World Jewish Relief’s work in the former Soviet Union was highlighted at its annual dinner at London’s Guildhall, which raised £1 million-plus. The evening was hosted by broadcaster Emily Maitlis, who recently joined a mission to see the charity’s work in Sarajevo. Her BBC colleague Fergal Keane was also among the speakers.
David Baddiel 1a>discussed has battle with depression1b>, and how the condition also affected his grandfather, at the Jewish Association for Mental Illness champagne tea at London’s Savoy. The comedian was interviewed by the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland at the event, which raised in excess of £200,000.
Masorti Judaism’s priorities for the next three years were outlined at its annual dinner, held in Finchley and raising more than £60,000. Chief executive Matt Plen, rabbis and congregants addressed the 230 guests.
Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and the directors of the Israel and Tel Aviv museums were among the 300 guests at the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel dinner in central London, which raised £400,000. The guest of honour was artist Michael Craig-Martin, whose exhibition opened recently at the Serpentine Gallery
A record-breaking 1,350 supporters were at Norwood’s annual dinner at London's Grosvenor House on Monday, raising £3.4 million for the charity. Guest speaker Boris Johnson praised the children and families charity for ensuring support for vulnerable people who need help "to live the life they choose". Entertainment included a four-song set by Bryan Ferry.
The Duke of Cambridge praised the 1,500 guests at Jewish Care's 25th anniversary dinner, telling them: "The results of your commitment to one another within the Jewish community are obvious - the real and loving care that thousands of elderly and vulnerable people receive, among the many works that you carry out."
Comedian and writer David Baddiel entertained the 225 guests at Leeds Jewish Welfare Board's annual dinner on Sunday with excerpts from his recent show, Fame Not The Musical, which has a strong Jewish context. Opening the event, Dr Jason Broch, chair of Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group and a LJWB supporter, spoke about the importance of the voluntary and charity sector.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid was the keynote speaker at the British-Israeli Business Awards. In his address to the 250-strong audience at London's Millennium Hotel, he hailed a "golden era" of business ties between the UK and Israel.