Wizo volunteers on Jewish Women's Week

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2012

For anyone tracking the history of British Jewry over the past six decades, the Jewish Women’s Week records might be a good place to start.

It is 65 years since the first group of Wizo women knocked on doors with a collection box, establishing the tradition of a May fundraising week in aid of the charity’s work in Israel with vulnerable women and children.


Wizo raises £230k

October 27, 2011

Wizo’s Jewish Women’s Week campaign raised more than £230,000, exceeding expectations in a difficult economic climate.

“We are delighted with this year’s success and are grateful to over 1,000 volunteers across the UK,” said Women’s Week chair Andy Epstein.


Wizo cash maintains Israeli welfare projects

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

Wizo UK has met its annual fundraising target of £1.9 million in support of social welfare projects across Israel.

The money raised by the women's charity, which has 90 branches around Britain, will fund work from homework clubs for deprived teenagers to the employment of a social worker to help Ethiopian immigrant children adjust.


A lion in the ladies' den

By Simon Rocker, October 22, 2010

Much in the media about Howard Jacobson following his Man Booker Prize success last week.

Apparently his mother thought The Finkler Question too Jewish to win: she was also upset not to see the closing words of his acceptance speech on TV when coverage switched instead to some surfacing Chilean miners.

The novelist was meanwhile picking a bone with Philip Roth, telling the Guardian that the American Roth "thinks English Jews have no balls. He's wrong about that - not least because he doesn't understand England or English Jews. He thought this is a hotbed of antisemitism."


New Wizo role

October 14, 2010

Linda Boxer is to head what is believed to be the country's largest Jewish women's charity.

Mrs Boxer, who takes up the post of executive director at Wizo.uk, has held the position of finance manager at the charity for the past 18 months. She said she was "delighted to have the opportunity to take my role still further within Wizo.uk and I am very much looking forward to the challenges and new initiatives it presents. It is a privilege to work for this well-established charity which makes such a difference to disadvantaged families in Israel."


Wizo: close bonds pay

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2010

One of Manchester's most successful Israel support groups has said close bonds between members is the key behind its strength.

North Cheshire Wizo has raised an estimated £300,000 in its 50-year history, despite beginning as a crowd of young mothers in 1960 in the home of the current co-chairman, Ruth Fink who shares the role with Rae Ingelby.

"We were all pregnant at the time, there were a lot of young children while we made coffee mornings to raise money," said Mrs Fink.


Boris Johnson at sell-out Wizo event

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

London mayor Boris Johnson expressed his admiration of Israel to a sell-out audience of 350 Wizo supporters in central London on Tuesday night.

At a dinner raising more than £300,000 to refurbish the Pheobe Welcome Leon Day Care Centre for vulnerable families in Jerusalem, Mr Johnson said: "There are many things I admire profoundly about Israel. Its amazing 'can do' spirit, its high tech industry, its incredible entrepreneurial flair, its avocados and its talented entrants to the Eurovision Song Contest.


Wax leads Wizo networkers

June 25, 2009

Ruby Wax was the star turn for Wizo when it launched a business networking venture in collaboration with the JC in central London.

The JCWizonet is designed to encourage working men and women across the generations to share business experience and expertise.


Knock, knock: it’s Wizo on the doorstep

By Simon Rocker, April 30, 2009

Wizo UK is to devote its annual Jewish Women’s Week next week to support for countering domestic violence in Israel under the campaign title of “Knock, Knock”.

Andy Epstein, chair of Wizo, said that it was “doubly appropriate as Jewish Women’s Week is the only Home Office authorised door-to-door campaign in the Jewish community.

“The ‘Knock, Knock’ title also refers to the hard knocks people take in life, both physical and mental. The money raised will help to support our projects for women and children suffering from domestic violence in Israel.”


Wizo’s £3.7m fundraising year

March 26, 2009

Wizo met its increased financial target for its 90th anniversary year, raising a total £3.7 million.

As a result, the UK organisation has been able to expand support for its 100 projects in Israel. These include the renovation of a Jerusalem day care facility and an extension to a Beersheba community centre

UK chair Loraine Warren said: “There can be no greater satisfaction than to see how the quality of life of so many disadvantaged and vulnerable Israelis is being improved through the continuing efforts of Wizo supporters”.