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
Almost 100 women went to a Lady’s Spa Day in aid of Chai Cancer Care. The women were treated to spa and beauty treatments and also available were some of the holistic treatments that Chai offers, such as reflexology which can help people deal with the side-effects of cancer treatment. Personal trainer Matt Roberts also addressed the gathering at the Highgate home of Cheryl and Stuart Lewis. The event raised over £30,000 for Chai.
Magen David Adom UK’s Pulse committee attracted 140 people to its Moulin Rouge party at the Red Room at Les Ambassadeurs in central London. Guests enjoyed casino tables and can-can dancers before being entertained by Stacey Solomon, who sang X Factor favourites. A film was shown about MDA’s work and Gabrielle Nejad, who had volunteered for MDA as a student, gave the appeal. The event raised £70,000 for Israel’s emergency rescue service
Sky Sports presenter Jim White hosted a quiz for 300 people at UJIA’s annual sports dinner and quiz. The event, held at Wembley Stadium’s Bobby Moore Suite, raised £201,000 to support UJIA’s projects in Israel’s Galil region
World Jewish Relief’s Manchester committee attracted over 200 supporters to its fundraising dinner. Guest speaker Stephen Smith, co-founder of the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire, spoke about its work and his move to the US to become chief executive at Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation. Former Minsk resident Nikita Yakubovsky, who now lives in Manchester, spoke about the Belarus community’s needs. The event, held at the Lowry, raised £100,000 for WJR.
A highest-ever £450,OOO was raised for Langdon at a sell-out dinner at the Park Lane Hotel in London’s West End. Welcoming the 400 guests, dinner chair Carrie Rubin described Langdon as “a hidden treasure in our community”. The London and Manchester charity supports young Jewish adults with mild to moderate learning difficulties. Most of the funds raised at the event will support The Quadrant, Langdon’s £1.75 million Edgware project providing accommodation and a drop-in community centre
More than 250 people were attracted to Redbridge Jewish Community Centre to take part in Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations. The evening’s programme, presented by a group of gap-year students who leave for Israel in September, included a dance routine from Ilford Jewish Primary and the Clore Tikva Primary choir. The audience were also entertained by the Kol Hayam singers and Vizavi dancers from Israel
Young Norwood attracted 200 supporters to its second finance reception. The highlight of the event was a question-and-answer session featuring business experts Lloyd Dorfman, Luke Johnson and David Kyte. The panel was chaired by Daniel Franklin, executive editor of the Economist. The evening, which was sponsored by Sunrise Brokers, was held at the city centre law firm Mayer Brown and raised £32,000 for Norwood, which supports people with learning disabilities and families in need
London 2012 Olympics organiser Sir Keith Mills told the 200 diners at a British Ort business breakfast that the Games would be “exceptional”. The event, held at the Sheraton Park Lane, raised £40,000 for 17 Ort schools in the former Soviet Union