MDA closes Manchester office

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2013

Magen David Adom UK is to close its Manchester office and remove its regional director role.

The charity said the restructure would improve fundraising through the launch of young committees and help from volunteers in Leeds and Manchester, which are to be co-ordinated by a London team.


UN is sweet on honey-makers

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2013

An international aid charity founded by a British rabbi has won a £445,000 grant from a United Nations agency to improve honey production in the developing world.


IDF has the X Factor for Simon Cowell

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2013

Music mogul Simon Cowell has boosted the Israeli Army with a sizeable donation at a gala dinner in Los Angeles.

The X Factor chief gave a sum thought to be in the region of £150,000 at the annual fundraising event hosted by the American Friends of the IDF.


Dispute delays development

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2013

Planning applications for a £2.3 million social housing scheme on the former site of Manchester Zionist HQ Mamlock House have been delayed by 18 months while “delicate discussions” continue between Manchester Jewish Housing Association and Manchester City Council.


Desmond takes healthy interest in funding

By Rosa Doherty, October 21, 2013

Media mogul Richard Desmond visited an arts and educational centre in Tottenham on Tuesday to see how £19,000 in funding from Mr Desmond’s Health Lottery was helping to support young strictly Orthodox men with learning difficulties.


Meir Panim chooses Idol

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2013

Former Israel Idol winner Hagit Yaso brought additional glamour to the Meir Panim UK fundraising dinner in London’s West End on Saturday evening.

The 24-year-old, who won the talent contest in 2011, treated the 250 guests to emotional renditions of Adon Olam and Yerushalayim Shel Zahav. Dinner was prepared by Michelin-starred chef Pascal Aussignac.


Oxfam bends the rules

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 18, 2013

At the end of September, a two-day conference was held in Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum. Entitled, Realising the Return of Palestinian Refugees, the theme was the alleged “dispossession” suffered by Palestinian Arabs at the time of Israel’s re-establishment, and the remedies that might even now be offered in atonement, as it were, for this supposed injustice.


Ort gala dinner 2013

By Sandy Rashty, October 16, 2013

Veteran BBC political broadcaster and “friend of Israel” John Sergeant was guest speaker at the annual Ort dinner which raised more than £350,000.

Former Trade and Industry Secretary Lord Young told Ort supporters of the impact on government thinking of the charity’s global educational and training network.

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Big dinner money for MDA

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

Dinners supporting Magen David Adom in London and Manchester this week raised £1.5 million and £115,000 respectively.

They were addressed by the president of the Jordanian Red Crescent Society, Dr Mohammed Al-Hadid, who focused on MDA’s partnerships with their Jordanian and Palestinian counterparts.


Ottolenghi raises Smile

By Charlotte Oliver, October 14, 2013

A children’s charity launched by two north London Jewish women got off to a tasty start — a cookery demonstration by Israeli-born chef and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi.