Chancellor George Osborne unveiled a specially minted commemorative medal to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. The minted medals — commissioned by the Holocaust Educational Trust, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Mr Osborne — were presented to Shoah survivors at a Downing Street reception.
A record-breaking £1.1 million was raised to support Chai Cancer Care's services to those in the community affected by cancer. The annual dinner, which attracted 640 guests, was held at the Lancaster London Hotel
More than 250 diners at Jewish Care’s annual Business Breakfast heard the Secretary of State, William Hague MP, speak of his admiration for the charity’s work. The event, organised by Jewish Care’s Business Breakfast Committee, and sponsored by Linklaters, raised £45,000 to help the charity to suport more than 7,000 people in the community each week.
Broadcaster Emily Maitlis made the headlines for World Jewish Relief when she gave an emotional account of her visit to WJR projects in Georgia at Monday's Guildhall dinner, which raised over £1 million.
There were laughs galore from the performance of Jimmy Carr at Monday's Magen David Adom UK dinner at the Rosewood Hotel, Holborn, which raised a record £1.9 million. The serious side to the evening was the speech from Israeli Yaron Shor, whose 21-year-old son, Barkai, was killed on IDF duty during the Gaza conflict.
Historian Simon Schama defended Israel's military operation in Gaza when he addressed the 1,000 guests at UJIA's annual dinner in central London, the charity's largest in 15 years. He said he was proud to call himself a Zionist, even though he had criticised settlement expansion and the annexation of West Bank territory.
Chief Whip Michael Gove was the guest speaker at the Holocaust Educational Trust’s dinner at London's Guildhall. Addressing the 450 guests, he compared the campaign to boycott Israeli goods to the first stages of the Nazis' anti-Jewish activities in the 1930s. HET young ambassadors from its Lessons from Auschwitz programme also played a key role in the proceedings.