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Wizo is thanked by Regev for its key contribution

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2016

Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev hailed the contribution of British women to his country when he addressed Wizo's annual dinner in central London on Monday.

He told the 300 guests - who raised a record £350,000 - that having established Wizo in 1920, British women have continued to make an impact by backing its 800 Israeli educational and welfare centres for people of all faiths.


Kisharon diners see that Talya is one in a million

May 27, 2016

A moving speech from a 21-year-old supported by Kisharon helped the special educational needs charity raise a record £1 million from its 40th anniversary dinner.

Talya Jacobson, daughter of Kisharon chief executive Dr Beverley Jacobson, has cerebral palsy, a severe visual impairment and learning difficulties.

Addressing the 700 guests at the Park Lane Hilton in central London, she said: "Wh


Art lunch star is a picture of generosity

By Julia Weiner, May 27, 2016

British painter Fiona Rae was a generous guest of honour at the Women in Art lunch held by the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair.

The former Turner Prize nominee - who was interviewed about her career by Whitechapel Gallery director Iwona Blazwick - donated a painting worth £18,000 to the raffle, which helped to boost the event proceeds to £65,000.


Tikva's got talent, says Walliams

May 20, 2016

David Walliams brought star quality to Tikva UK's dinner in London's Mayfair which raised more than£1 million for Tikva children's homes in Odessa, Ukraine.

The emotional impact was in the story of Raya Skakun. Brought to Tikva at the age of six, she grew up in its homes. "Tikva gave me that hope for a better life that I didn't know I deserved," she said.


Story of abused mum moves JWA supporters

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2016

An emotional letter from a domestic abuse victim was read out by actress Alison Steadman at Tuesday's annual fundraising lunch for Jewish Women's Aid.

The letter was from a young mother, given the pseudonym Becca, who left her husband a year ago after receiving support from JWA.

"For a while I just suffered quietly, thinking what I was going through was normal," she wrote.


Scrolly good Progressive show

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

One of the world's oldest Progressive Jewish communities has donated a Sefer Torah to one of the youngest.


A new generation gets into the giving mood for welfare

By Sandy Rashty, April 7, 2016

Young Jewish Care supporters have raised a record £175,000 for its mental health services after learning about the growing gulf in giving between generations.


Sasha brings tears and cheers to Child's Day

March 23, 2016

One of "the thousands saved by Jewish Child's Day" told her story to the charity's annual dinner, which raised more than £150,000.

Addressing 250 JCD supporters at the Park Lane Hotel in central London, Sasha Zipkin, 20, tearfully recalled a troubled childhood in Beersheva. "We didn't have water. There was no electricity so there was nothing in the fridge.


Film buffs roll out the red carpet for festival

March 17, 2016

Israeli Film and TV festival Seret 2016 was launched at an event attended by Dan Golan, the Minister for Cultural Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in London, and Israeli consul Rachel Shani.

Co-founders of Seret International, Odelia Haroush, Anat Koren and Patty Hochmann, spoke of their pride in the way that the festival has grown: "Now in our fifth year, we have grown in ways that we couldn't p