Wizo

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."

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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”.

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Talent contest finalists chosen

By Ben Jaglom, February 18, 2009

Actor and comedian Paul Kaye will be judging the comedians, musicians, singers and a magician who have made the final of a Wizo-organised talent competition. Showbiz agent Jonathan Shalit will also be on the panel for the “Who’s Got Talent?” showpiece in North-West London on March 8.

The competition is a follow-up to last year’s “Comedy Factor” event and is being run by Wizo’s younger division, Aviv.

“Jews have always been big in showbusiness so it was no surprise seeing so many turning up wanting to audition,” reported Wizo executive director Alison Rosen.

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Casino pays out

February 12, 2009

Around £80,000 for projects benefitting some of Israel’s most vulnerable children and families was raised by Wizo’s casino night on Saturday at the Bloomsbury Ballroom.

American Wizo supporters were among the 150 players on games such as roulette and blackjack.

The evening also featured a dinner and auction for prizes including a VIP box at a Chelsea football match, first night tickets at the Old Vic and a sitting with paparazzo Richard Young, plus a tour of his photographic studio.

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Welwyn Garden City rebbetzen Risa Gruber organises a second hands-on challah-baking evening

November 6, 2008

Responding to popular demand, Welwyn Garden City rebbetzen Risa Gruber organised a second hands-on challah-baking evening. Almost 30 people filled the shul's kitchen to learn more about the process, beginning with making the dough, the art of plaiting the loaves, and baking the challah. At the end of the evening, participants not only left with armfuls of hot challah and the intention to put their new-found skills to good use at home, but had also raised more than £100 for Wizo.

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