JNF

No answers to questions on JNF funds

By Leon Symons, February 26, 2009

A row has broken out between JNF UK, some of its donors and a charity in Israel, over $1 million (£687,778) in donations.

Project Or, a non-governmental organisation founded nine years ago to build and develop new communities in the Negev and Galilee, has claimed that JNF has not passed on the money, which was pledged at a dinner at Claridges in January 2007.

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JNF weekend earns over £50k for Sderot

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 12, 2009

Responding to a plea from Sderot for funding for a secure park for children, JNF Manchester raised over £50,000 at the weekend.

Almost £5,000 was brought in from a party at the Bijou bar in the city centre on Saturday evening. Close on 400 people attended the event, staged by JNF’s new Unite group, catering for 21-to-40-year-olds.

The bulk of the money was brought in from JNF’s annual Green Sunday telephone appeal. Thirty volunteers manned phones at the charity’s Manchester offices in Mamlock House.

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JNF praised for openness

December 4, 2008

JNF UK has made “a vast improvement” in providing information about its spending, according to Intelligent Giving, an independent organisation which monitors charities.

British Jewry’s third largest fundraising organisation received a 60 per cent rating from IG for openness and transparency .

That compares favourably with JNF’s previous scores of 32 per cent and 25 per cent, which had placed it close to the bottom of the list of Jewish charities evaluated.

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Peace deal ends JNF dispute

November 20, 2008

A 10-year row between the UK branch of the Jewish National Fund and Keren Kayemet Leyisrael has come to an end, with the signing of an agreement between the two organisations.

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JNF man ‘pays court £100,000’

October 30, 2008

Informed sources have told the JC that Simon Winters, the former chief executive of JNF UK, has paid an estimated £100,000 to the High Court in respect of his lost action against leading law firm Mishcon de Reya.

Mr Winters, who left the charity this summer, had sought an injunction to prevent Mishcon acting for JNF UK in a dispute over the termination of his employment, claiming there was a conflict of interest.

Mr Winters was ordered to pay £100,000, representing 70 percent of Mishcon's costs.

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Revealed: the secret JNF cash transfers

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2008

Hundreds of thousands of pounds were transferred from JNF UK to an Israeli organisation set up by its former leaders without being stated in the JNF accounts, it has emerged.

The activities of Nes Eretz Israel came to a light during an unsuccessful High Court action recently brought by the JNF's ex-chief executive, Simon Winters.

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Judge: I found Winters’ evidence sometimes demonstrably false

October 17, 2008

"In 1996 the claimant, Simon Winters, became the chief executive of the UK branch of the JNF. He continued to hold that post until at least June of this year, when his present solicitors, George Davies LLP, wrote to the then President of the JNF, Gail Seal, on June 25 claiming that his position as chief executive had been undermined by changes being made to the management structure of the JNF, and that the JNF had fundamentally breached his contract of employment.

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Winters failed to tell truth in court

By Simon Rocker, October 17, 2008

Simon Winters, the former chief executive of JNF UK, was this week castigated by a High Court judge for failing to tell the truth in a failed legal action he brought against leading lawyers Mishcon de Reya.

Mr Winters, who left the charity he had headed since 1996 this summer, had sought an injunction to stop Mishcon acting for JNF in a dispute over the termination of his employment, claiming that there was a conflict of interest because the lawyers had previously acted personally for him.

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JNF was scene of endless rows, says lawyer Julius

By Leon Symons, September 12, 2008

The former chief executive of JNF UK must wait until October to find out whether or not his court action against one of the country's top law firms has been successful.

Mr Justice Henderson told both parties at the end of a three-day hearing last week that he reserved his judgment and, because of his own commitments and administrative difficulties, would not able to deliver his decision until early next month.

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Court told of JNF cash row and ‘bugging’

By Leon Symons, September 4, 2008

The former chief executive of JNF UK, who is in legal dispute with his ex-employer - and is also suing this newspaper over its reporting of his departure - this week took one of Britain's top law firms to court in a separate action which has brought extraordinary revelations about the charity.

Simon Winters, who left the charity two months ago following the arrival of new chairman Samuel Hayek, is seeking an injunction to stop Mishcon de Reya acting for JNF in his dispute with it over the end of his employment, alleging a conflict of interest.

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