Record numbers going the distance for worthy causes

By Rosa Doherty, June 10, 2016

A best-ever 4,000 runners and spectators supporting a record 62 charities are expected at this year's Maccabi GB Community Fun Run on June 19.

As in recent years, the fun run will be at Allianz Park in north London, home to Saracens rugby team.


Rabbi says Yomtov participants cause damage in long run

By Josh Jackman, April 27, 2016

A United Synagogue rabbi has criticised communal charities which fielded runners in the London Marathon, held on the second day of Pesach, for "weakening our community".

At least half-a-dozen Jewish organisations were represented in Sunday's race. Others decided against involvement, hoping that the loss of revenue would be offset by the promise of extra places for 2017.


We're raising funds and awareness

April 27, 2016

Three friends with a long-time connection to Redbridge Jewish Community Centre were among Jewish Care's team of five, which raised more than £11,000.

The trio - Liam Stein, Adam Goldman and Josh Wynne - grew up attending RJCC and went on to become leaders.

Aiming high, Mr Wynne wrote to Buckingham Palace asking the Queen for sponsorship.


New York couple go the distance

April 27, 2016

Long distance runners Melanie Bernitz and Brad Katcher came from New York to race in aid of World Jewish Relief, crossing the line hand-in-hand in a time of 4:56.

"It was the most amazing day," Ms Bernitz said.


Racing to £50k windfall

April 27, 2016

Norwood fielded the largest communal contingent of runners, who generated £50,000 for the children and families organisation. It included one of the fastest charity finishers, Andrea Fraquelli, who clocked 2:48.

Another of the group, Lawrence Glass, said hearing family and friends cheer him on around mile 24 "was an incredible feeling.


Near miss at the marathon

April 27, 2016

Israeli Hagai Penkar may not have won the London Marathon on Sunday, but he can claim the distinction of being the last of its 39,000 runners to begin it.

When he drove to what he thought was the start line in Greenwich Park, he found he had actually turned up at the finish line, near Green Park.


Collins praises Team Maccabi GB's golden generation

By Danny Caro, August 6, 2015

Daniel Collins saluted Team Maccabi GB’s golden wonders as the delegation returned from Berlin with a record 101-medal haul – their largest ever at the European Maccabi Games.

Prior to the 14th European Maccabi Games, Head of Delegation Collins told the JC that he had no specific medal


First it was a Pesach marathon. Now it's Rosh Hashanah

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2015

Conspiracy theorists might be tempted to think that the London Marathon organisers have it in for Jews.

Earlier this year the date of the 2016 race was confirmed as the second day of Pesach, denying observant runners the chance to take part - and Jewish charities the money they would raise.


Emunah appeals for running total

March 26, 2015

Welfare charity Emunah is literally running a different Pesach appeal this year.


Interview: Oliver Horovitz

By Simon Round, July 10, 2014

Ten years ago, American teenager Oliver Horovitz decided to spend his gap year studying at the University of St Andrews before starting his degree course at Harvard.