Samuel cashes in on his art to give back to supportive Camp Simcha

July 16, 2015

Sessions with a Camp Simcha art teacher are what five-year-old Samuel Van Emden looks forward to between chemotherapy treatments. And as a thank you to the charity, which has supported his Shenley family since his diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last September, Samuel's art was exhibited locally to raise funds.


Parents praise caring Kisharon at £800,000 meal

July 16, 2015

Kisharon's help for children with special needs was highlighted at its annual dinner by families who have benefited.

The dinner chairs, Nicola and Jeffrey Rubinoff, have a four-year-old girl, Evie, with Down's syndrome who attends Kisharon's Tuffkid nursery.


Water worker sparkles for his charitable efforts

July 16, 2015

A West London teenager who has raised nearly £150,000 for WaterAid was presented with an award by Samantha Cameron in Downing Street on Tuesday.

George Rosenfeld, 16, found out about the charity's efforts to provide clean, safe water and sanitation to millions of people worldwide when looking for a cause to support during his barmitzvah year.

Having initially raised £13,000, he successfull


Osborne leaves charities struggling to budget

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

Communal charities and their clients are counting the cost of key measures announced by Chancellor George Osborne in Wednesday's Budget.

Welfare organisations with large staffs are concerned about finding the extra money to cover the new national living wage for over-25s, which replaces the current minimum wage of £6.50 an hour. It will rise to £7.20 from next April and to £9 from 2020.


Camp Simcha retreat brings laughter to brain-surgery girl

July 9, 2015

A week after undergoing brain surgery, seven-year-old Isabella Scarry was happily running around the Camp Simcha family retreat, the scarf bought to cover the scar on her head forgotten in the excitement.

Isabella, from Ilford, suffers from severe epilepsy.


Special volunteers

July 8, 2015

A seminar, run by the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) at their Hendon headquarters offered training to six mentors to enable them to support volunteers with a range of special needs.


Leading journalist John Ware wins Wizo media award

By Sandy Rashty, July 7, 2015

BBC journalist John Ware has claimed that there is a “deficit” in the corporation’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The award-winning investigative journalist, who worked on the BBC public affairs programme Panorama from 1986 to 2012, was speaking at the Wizo Commitment Awards event on Monday night.


Making a quick buck

July 2, 2015

British supporters of Israeli educational charity Shuvu played a key role in an international fundraising challenge against the clock, contributing $250,000 to a $1.7 million total.

Donations made during the 24-hour drive, organised by New York-based body, Charidy, were quadrupled with matching funding from major donors.


London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel expresses regret over Pesach date clash

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2015

The chief executive of the London Marathon has told UK Jewish communal leaders that he “regrets” that the event will coincide with the second night of Passover next year.

Complaints were filed after the dates were announced with many Jewish runner unable to participate - and fundraise for charities - as a result of religious commitments.


Charities probed over late accounts

By Simon Rocker, June 11, 2015

The Charity Commission has opened new inquiries into two Orthodox Jewish charities as part of a wider crackdown on organisations that have failed to submit their accounts on time.

Both the Bfon Trust, based in Golders Green, and the Chevras Machzikei Mesifta (Chevras MM) in Hackney, north London, had previously been the subject of investigations by the charity watchdog.