More families ask for help to pay their Pesach bills

By Jessica Elgot, March 22, 2012

Record numbers of people are approaching welfare organisations for financial help to meet the cost of keeping Pesach.

Around 550 United Synagogue congregants have requested assistance.


The Israel tour of a lifetime

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

We are arranged in a circle, surrounded by pots of coloured paint and plastic stencils, ready to create designs for Purim T-shirts. The place is northern Israel, minutes from the Mediterranean. Ages range from 18 to 25. In the past few days we have been donkey riding in biblical costumes, taken part in adventure activities in the Carmel forest and toured the Mini Israel theme park.


Ed Miliband helps to raise £14K for Norwood's work

February 20, 2012

Ed Miliband commended Norwood's "important work" as he helped the charity to raise £14,000 at its third annual YN current affairs reception. The Labour Party leader said the charity "has a well deserved reputation for its vital services which allow thousands of people to achieve their goals".



Norwood celebrates Chanucah

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

Norwood service users celebrate Chanucah with pupils at JCoSS.


Norwood scores victory on cuts to mobility costs

December 8, 2011

The government's change of heart over withdrawing the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance has been welcomed by Norwood, which campaigned vigorously against the move.

Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller has confirmed that the proposal - which would have affected up to 80,000 disabled people in care homes - will not be included in the upcoming Welfare Reform Bill.


Off to a tea with Norwood's help

November 24, 2011

Barnet Mayor Councillor Rita Rutter supported the Norwood Mitzvah Day effort.

Councillor Rutter attended a tea party thrown by Young Norwood volunteers at the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon for members of the Unity recreational group for disabled children and young people.

Young Hendon United and Edgware Reform congregants helped to paint a mural at Kennedy Leigh and gave the Norwood


Profiting from generation game as young help the old

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Mitzvah Day brought generations together, with many young participants engaged in activities assisting elderly community members and Holocaust survivors.

Teenagers at the London Jewish Cultural Centre baked scones and miniature Victoria sponges and prepared finger sandwiches with chef Lisa Roukin for a tea party for survivors.

LJCC youth co-ordinator Laurence Field said: "We do so much work


Strictly raising £2.8m at Norwood's dinner

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2011

Stars of Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice and Dragons' Den helped more than 1,200 Norwood supporters raise £2.8 million for the charity's work with vulnerable children and adults.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson was the guest speaker, and entertained guests with his views on the "thoroughly baffling protests against capitalism" by the Occupy London protesters.


It's OK for Norwood

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

It's not enough to feed your guests, you must give them something to read, too. Diners at Norwood's fundraiser left with copies of OK magazine, which is published by the charity's president Richard Desmond - slighter literary fare, though, than that the New Israel Fund offering to its supporters: copies of the novels of guest speaker A.B. Yehoshua.


Strictly's Alesha Dixon at Norwood dinner

November 16, 2011

Stars of Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice and Dragons Den helped more than 1,200 Norwood supporters raise £2.8m for the its work with vulnerable children and adults.

Celebrities giving their support included Strictly judge Alesha Dixon, Dragon Theo Paphitis, Apprentice judge Karren Brady.