Jewish Care

George Osborne backs Israel

February 4, 2010

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has assured a high-powered audience of Jewish businessmen and women of his strong support for Israel.

He told 300 guests at the Jewish Care breakfast at London’s Mansion House on Monday: “Over the next couple of years, the state of Israel is going to face all sorts of challenges and I want you to know I am a good friend of Israel.”

On a visit to the country with Conservative Friends of Israel, he had seen “the miracle created in the desert there”.

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Volunteer of the week

January 21, 2010

Adele Barbanel

JEWISH CARE

The 59-year-old has volunteered at Jewish Care’s Redbridge Jewish Community Centre since 1996

Why Jewish Care?
I was watching a television programme featuring the Chief Rabbi visiting Jewish Care’s homes and thought to myself that I would like to be involved with something similar.

What does your current volunteering role involve?

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It's a wrap: fashion icon wins charity prize

By Robyn Rosen, November 26, 2009

Real life Jewish princess and fashion pioneer Diane von Furstenberg cut an impressive figure for Jewish Care when she was honoured as its Woman of Distinction.

The designer, best known for her wrap dress, told around 300 women at London’s Langham Hilton how her life was shaped by her mother Liliane Nahmias, an Auschwitz survivor.

Ms von Furstenberg was born in Brussels in 1946, 18 months after her mother was liberated, then weighing little more than three stone.

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BA chief's sky-high praise

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

The work of Jewish Care has been praised as a “shining example of community responsibility” by a high-flying source — British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh.

Addressing over 200 businessmen and women at a sell-out breakfast at Claridges, Mr Walsh said: “I am astounded about the work the charity does.

“It’s really impressive and I want to pay tribute. It is a truly wonderful service.”

Charity was never more important than when the economy was in trouble, he added.

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£10m windfall boosts welfare campus fund

By Robyn Rosen, September 24, 2009

A £10 million donation from the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation has brought Jewish Care close to its £44 million target for its new Golders Green campus.

The campus, with facilities including a care home, day centre, living apartments and offices, will be dedicated to the late philanthropists.

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Scottish welfare target

September 10, 2009

Jewish Care Scotland hopes to raise £60,000 from its Rosh Hashanah appeal to help it maintain assistance to over 500 clients.

JCS chair Maureen Solomons said: “It is essential that we raise enough to ensure we can continue to deliver the care and support we know people want. Donations will help fund the professional social work team, including those with specialist knowledge in debt management, family problems and care in the community for older people.”

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Charity Commission warns Cardiff home

By Simon Rocker, September 10, 2009

The only Jewish old age home in Wales has been told it must do more to publicise help for people unable to pay its fees if it is to remain a charity.

Penylan House in Cardiff was informed by the Charity Commission that it had failed to meet the legal requirement to provide “public benefit”.

In a report on the home, the commission noted “the lack of clear information that assistance may be available for those who cannot afford the fees”.

It also found “the absence of a clear, budgeted plan of targeted assistance to help in cases where top-up fees cannot be afforded”.

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Interest rockets in Jewish Care vacancies

By Robyn Rosen, August 21, 2009

Jewish Care is experiencing a massive upsurge in job applications as the recession forces more people back on to the employment market.

The health and social care charity claims a 1,600 per cent increase in responses from job seekers.
Recruitment drives normally attract 100 to 200 applications. This year, there have been 2,000 inquiries for 43 positions in the care sector.

Jewish Care director of human resources Diane Blausten has been overwhelmed by the interest. “We have been inundated with inquiries and have received some very high calibre applications,” she reported.

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Volunteer of the week: Brian Eisenberg

August 13, 2009

The semi-retired former corporate executive has volunteered for Jewish Care since 1992

Why Jewish Care?
I have always had a passion for working with the elderly and ensuring that they are able to maintain their dignity. As a child I visited my grandparents in a care home and realised the importance of ensuring people in care are offered a range of activities that suit their needs.

What does your current volunteering involve?

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Vote winner

August 13, 2009

Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge has praised the standards at Jewish Care’s Raymond House home and Southend and Westcliff Jewish Community Centre.

Mr Duddridge toured both premises and was complimentary about “the high level of support. I was very impressed by the high standards at Raymond House, not only for care but also for the commitment to uphold the Jewish heritage of residents.”

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