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Employment success

Sophie Goligorsky, who has learning disabilities, pictured with new colleagues Jerry Platts and Liam Hutchins at central London property company GVA, is the latest success story from Kisharon’s employment programme.

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Bev’s message

In just over a week, Kisharon has taken part in the yellow candle Holocaust memorial project, and, on Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, we remembered our fallen soldiers and celebrated 70 years of Israel’s independence.

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Volunteers – be part of our team

Staff have been learning how to make sure volunteers feel integral to the Kisharon team.

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Good luck to our runners in the London Marathon

Kisharon’s runners in the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday will be giving it their all to raise in excess of £28k.

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Kisharon remembers on Yom Hashoah

A Kisharon School pupil lit a yellow candle on Yom Hashoah this week in memory of two-year-old Rudika Blaustien, of Budapest who perished at Auschwitz.

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Our award semi-finalists

Kisharon staff have reached the semi-finals of the WIZO Commitment Awards presented for changing lives and building futures. The winners will be announced in July.

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That moment of elation…

The leap in the air says: “We made it!” The brave team that climbed Ben Nevis in winter conditions, raising more than £32k for Kisharon, is back safe and sound.

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Children learn to prepare for Pesach at Tuffkid

Age is no barrier when it comes to Pesach cleaning at Tuffkid Nursery. Children took turns at duster duty, and tackled floors with a toy vacuum cleaner.

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Bev says…

The story of Pesach is a celebration of Bnei Yisroel’s deliverance from the adversity and challenge of Mitzraim. It is a mixture of hope and strong belief that propels the Jews forward to eventually become a proud and free nation.

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Fundraising with Amazon

Raise money for Kisharon while you shop by signing up for Amazonsmile.

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Coasting to work!

People supported by Kisharon have packed thousands of Seder table coasters to meet huge demand.

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In loving memory of Rachel Brenig

Naomi Brenig has unveiled a plaque dedicating Kisharon’s new NW London Day Opportunities Centre to the memory of her daughter, Rachel Brenig z”l who was supported by Kisharon until she passed away in 2010.

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Model pupils

Pupils cheered as they modelled the smart new Kisharon School uniform which will become compulsory from September this year in early preparation for the move to purpose-built premises.

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Cherie Blair Ladies Brunch raises £52k

Cherie Blair praised Kisharon for the amazing breadth of its work at a Ladies’ Brunch in Finchley on Monday which raised a record £52k.

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Purim – all white thanks to our supporters!

With the UK experiencing arctic conditions, Purim could have been a complete whiteout without the determination of our staff and supporters.

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Mezuzot for head office

The Rt. Hon Charles Wigoder, Executive Chairman of the Utility Warehouse put up the mezuzah at our new head office in Edgware Road, Colindale on Wednesday.

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Happy to meet you, Cherie!

There was goodwill all round when Cherie Blair, CBE, QC  toured Kisharon’s services on Thursday, writes Bev. With warmth and humility, Cherie, wife of former prime minister Tony Blair, greeted every staff member and volunteer she encountered.

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Lessons for teachers

The focus on this year’s inset day at Kisharon School was exploring techniques used to help pupils with limited verbal communication and understanding.

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Forging community links

Kisharon, with Barnet Learning Disabilities team, ran their first community engagement group at Childs Hill Library.

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Building work to begin in May for new school

Plans are underway for building work to start at on the new Kisharon School in May. The former head office in Parson Street will be transformed into a cutting edge school for children with learning disabilities.

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Shop at Waitrose Mill Hill

Waitrose Mill Hill is supporting Kisharon so remember to do your shopping there. Throughout February, for the first time, Kisharon is one of the three local charities named on the green tokens contribution box by the exit.

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We’re counting on you

It’s Purim next week and your Kisharon bucket awaits!

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Disability World: Raising a child with special needs

Raising children is fraught with challenges and even more so if that child has learning disabilities.

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Go for it, Adrian!

Adrian Jacobs is raising money for Kisharon in the Jerusalem Half Marathon – said to be one of the toughest in the world – for the fourth time next month, March.

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New job for Shammai

Shammai Rotenberg has a new job. He has paid employment at The Grove, the luxury hotel, spa and golf resort in Hertfordshire.

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Bev says…

The new year heralds an exciting period for Kisharon. After only a week…

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Trailblazing app leaves more time for care

An innovative and secure information sharing app is freeing up more contact time for Kisharon staff to spend with those in their care.

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Thanks a million, Tony

Local volunteer Tony Baker has stepped in to help at Childs Hill Library, in Cricklewood, which is run by Kisharon and Barnet Mencap.

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Autism first for Kisharon School

The National Autistic Society (NAS) has awarded Kisharon School its sought-after accreditation for autism, making it the first Jewish school with the accolade.

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Disability World: Company seeks autism skills

London company Auticon is offering careers in IT and related areas specifically for people with autism.

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New centre….new routes

Travel training is underway so those attending Kisharon’s Ohel Rachel Adult Opportunity and Employment Services at its new location in East Finchley can travel there independently and with confidence.

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Computers – in easy steps

Students on Kisharon’s vocational skills course are taking their first steps to becoming computer literate.

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Make 2018 your year of achievement

Make 2018 the year you take on a personal challenge and have fun with Team Kisharon.

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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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“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.