Charity

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.

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£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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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Southgate Progressive Synagogue’s grand 60th celebrations

May 23, 2008

More than 100 guests were at Southgate Progressive Synagogue’s grand celebration party for Israel at 60, which included a live audio link to Danny Fesler, head of the Leo Baeck Education Centre in Haifa. Over £700 was raised for Israeli charities.

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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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