Laniado's Haggadah is in big demand

April 18, 2008

Over £10,000 has been raised for Netanya’s Laniado Hospital from sales of the Laniado Haggadah by its UK support group and specialist bookshops.

Sponsored by Nicole and Yoyo Allalouf, the Haggadah includes illustrations by young Laniado patients.

More than 450 copies have been purchased, with an order for 50 placed by Merrill Lynch vice-president Victor Polak, who said: “It is a great honour to assist in this project for a special hospital like Laniado, serving all faiths and races.”


Mayor leaps into action

By Jodie Mablin, April 18, 2008

Councillor Louise Hyams is heading for a fall when she becomes Lord Mayor of Westminster next month.

In support of her mayoral charity, For Dementia, the 56-year-old grandmother is planning a sponsored parachute jump.

“The charity promotes Admiral nurses, who are specialists in dementia care, and helps to support families and carers,” Councillor Hyams told the JC. “My mother has dementia so I know first-hand how difficult it can be.”


Norwood challenges the sporty

April 18, 2008

Norwood has launched a new programme of Challenges which the children and family charity hopes will generate more than the £1.3 million raised from the 2007 events.


Gift giving helps the less fortunate

April 18, 2008

Over 300 community members brought boxes and bags of chametz to a North-West London drop-off point on Sunday for the annual collection of the Gift charity.

Wines, biscuits, cakes, pasta and cereal were among the 3,000kg of produce donated. The food will be stored, sold through the London Beth Din and distributed to local families and disadvantaged Jewish communities abroad after the festival.

The Hasmonean, North-West London and Nancy Reuben primary schools were involved in the collection. More than 60 young volunteers, some as young as six, helped fill the boxes.


Pesach appeals

April 11, 2008

Norwood’s help for eight-year-old Emily, a victim of parental abuse, is highlighted in its Pesach appeal, which has a £100,000 target.

Its theme is the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea — and how Norwood’s work within the community provides minor “miracles” to the many thousands who rely on the charity’s support.


M&S boss gives ORT top marks

April 11, 2008

Marks & Spencer chief executive Sir Stuart Rose compared his company’s values to those of educational charity ORT when he addressed a British ORT business breakfast at the Park Lane Hotel last Friday.

Sir Stuart told the 250 guests that both organisations appreciated the importance of education and training, “doing our bit in society to help people”.


Pesach food parcels

April 11, 2008

Over 450 parcels of Pesach essentials will be distributed to elderly and isolated members of the community through a joint initiative between the United Synagogue and the London School of Jewish Studies.

Project Chesed parcels include matzah, wine, tea, coffee, cheese and cold meats. They will be dispatched across 24 US communities, with the greatest demand from Hackney and East London Synagogue.

Rakusen’s, Osem, Blooms and Snowcrest are among food firms supporting the venture, which has also received backing from the Benjamin Angel Foundation and a private donor.


Charity told to repay rabbi £322k

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2008

A North London rabbi has won a High Court claim to be repaid more than £322,000 by a strictly Orthodox charity which he says was intended as a loan, not a gift.

Rabbi Moshe Meisels, from Stamford Hill, had sued supporters of the anti-Zionist Satmar Chasidic sect who raised funds for a charity, the Yetev Lev Jerusalem Trust.

On Wednesday, Mr Justice Blake hoped “that the bitter controversy this claim has created within the synagogues of Stamford Hill will now abate”.


Wheels of fortune

April 4, 2008

Sixteen Bnei Akiva members were saddle sore on Wednesday after completing a 220-mile charity cycle from its regional offices in Manchester to the London headquarters in Golders Green.

Participants have been preparing since the beginning of the year for the four-day challenge.

One of the riders, Londoner Estée Djanogly, said that while the training had been enjoyable, the event itself had been “very demanding. The pain of riding is excruciating”.

Ben Gross and Joseph Machta left their second-year yeshivah studies early to take part.