecdotes at the Inner Temple raised over £18,000 for shul funds and other charities.

Before an audience of 240, Ms Lipman spoke without notes for almost 90 minutes, covering her upbringing, Judaism, acting career and marriage to the late playwright, Jack Rosenthal.

Her appearance fulfilled a pledge to close friend and NNLS member Elaine Paradise, with whom she went to school in Hull.


£1m appeal for Mumbai children

By Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, December 11, 2008

A British charity has launched an international appeal to raise over £1 million for the children of those killed in the attack on Mumbai’s Chabad House.

Those helped by the Chevras Mo’oz Ladol appeal will include two-year-old Moishy Holzberg, who was rescued from the centre where his parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holzberg, were murdered.


Minibus gift to Ashkelon gets nursery up to speed

December 4, 2008

An Ashkelon nursery providing reduced-rate childcare for Ethiopian-Israeli children has been able to replace its dilapidated minibus through a £35,000-plus donation from the My Israel charity.

My Israel founder Danni Franks had identified the Garden of Hope Nursery as an urgent cause and raised the money through private contributions, events including a five-day trek and a legacy from a refugee from Nazi Germany.

The minibus was delivered to Eliyahu Yosseka, who started the project with his wife, Aviva, and drives the children to the nursery every day.


US charity gave $12.4m to Hamas

November 27, 2008

Five former leaders of a Muslim charity may face lengthy prison sentences after being convicted on multiple charges of transferring money to Hamas.

A court in the United States ruled that the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development - once the largest Muslim charity in the US - must now forfeit some $12.4 million (£8m) to the United States government.

The move follows a lengthy legal process and a trial last year which broke down in disarray after a jury deadlock, prompting a mis-trial.


Katie Melua unplugged for Africa aid charity

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2008

Katie Melua is to perform at the launch of a welfare charity whose members were moved by a visit to an Aids orphange during an Aish trip to South Africa.

The singer will play an acoustic set at AfricArt, being staged by the African Social Action Project (ASAP) at the Getty Images Gallery in the West End next month.

"These guys went on a trip, saw a problem and have then gone and created their own charity to help. It is incredible and inspiring," she said.


Jewish Blind and Disabled receives £350 from Waitrose Community Matters charity

November 6, 2008

Jewish Blind and Disabled has received £350 from the Waitrose Community Matters charitable fundraising scheme. Each month, the supermarket supports local causes suggested by shoppers and JBD was backed by the Mill Hill East store. JBD's Hazel Kaye said the money would go towards "the continued upkeep of our seven assisted living projects".


Shekel rate adds to strain on charities

By Jay Grenby, November 6, 2008

Charities raising funds for Israeli causes have more than the credit crunch to contend with. Around a 25 per cent fall in exchange rates means that funds generated are worth considerably less in Israeli currency.

"We are presently getting a lot fewer shekels for our pounds than hitherto," reported Alison Rosen, executive director of Wizo UK, which supports welfare and educational projects in Israel. "This effectively reduces the amount of money we can send and we therefore need to raise more than ever to maintain even the same level of support."