Northern charities strive to maintain services

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2010

Welfare charities in Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow are making contingency plans to cope with public funding cuts due to be announced by local authorities within weeks.

Manchester's largest welfare charity, the Federation of Jewish Services, said around 20 per cent of its annual budget is at risk of cuts by four Greater Manchester councils. But the fallout could range from just £20,000 to £100,000 a year with the final figure only becoming clear in December, when many of its care contracts are to be reviewed by local authorities.


Plea from welfare bosses facing funding cuts

By Jessica Elgot, November 4, 2010

Jewish charities will be seeking millions of pounds in extra donations from the community to combat budget cuts from local authorities and a rise in demand for services from recession victims.


More than a million raised for MDA

By Leon Symons, November 4, 2010

Magen David Adom raised more than £1.1 million at its annual fundraising dinner at the Millenium Hotel in London's Mayfair on Tuesday.

An MDA spokesman said: "It was a record on the night but the dinner campaign goes on for longer than that."

The charity that raises money for Israel's ambulance service, and which also takes charge of its blood donation service, changed the usual dinner agenda of a serious speaker by bringing in impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner, who brought howls of laughter from the 340 guests with a stream of gags.


Oxfam works in Israel to ‘alter the balance’

By Jessica Elgot, November 2, 2010

Oxfam is to launch a new strategy to improve its image with Israel and British Jews, after concerns about pro-Palestinian bias within the organisation.

The charity has never actively publicised its work with Jewish Israelis. During Operation Cast Lead Oxfam released a statement saying Palestinians had “fewer rights than convicts”.


Support pours in for young mum memorial fund

By Leon Symons, October 28, 2010

More than £40,000 for charity has already been raised in the name of a young north London mother-of-three who died on Monday night.

Jenny Morhaim, 27, suffered a sudden bleed into her brain. Her family were at her bedside. She was buried in the Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Thousands of people sent prayers and messages to a Facebook page. Money raised will assist needy Jewish families in north-west London through the Gift charity.


Grant helps Malki find her feet

By Jessica Elgot, October 26, 2010

A strictly Orthodox family have spoken of how a BBC Children in Need grant helped their wheelchair-bound daughter learn to ride a bike.

Malki Gertner, nine, from Hackney also learns swimming and horse-riding with the charity Step-by-Step.

The charity was given a grant of £120,570 over three years to help fund after-school sports for 121 disabled children in the area, aged five to 19.

Malki's mother, Francesca, said the charity was a "life-saver" for her and husband Shloime, a popular Charedi singer, who has released an album with a track entitled Malki's Song.


Mitzvah Day 2010

By Jennifer Lipman, October 21, 2010
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Mitzvah Day 2010 will take place on November 21. Watch the video to find out more.

More on Mitzvah Day on the dedicated JC page


Leeds fears welfare funding cuts

October 21, 2010

The Leeds Jewish Welfare Board president says the charity's staff have "hearts in their mouths" as they wait to discover the fallout from the government spending cuts.

Edward Ziff believes it will be a month before the ramifications of the spending review will translate into funding cutbacks by Leeds and Harrogate local authorities, which partly fund the welfare board. "We are having a number of reviews on various projects they finance."


'Pay for me and I'll pray for you'

By Nathan Jeffay, October 14, 2010

'Children are pure-hearted; they haven't sinned; their prayers are unlike yours or mine", declares the Orthodox author Tziporah Heller in a video for an extremely troubling Jewish fundraising campaign.

Here is the deal: go on to the website of the Israeli charity, Yad Ezra V'Shulamit, input the name of a person in need of divine assistance, make a donation by credit card, and the impoverished children for whom it provides hot meals will intercede with God from the Western Wall on your behalf.