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.
Lyricist Don Black and actor Stephen Greif were among 180 guests at the Jewish Music Institute’s 30th anniversary gala, held at JW3 in London’s Finchley Road. The showpiece was a multi-media performance of the JMI-commissioned Drawing Life, created by award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook. The work was inspired by the poems and drawings of children in Terezin concentration camp.
Ruby Wax was the guest speaker at Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s gala dinner, which raised £100,000 for its Neshama project, helping those with mental health problems to retake control of their lives. Ms Wax — whose Sane New World show is based on her book on neuroscience — said that society needed to end the stigma of mental health.
The Duchess of Gloucester officially opened Jewish Blind and Disabled’s £10 million development in Bushey, Cecil Rosen Court, meeting tenants of the state-of-the-art building and JBD staff and donors. The duchess recalled that she opened the charity’s original Cecil Rosen Court in Wembley 20 years ago.
Trade relations were celebrated at the British Israeli Business Awards dinner, held at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair and attended by over 250 guests. The awards recognise significant transactions or investments between the two countries. Lord Young of Graffham was presented with a lifetime achievement award and Israeli Labour Party leader Isaac Herzog was the keynote speaker.
Broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky was the guest speaker at Stanmore Wizo’s summer lunch, held at Stanmore Synagogue and attended by 200 supporters. Ms Kaplinsky discussed her career and her involvement in the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission.The lunch raised over £6,000 for Wizo projects in Israel.
Steven Berkoff, Maureen Lipman, Andrew Sachs, Greta Scacchi and Henry Goodman were among a host of big and small screen celebrities at the first UK Jewish Film gala dinner, held on Monday at Mayfair’s Park Lane Hotel. The event was attended by 300 guests and raised nearly £150,000 for UKJF’s work, which includes supporting Jewish filmmakers and providing educational programmes
More than 700 food lovers attended this year's Gefiltefest at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. Over 60 cookery demonstrations, talks and classes were served up for the crowds while Golders Green Synagogue's Rabbi Harvey Belovski explored a tall story - the kashrut of giraffes - using an inflatable model.
Radio and TV presenter Colin Murray was quizmaster at UJIA's annual sports night at Wembley Stadium where 35 teams from the 350 guests battled for victory in the five-round quiz. Entertainment was provided by Dee Dee Kay and MC Neat. The event raised £106,000 for the charity
More than 1,000 guests raised a record-breaking £4.4 million at Jewish Care's annual campaign dinner sponsored by Investec and held at the Grosvenor House in Park Lane. Guests of honour were Jewish Care clients Hettie Tauber, (98), Freddie Knoller (93), Max Levitas (99) and Annette Yarrow (86), who were interviewed by House of Commons speaker John Bercow