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.


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.


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.


A novel approach to a Wizo lunch

By Sheli Levenson, September 19, 2008

Joanna Trollope, Giles Brandreth and Simon Sebag-Montefiore were the speakers at a literary lunch held by Wizo as part of its 90th anniversary celebrations at St John's Wood Synagogue on Tuesday.


Coffee morning raises £33,000 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Wizo UK

September 19, 2008

Manchester Wizo Council raised £33,000 at a coffee morning to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Wizo UK. The event, held at the Hale home of Mark and Gabrielle Adlestone, attracted more than 100 people, including Wizo UK chair Loraine Warren and honorary secretary Michele Pollock. The morning was organised by Hilary Black, who masterminded a brochure for the event.


Leeds visit for world Wizo president 'tinged with sadness'

August 1, 2008

World Wizo president Helena Glaser told 100 Yorkshire members that for the second time her visit to Leeds was tinged with sadness.

Mrs Glaser recalled her last visit to the city, in 1994, when there was a bombing at the Jewish community centre in Buenos Aries. She said the mood was again sombre as the remains of two Israeli soldiers, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, were returned to Israel.

In praising Leeds Wizo she said: "You are a fantastic group." The lunch was held at the United Hebrew Congregation.


Wizo presidential visit

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 25, 2008

World Wizo president Helena Glaser gave the keynote address to Wizo UK's 90th anniversary Rebecca Sieff awards lunch at South Manchester Synagogue.

Three-hundred members from throughout the country heard Mrs Glaser explain how ongoing welfare issues, such as helping Sderot residents, highlighted the continuing need for Wizo's work.

She told the JC afterwards that "90 years of an organisation is not something light. It's ladies doing amazing things in a commitment to the ladies of Israel, whilst changing with the times."


Wizo world president guest speaker at Liverpool lunch group

July 25, 2008

Liverpool Wizo Ladies Luncheon Group welcomed Helena Glaser, world president of Wizo, as its guest speaker. Mrs Glaser told the 80-strong audience about Wizo's work in Israel. The event, which raised £1,350 for Wizo projects in Israel, was held at Liverpool Progressive Synagogue.


King Solomon High School pupils pass Wizo Apprentice test

July 22, 2008

King Solomon High School pupils have passed their own Apprentice test in a Wizo competition supporting the charity's projects in Israel. Joel Russell, Daniel Shapiro, Bradley Hart, James Park, Craig Marks and Bradley Garber had to produce a business plan for a fundraising growth venture.


Summer fete raises £12,000 at Jewish Care's Princess Alexandra home

July 22, 2008

Over £12,000 was raised from a summer fete in the grounds of Jewish Care's Princess Alexandra home. The event attracted a 1,000 crowd for entertainment ranging from a bouncy castle and face painting to model car racing and a "beat the goalie" challenge. Organisation was a team effort involving a Jewish Care committee, League of Jewish Women and Wizo members and the home's staff and volunteers.