The Guest List

Curtains rise on the tenth arts festival in Leeds

June 10, 2010

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.

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A model crowd makes £12K for MDA in Israel

June 10, 2010

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.

Photos: Danielle Manson

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A London media crowd collects £7.5K for Norwood

June 10, 2010

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.

Photos: Danielle Manson

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London diners rustle up £155K for Jewish Women's Aid

June 4, 2010

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.

Photos: Jeremy Coleman

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Lulu helps to raise £100K for UJIA projects

June 4, 2010

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

Photos: Nikki Bloom

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A London crowd makes £30K for Chai

June 4, 2010

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.

Photos: Chiko

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A London crowd raises £70K for MDA

May 21, 2010

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

Photos: Danielle Manson

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Sports fans net £201K for UJIA projects

May 21, 2010

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

Photos: Isaac Strang

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A Manchester crowd raises £100K for WJR projects

May 6, 2010

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.

Photos: Rob Clayton

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London diners rustle up a record £450K for Langdon

April 29, 2010

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

Photos: John Rifkin

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