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
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.