Israel will always be our ally, pledges David Cameron

By Sandy Rashty, November 17, 2014

David Cameron has pledged that Israel would always be an ally of Britain while he remained in Downing Street.

Speaking at the annual Norwood dinner on Monday night, which raised a record-breaking £3.6 million for the charity, the Prime Minister said: "Israel is our ally. Israel is our friend. And with me as Prime Minister that will never change."


The challenge that changed my life

By Robert Desmond, November 14, 2014

It’s difficult to admit but let’s face it we all do it — we walk past beggars on the street as if they don’t exist. It’s as if we’re too embarrassed to confront them. The same goes for people with disabilities. Some find it a challenge to engage with them, worried they might say the wrong thing, react in the wrong way or cause unnecessary upset.


Jonathan Shalit: Starmaker who shows celebs what it means to be Jewish

By Sandy Rashty, November 13, 2014

'Yes, I work in showbusiness, the business of show, but I work in a very serious business, a very hard business,' Jonathan Shalit tells me with his infectious enthusiasm.


'State cuts have hit us hard but we’ll go on, says Norwood CEO

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2014

Every day, Elaine Kerr takes tough decisions that affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

As the chief executive of Norwood, her choices impact on the lives of around 8,000 children and adults with learning difficulties who have come to depend on the Jewish charity.

And her job, she says, has never been tougher.


Bremner is a roaring success for Norwood

September 18, 2014

Rory Bremner made a huge impression on guests at Norwood's "distressed investment" dinner in London's Mayfair, which raised a record £322,000.

A pitch perfect George W Bush was a clear favourite and satirical swipes at the financial sector also went down well with the 290 diners.


Richard Desmond and Ronnie Harris' letter in full

August 28, 2014

We are all aware of the attacks on our Norwood shops as well as the large increase in antisemitic comments throughout the UK. We also heard last week a wonderful speech by the Israeli ambassador in Bradford as well as excellent words from Yair Lapid when he delivered a speech at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.


Desmond urges leaders to step forward and lead

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

The leading figures of one of Britain's biggest Jewish charities have criticised the response of communal leaders to the Gaza crisis.

In a letter published in today's JC, Norwood president Richard Desmond and vice-president Ronnie Harris call on senior figures including Peers and rabbis to "lead from the front".


Chief execs: they earn their pay

By Vivienne Lewis, June 6, 2014

I have worked in the community for over 30 years and, yes, I "confess" to having been one of the well-paid chief executives before retiring.


Norwood joins Spurs in sporting venture

May 19, 2014

A Norwood partnership with Tottenham Hotspur that will offer sporting opportunities for those with learning disabilities has received a £444,000 grant from Sport England's Inclusive Sport Fund.

Through Change the Game, Norwood and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will deliver sporting sessions for over 200 people across London and Berkshire for the next three years.


Norwood adopts merger venture

By Simon Round, April 11, 2014

Norwood is merging its adoption services with children's charity Coram.

The move has been made in response to new legislation intended to speed up the adoption process. This had created a problem for Norwood, chief executive Elaine Kerr explained. "Our team is very small and if we were to keep pace with the new legislation we would need a much larger number of people to respond appropriately.