WJR checks on typhoon aid

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2014

Two World Jewish Relief employees are on an “emotional” visit to the Philippines, delivering support packs to victims of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan.


Charity ruling spells relief for strictly Orthodox

By Simon Rocker, January 17, 2014

A small Christian congregation has won a two-year battle to gain charitable status in a case which could have had a knock-on effect on strictly Orthodox Jewish groups.

The Charity Commission has finally agreed to register the Preston Down Trust in Devon, which belongs to the Plymouth Brethren sect, after rejecting its application in 2012.


Honour for Bach expert

By Simon Rocker, January 17, 2014

A London philanthropist, who fled Germany as a child, is to be presented with the country’s highest award.

Sir Ralph Kohn, 86, is to receive the Order of Merit at a ceremony at the German Embassy on Tuesday.


Oxfam concern over Palestinian activist

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2014

Oxfam has cancelled an exhibition about Gaza over concerns about a pro-Palestinian activist who was due to co-host the event with the charity.

Gaza: Through My Eyes was due to take place tonight at the East London Mosque in Whitechapel, with Ibrahim Hewitt as keynote speaker.

Oxfam pulled out after it was forwarded details of comments attributed to Mr Hewitt about homosexuality and Jews.


Salford cuts bite deep into respite support

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 13, 2014

More than £10 million of cuts by Salford Council to adult and childcare budgets will significantly impact on local Jewish charities and families.

Greater Manchester’s largest Jewish welfare charity, The Fed, says the latest tranche of cuts will mean the loss of Salford funding for its short-term respite service to families caring for a disabled relative.


League needs more men to be one of 'our lads'

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 6, 2014

A League of Jewish Women “lad” has dedicated his volunteering to helping impoverished ex-servicemen and women.
Harold Weisberg, 79, has helped hundreds of ex-soldiers and their widows in Salford, where he is treasurer of the local branch of the national armed forces charity SSAFA.


Smile's better at Fed club

January 6, 2014

An after-school club is being launched by The Fed for children with additional needs at The Hershel Weiss Children’s Centre, Salford.

The free club, which will be held on Wednesdays, will be staffed by family support workers from The Fed’s Project Smile team and is aimed at five to 12-year-old Jewish children who have a diagnosed disability.


How to take the Lead

January 6, 2014

Broadcaster Martyn Lewis was big news at the second annual Jewish community trustee event organised by Lead, the JLC’s leadership development division.

Mr Lewis gave the keynote address at the event, run in partnership with the Jewish Volunteering Network and hosted by City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner. The 85 attendees represented 35 communal organisations.


Honours for producer Codron, author Horowitz and FA’s Bernstein

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

An American rabbi, a theatre producer, a writer and the former Football Association chairman have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.


Third site to change lives Langdon style

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

Langdon opened its third supported living community in Borehamwood.

The charity, which helps vulnerable youth and adults with learning disabilities, already provides supported housing schemes in Edgware and Manchester.

Langdon chief executive Alison Rosen said the £1 million unit is “a major milestone and a proud moment for the charity.