JNF

Charity launches appeal to aid Israeli children

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2014

JNF UK is calling on British Jews to support its children's appeal.

The charity’s Green Sunday Appeal, which launches this weekend, is raising funds for an early childhood centre in the Negev – providing care for children up to the age of six.

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JNF enjoys a boost in fundraising

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2013

JNF UK has reversed its slide in income and, for the first time in four years, increased donations.

Gifts to the charity went up from £1.5 million in 2011 to £1.7 million last year, according to its annual report.

JNF also enjoyed a bumper year for legacies, which brought in nearly £5.4 million, compared to £832,000 the previous year.

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£30million deal to hand over Holocaust assets

By Bernard Josephs, July 25, 2013

An historic agreement between the Jewish National Fund and Hashava, a company set up in 2007 by the Israeli government for the restitution of Holocaust victims’ assets is expected to lead to the return of nearly £30 million (NIS 159,000,000) to the families of victims.

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Smart starter

By Zoe Winograd, July 22, 2013

JNF UK and KKL have launched an online giving service.

SmartGiving allows users to create personal accounts into which they can deposit money and distribute funds to any registered charity. They can also create fundraising pages for specific events. Commission is charged to cover administrative costs and any “surplus fees” go to JNF.

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Former South African envoy rejects honour from ‘apartheid Israel’

By Sandy Rashty, June 24, 2013

The chairman of JNF UK has challenged a South African politician who refused to have trees in Israel planted in his name.

Ismail Coovadia, the former ambassador to Israel from March 2009 until last December, was presented with a gift from the Israeli Foreign Ministry at the end of his term in office.

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Charity Commission rejects claim against JNF

By Marcus Dysch, May 23, 2013

The Charity Commission has rejected a campaign group’s claim that the JNF should be stripped of its charitable status.

But the Commission will question JNF trustees on whether aspects of its work breach equality laws by dealing differently with Israelis and Palestinians.

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Stop the stoppers

May 23, 2013

Under its previous chairman, Dame Suzi Leather, the Charity Commission often behaved as if it was in thrall to whatever was the latest fashionable cause.

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JNF loses half its revenue

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2012

One of the community's leading Israel charities, JNF UK, has suffered a massive drop in contributions, with voluntary income plummeting by more than half from 2010 to 2011.

According to its newly-published accounts, income from donations, legacies and investments fell from around £5.1 million in 2010 to just over £2.4 million last year.

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The JNF must go back to its roots

By Sylvia Rothschild, May 24, 2012

As with so many diaspora Jews for more than 100 years, a Jewish National Fund blue collection box stood in my home as I was growing up, and I have one still.

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That's democracy

May 24, 2012

It is difficult to admire Avigdor Lieberman. He holds views which many British Jews find, to say the least, difficult. He appears certain to be indicted for corruption. He behaves as if his political mission is to create enemies rather than allies for Israel.

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