Jewish Blind and Disabled receives £350 from Waitrose Community Matters charity

November 6, 2008

Jewish Blind and Disabled has received £350 from the Waitrose Community Matters charitable fundraising scheme. Each month, the supermarket supports local causes suggested by shoppers and JBD was backed by the Mill Hill East store. JBD's Hazel Kaye said the money would go towards "the continued upkeep of our seven assisted living projects".


Shekel rate adds to strain on charities

By Jay Grenby, November 6, 2008

Charities raising funds for Israeli causes have more than the credit crunch to contend with. Around a 25 per cent fall in exchange rates means that funds generated are worth considerably less in Israeli currency.

"We are presently getting a lot fewer shekels for our pounds than hitherto," reported Alison Rosen, executive director of Wizo UK, which supports welfare and educational projects in Israel. "This effectively reduces the amount of money we can send and we therefore need to raise more than ever to maintain even the same level of support."


Israel aid charity trebles its money

November 6, 2008

A charity facilitating direct donations to "carefully selected" grassroots projects in Israel has raised over £450,000 in eight months, far exceeding its initial target of £150,000 in a year.

My Israel was founded by Danielle Franks, who says that every penny contributed goes to its allocated project. The charity's administrative costs are covered by separate dedicated donations.


Years five and six pupils at Ilford Jewish Primary School raise £100 for RSPCA

October 23, 2008

Years five and six pupils at Ilford Jewish Primary School raised £100 for the RSPCA, which will help to equip an inspector's van with an animal first-aid kit, pet carrier and rescue set. The money came from an IJPS "cutest pet" contest, a raffle and a competition to guess the amount of pasta in a jar.


Drugsline's first golf tournament raises thousands

October 16, 2008

Drugsline's first golf tournament, held at the Abridge club, raised several thousand pounds towards the Essex-based charity's support for those affected by drug addiction. Richard Daniels was the individual winner of the tournament, which was followed by a three-course dinner where the guest speaker was Penny Mallory, champion rally driver and television presenter. Karen Sharpe chaired the tournament committee.


The Pinner Israel Action Group hold Israeli wine-tasting fundraiser

October 16, 2008

The Pinner Israel Action Group moved closer to completing its second partnership with the Israel Guide Dog Centre for the Blind after an Israeli wine-tasting fundraiser. Forty wine buffs heard Neil Isaacson of Hendon kosher wine specialist Amazing Grapes give a short lecture on wine-making and an overview of the fast-growing Israeli market before enjoying a tasting. The Pinner Israel Action Group has already completed one $25,000 partnership with the Israel Guide Dog Centre to support the raising and training of a guide dog.


Exclusive: Manchester welfare charities to merge

September 23, 2008

The two largest welfare charities in the Manchester area, the Fed and Heathlands Village, are in the process of merging, the JC.Com can exclusively reveal.

The Fed, formerly the Manchester Jewish Federation, offers support services and financial assistance to Jewish people in need throughout Greater Manchester. Heathlands, the long-established Manchester Jewish Homes for the Aged, provides residential care for elderly people in supervised flats and wards under full nursing care.


Communal leaders slam anti-Israel comments

By Leon Symons, August 15, 2008

Two Jewish community leaders have hit back at the head of a charity over anti-Israeli remarks he made in a charity magazine interview.

Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies, and Jeremy Newmark, head of the Jewish Leadership Council, wrote to Third Sector warning that "the demonisation of Zionists, Zionism and Israel that is increasingly prevalent in parts of the third-sector/non-governmental organisation community can slip very easily into demonisation of Jews".


Crunch time for charities

By Leon Symons, August 8, 2008

Jewish charities are suffering grave financial effects from the credit crunch sweeping the UK.

Charities in all areas - from single-issue organisations to those with larger remits - have seen donations fall as people find themselves with less disposable income while spending more on utility bills.

The cost of kosher food has also risen dramatically this year, meaning charities are having to spend far more on running costs.


Leeds Jewish Welfare Board charity shop surpasses target by £30k

By John Fisher, August 8, 2008

Known locally as "the Harrods of charity shops", Leeds Jewish Welfare Board's store has raised over £100,000 in its first year of trading, surpassing its target figure by £30,000.

Located in Moortown, in the heart of the Jewish community, the success of "thewellfairshop" has not totally surprised its organisers. Manager Andrina Calvert said: "I always had faith that the shop would do well here and I cannot praise my volunteers enough."