Employment Minister Esther McVey was applauded by the 250 guests at the annual WizoUK fundraising dinner after she reaffirmed the UK government’s commitment to fighting antisemitism and its solidarity with Israel. She praised the charity’s women founders and told the JC that she wanted to visit the work Wizo does in Israel.
Journalist Natasha Kaplinsky presented Mariane Pearl, the widow of American Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl - who was kidnapped and beheaded by militants in Pakistan in 2002 - with a moral courage award at the Anne Frank Trust Holocaust Memorial Day lunch. The 600 diners at the London Hilton on Park Lane raised £420,000 to support the Anne Frank Trust's educational work.
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.