Fruitful aid at Tu Bishvat

By Jay Grenby, February 12, 2009

Around 1,500 children from London Jewish primary and secondary schools, nurseries and chedarim joined Gift’s Tu Bishvat initiative to help families in need.

The Hendon-based social action charity asked each pupil to bring fruit to school to be put into baskets by their class.

Volunteers delivered over 100 baskets to clients in time for the festival. Beis Yaakov, Hasmonean, Hertsmere and Yavneh College were among the schools involved.

“This initiative is exactly what Gift is all about,” said the charity’s director Michelle Barnett.


Mayor’s first-aid class

By Hannah Leader, February 5, 2009

Lord Mayor of London Ian Luder underwent medical training last week to promote a favourite charity.

As part of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, St John Ambulance London will place over 1,000 automated external defibrillators across the City of London, Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf.

Acting on his “building lives, saving lives” credo, Alderman Luder received defibrillator instruction from St John Ambulance personnel.


Servicemen call on army of helpers

February 5, 2009

The charitable arm of the Jewish Committee for HM Forces is relaunching on the back of a continuing increase in the number of Jews in the services.

Now known as the Friends of Jewish Servicemen and Women, the charity has raised funds to support chaplaincy services and a magazine to keep personnel abreast of wider community and faith issues.


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.