Charity

Royal invitation for Israeli who gave £20 million to maritime museum

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

The Duke of Edinburgh has asked to meet Israeli billionaire Sammy Ofer following his £20 million donation to the National Maritime Museum last week.

The Duke reportedly wants to show his appreciation to Mr Ofer for the bequest — believed to be the largest single donation by an individual to any cultural project in Britain.

Mr Ofer, 86, who once served in the Royal Navy, is a close friend of the museum’s chairman, Lord Sterling of Plaistow. He gave the money as a personal gesture.

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Appealing at Pesach

April 4, 2008

Jewish Care hopes to raise over £350,000 from a Pesach appeal.

A letter to supporters features the story of Alan Levine, who benefited from the charity’s social work team and carers’ service when his 49-year old wife had a stroke.

“Before this year, it was my belief that I would never need to turn to anyone, other than family or friends,” he wrote. “From the moment I got in touch with Jewish Care, I felt supported. Now I thoroughly understand what a difference they can make.”

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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.

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Drugsline extends service

March 28, 2008

Drugsline has announced an extension to its support and counselling services. The Ilford-based charity is to offer out-of-hours after-care sessions for those who have been through addiction treatment and require therapeutic support.

The evening support group, which will be facilitated by a qualified practitioner, is to be available every Thursday between 7.30pm and 9.00pm. The charity has a freephone and confidential crisis line (0808 1 606 606) that is run by more than 60 volunteers.

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Care boss marks 35 years

March 28, 2008

Nightingale chief executive Leon Smith is celebrating this week as he marks his 35th year working at the South London care home — making him one of the longest-serving professionals in the community.

Mr Smith joined the staff at the Clapham care home in 1973 as a member of the junior management team. He became involved in the transformation of the home from one where residents were living in large open dormitories to today’s home where there are en-suite private rooms.

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Israeli charity sets up London office

March 28, 2008

The Israeli charity Keren Malki, which supplies equipment and support to children with severe physical disabilities, has launched a London-based fundraising branch.

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Rabbi and dog scent success

March 28, 2008

After walking more than 100 miles over six days through some of the stormiest weather London has seen for a while, Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and his trusty dog Mitzpah arrived home in Finchley last week, having raised nearly £60,000.

In the course of the walk, Rabbi Wittenberg, minister of New North London Synagogue, met people from 28 organisations, including the House of Commons, the Neasden Temple and the North London Hospice. He also he spent time with residents at Fairacres, the sheltered-housing complex with which the NNLS community has had strong links for many years.

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He gave away £2m, then died in a crash

By Leon Symons, March 28, 2008

The death of Benzion Dunner in a car accident at the weekend has robbed the Jewish community of one of its greatest philanthropists. Only two nights earlier, the man who described himself as “God’s postman” had given away around £2 million to poor and needy Jews who queued at his Golders Green home until four in the morning.

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