The City of London’s Bevis Marks Synagogue hosted a Board of Deputies’ celebration to mark its 250th anniversary. The 200-plus guests honoured the request of the late Gertrude Shilling, a deputy known for her millinery creations, who left a legacy to the Board, requesting that the donation be used to stage a party. Her son, designer David Shilling, said he was “very moved” to see everyone at the party
Almost 1,000 people attended Jewish Care’s fundraising dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London. TV presenter John Suchet told the gathering that he was “overwhelmed with admiration for the people at Jewish Care”. The event, with musical entertainment by Ronan Keating, raised £3.5m for the charity.
More than 250 people were attracted to central London’s Renoir Cinema for the Tel Aviv University Trust’s annual film festival to celebrate the students’ work. The capacity crowd were shown films by four students and TV producer Dan Patterson hosted a question and answer session with student Jonathan Geva. The event raised £15,000 for the Israeli university
Close to 180 people attended a reception in honour of Dorit Beinisch, president of the Supreme Court of Israel, and the other Israeli judges and academics who were in London as guests of their British counterparts. The reception, hosted by Lord and Lady Pannick, was held at the House of Lords. In his address Lord Pannick joked that with six Israeli judges in the room there would be at least seven opinions. Baroness Hale said: “We learn so much from these exchanges.” The British-Israel exchange is a triennial event, the previous exchange took place in 2007 in Jerusalem.
More than 100 people attended the reception for the launch of the tenth Leeds International Jewish Performing Arts Festival. Stan Cundle, the festival chairman, told the guests: “It’s been a wonderful 10 years. The festival goes from strength to strength.” JC editor Stephen Pollard opened the event at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds city centre. Some 3,000 people attended the 26 shows performed during the five-day event.
Over 250 fashionistas attended Magen David Adom’s “Catwalk and Cocktails” event at the Cafe de Paris in central London. GMTV’s Mark Heyes hosted the fashion show with models from the community. The event raised £12,000 for the Israeli emergency rescue service.
The rise of social media, the future of Facebook and the impact of new technology were all up for debate at the inaugural YN Media reception which raised £7,500 for Norwood. More than 120 media professionals attended the fundraiser at the ICO Conference Centre in London’s West End.
Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young was the guest speaker at the annual Jewish Women’s Aid lunch. The event, which attracted over 350 women, was held at The Pillar in Hendon, where a marquee was put up in the grounds. The lunch raised more than £155,000 for the women and their children who live in the JWA refuge in London, and for the charity’s education and awareness programmes.
Pop star Lulu was the star of the show at the annual UJIA women’s brunch, entertaining the 250 guests with renditions of her favourite numbers. The event, held at the Saatchi Gallery, raised £100,000 to support UJIA’s work for young people and education in the UK and northern Israel’s Galil region