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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


Youth Aliyah success story comes to dinner

March 10, 2016

A graduate of Youth Aliyah's Mechina project in northern Israel was among the 450 guests at the Youth Aliyah Child Rescue gala dinner in central London on Tuesday.

Ethiopian-born Solomon Lawee went on to become a high ranking IDF officer, in charge of 120 soldiers.


IPO plays the palace at 80

March 3, 2016

A Kensington Palace dinner and concert featuring violinist Pinchas Zukerman launched the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's 80th anniversary celebrations and raised well over £300,000.

Hosted by the British Friends, the Ottolenghi-catered event attracted IPO supporters from Europe, America and Israel.


Kosher wine elicits a spirited response

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2016

At an evening of food and wine, you might well start with a glass of champagne, particularly if the bottle bears the legendary name of Rothschild.

The first kosher Barons de Rothschild champagne, released this week at £60-plus, was one of the alcoholic highlights of the 2016 Kosher Food and Wine Experience, held at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in Piccadilly on Tuesday.


West End Great Synagogue takes the Central line to share deal

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2016

The independent West End Great Synagogue has found a new home after announcing its departure from Western Marble Arch Synagogue for financial reasons.

From the beginning of next month, the 362-member congregation will hold services a little further down the road at the Central Synagogue.


Jami pleased by a healthy interest

February 18, 2016

Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin - who was talked out of jumping off Waterloo Bridge in 2008 - addressed guests at a screening of The Stranger on the Bridge organised by mental health charity Jami at the Charlotte Street Hotel in central London.

The documentary is about Mr Benjamin's search for the man who persuaded him to abandon his suicide attempt.


Say it in French in the West End

By Naomi Firsht, February 11, 2016

A central London shul is following in the footsteps of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St John's Wood by establishing a minyan catering to French speakers.

The Western Marble Arch plans to hold the first monthly Sephardi Shabbat morning minyan in April.