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Trustee Leo Noé

Leo Noé has been a Kisharon Trustee since 1998, and his clarity of thought and approach, as well as his understanding of the cause and community, ensures he is an essential member of the Trustee Board.

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Trustee Daniel Klein

Seeing individuals achieve goals when the odds are stacked against them is particularly gratifying for Daniel Klein, who as a Trustee, is following in the footsteps of his father, Patrice.

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Trustee Richard Levy

Richard Levy was an audit partner working on the Kisharon accounts when he was asked to become a trustee.

 

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Trustee David Rasouly

After years in the city’s financial sector, the dedication of Kisharon staff proved an eye-opener for Trustee David Rasouly.

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Trustee Andrew Loftus

Andrew Loftus is the Trustee with a mammoth responsibility – delivering the new Kisharon School.

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Trustee Joanne Greenaway

Newest Kisharon Trustee, Joanne Greenaway, on the board for 18 months, says she is on a steep learning curve.

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Trustee Yitzy Lerner

A boyhood friendship with Yonatan Lev, who was supported by Kisharon until he passed away last year, brought Trustee Yitzy Lerner to Kisharon.

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Trustee Joe Coogan

When Joe Coogan left his role as Kisharon’s Director of Operations in October 2015, he was invited to stay on as a Trustee in order to still benefit from his expertise.

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Trustee Emma Castleton

As both Chair of Governors at Kisharon School and a Kisharon Trustee, Emma Castleton has strived hard for a purpose-built school. Unfortunately, her son, Elias, 14, will be almost too old to enjoy it.

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Philip Goldberg, Chairman of Kisharon’s Trustees

When Philip Goldberg was introduced to Kisharon more than 40 years ago, he resolved not to get drawn in, but despite his initial reluctance, has become truly immersed. Chairing the Trustee Board is a huge honour, he says.

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Bev says…

This week is the 8th national Trustees’ Week which this year celebrates more than 1million trustees who are overseeing 196,000 charities, making the UK the 6th most giving country in the world.

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NICE calls for more care in the community

The National Institute for Health and Centre Excellence (NICE) is calling for specialist care in the community for people with learning disabilities who have behaviour that challenges, to avoid admissions to psychiatric wards or residential homes.

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Library career for Jenna

Volunteering at Childs Hill Partnership Library in Cricklewood has convinced US student Jenna Wine, 20, to become a librarian.

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Kisharon pilots books

Kisharon is to take part in a government-sponsored scheme to pilot the use of four books about the world of work for people with learning disabilities.

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Parks’ run raises £4k

“The atmosphere was great,” said Elliot Espinoza, a first-time runner for Kisharon in the Royal Parks Half Marathon earlier this month when Chief Executive Bev Jacobson and husband Alan joined nine supporters who raised a tremendous £10,000.

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Brilliant night raises £4k

A well attended Young Kisharon event in central London on Sunday with ping pong, sushi and a raffle with top prizes raised almost £4,000.

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It’s Shabbat UK!

The aroma of bread baking filled Kisharon as the services organised their own challah bakes in the run up to Shabbat UK, which starts this evening.

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Julia says…

Immense appreciation is due to people we support, our staff, volunteers, families and to those who commission our services for their positive reaction and contribution to our plans to further integrate our services.

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Disability World: Care cuts disappointment

A man with quadriplegic cerebral palsy who said his local authority was in breach of the 2014 Care Act because it cut his care package has lost a landmark case in the Appeal Court.

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Bev says…

A casual comment by my father at shul in Johannesburg last Shabbat and the Chinese whispers that followed resulted in a headline this week in the South African Jewish Report: ‘SA doctor celebrates Rosh Hashanah with British Prime Minister’.

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It’s not too late to place your Rosh Hashanah order

It’s not too late to order personalised honey, buy New Year cards or find a delightful present at the Equal Gifts and Homeware Shop in Temple Fortune.

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Top volunteering team

Six teenage girls who have helped at Kisharon every week for a year are an amazing example of youth volunteering.

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Become an Equal Loyalty Card holder

Support Kisharon’s social enterprises by becoming an Equal Loyalty Card holder. You’ll save money and be the first to hear about our special offers. Use the card before Rosh Hashanah for a savings bonus.

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Vocational skills course instils confidence and achievement

Finding work is essential for people with learning disabilities. Kisharon has launched a vocational skills course to instil confidence and a sense of achievement, giving young adults the right tools for the workplace.

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Tuffkid’s £100,000 play area unveiled

Tuffkid Nursery has unveiled its £100,000 new play area, an enchanted wonderland that is enthralling children and parents alike.

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Rosh Hashanah first for Kisharon

This year’s Rosh Hashanah appeal is unique. It is the first time any charity has been responsible for the design, packing and mailing preparation of its appeal and we have achieved this, with the people we support making it happen.

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Read our Annual Review

Kisharon’s Annual Review 2016, our year in words, pictures and in easy read, is out now

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Rachel is artist of the month at Equal

Bright colours are on show at Equal, Kisharon’s gift shop in Temple Fortune, where Rebecca Frankel-Rudowski is artist of the month in August.

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Bev says…

Traditionally, August is the time of a summer lull, yet Kisharon is frenetic with activity.

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Girls’ tuck shop raises £100

Inspired by the tuck shop run by Kisharon at her school, Ariela Ohrenstein set up her own. Together with her friend Abby Smith, they piled their stall high with bottled water, Coca-Cola, ice cream and crisps and raised almost £100 for Kisharon.

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New garden for Tuffkid Nursery

A full refurbishment is taking place this summer at Tuffkid Nursery with a creative new garden, made possible by the Wolfson Jewish School Fund and the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust.

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Childs Hill Library hosts the Summer Reading Challenge

Childs Hill Library, run by Kisharon and Barnet Mencap is hosting the Summer Reading Challenge for 4-11 year olds.

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Skydive – the ultimate challenge

Kisharon’s latest challenge will give you the best adrenaline rush. If you want to experience the ultimate in exhilaration while raising money for charity how can you not take up this once-in-a-lifetime skydive?

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Disability World: Write on!

It’s never easy to write a formal, official letter – particularly when it comes to making a complaint or fighting for something we’re entitled to. But help is at hand…

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Personalised honey for the sweetest New Year

This year why not order personalised jars of Kisharon honey? It’s the perfect gift for Rosh Hashanah.

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Duke of Edinburgh Silver award for Kisharon School students

A three-day expedition in the Peak District was the final triumphant step of the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award for five students from Kisharon School.

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Bev says…

This month I had the huge privilege of attending the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel where 10 000 athletes from 80 countries came together to compete in a myriad of sporting events.

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Disability World: It’s that time again…the long summer holiday

The sun is shining and school is nearly over…but how are we going to fill the long summer holiday?

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‘I’m Good’ wins gold award

Kisharon is feeling good all over as we win gold at the EVCOM Clarion Awards, the fifth trophy in a row for our films.

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Back our London Crowdfund campaign

Together we can make our library a crowdfunding winner. We need to raise £6,500 by September and could attract funding from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

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Support our cyclists in the Prudential Ride

Good luck to the 11 Kisharon riders taking part in the 100-mile Prudential Ride London on July 30. You can cheer them on along the route which follows closed roads through the capital and into the Surrey countryside

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Elections at school

Pupils from Kisharon School have been voting to elect new representatives to their school council.

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Bev says…

Recently, I discovered that the word ‘inclusion’ originates from the Latin word ‘inclusionem’ which means ‘to shut in or confine’.

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Top team help raise £6k

Team Kisharon – people we support, staff and volunteers – turned out in force to help us raise £6k at the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run at Allianz Park.

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Film shortlisted for award

Kisharon’s upbeat 2017 film ‘I’m Good’, set to a catchy soundtrack from The Mowgli’s, has been shortlisted for an EVCOM Clarion Award.

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Stunning pieces on show

Two featured designers at the Equal gift shop in Temple Fortune next month will bring unparalleled originality to ceramic homewares.

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Children brush up on dental care

Open wide…dentist Jeremy Kaufman taught children how to care properly for their teeth when he visited Tuffkid Nursery this week.

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Mayor’s award for our six volunteers

Six outstanding Kisharon volunteers were presented with certificates by the Mayor of Barnet Councillor Brian Salinger at the Volunteers’ Week volunteering fair at the Arts Depot in Finchley. The six were Sarah Adler, Peter Lewinson, Terry Markewicz, Eliezer Gilbert, Lisa Silverbeck and David Shemtob.

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Film breaks records

Kisharon’s upbeat 2017 annual dinner video ‘I’m Good’ had more than 8,000 social media hits in a fortnight, making it the most watched Kisharon film to date.

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Kisharon celebrates independent living

Kisharon took part in European Independent Living Day, which was marked in 30 countries across Europe – and as far as Iraq.

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New office jobs for Yossi and Moishe

Moishe Goldblatt has a new paid job learning about the world of public relations at The PR Office, in Kentish Town.

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Flower power at Shavuos

Children at Tuffkid gave each other flowers for Shavuos after buying them from the florist’s in the nursery playground.

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Royal date for Kisharon

A royal welcome awaited Janice Marriott, Tuffkid Head and David Abrahams, who is supported at the Ohel Rochel day service, at one of the Queen’s garden parties at Buckingham Palace.

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Kisharon appoints new director

Julia Brown has become Kisharon’s new Director of Operations and Development.

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General Election – feeling valued in society

People supported by Kisharon will be at the polls for the general election on June 8 and many feel passionate about politics.

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Dinner raises more than £1 million for brighter futures

Kisharon raised more than £1million at the Brighter Futures Annual Dinner attended by more than 600 guests at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel.

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Disability world: High hopes for jobs

Businesses have begun to actively recruit employees with autism for their diligence, powers of concentration and attention to detail.

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Just the two of us….

Saul Mayers and his girlfriend Lorin Bradley joined thousands of runners in Sunday’s London Marathon, but ran together, finishing in 4hrs 41 and helping Kisharon raise £25,000.

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Welcoming in the spring

The special bracha Birkat Ha’llanot was recited – with support from Clive Rosenfeld – on the first sighting of blossom on a fruit tree in the garden at Leeside Crescent.

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Here’s to good health

Trying to change your diet for the better and to move more? People supported by Kisharon are doing just the same.

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“The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of G-d, and deeds of kindness.” Kisharon looks at the person not the disability, teaching Torah, Middos and Mitzvot embracing and cherishing everybody’s special talent and bringing out the best in them.