Author Santa Montefiore shared the secrets of her inspiration for her romantic novels with the 130-strong audience at the Friends of Ort annual summer lunch. The event, held at the London home of Lady Lipworth, raised £25,000 for Ort’s 17 schools in the Former Soviet Union.
More than 300 people attended the Weizmann UK gala dinner at the Science Museum in London. Keynote speaker Professor Simon Schama told the guests that if there was one place that represented a vindication of the Jewish dream it would be the Weizmann Institute. Over £550,000 was raised to support scientific collaboration between the Israeli Institute and UK research institutions.
Cherie Blair was the guest of honour at the opening of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Camden. The 150-strong gathering viewed some 24 ancient items, including the oldest Hebrew book in the world.
More than 200 young lawyers attended a YN lawyers fundraising and networking reception at the City offices of Goldman Sachs. Legal journalist Joshua Rozenberg chaired a panel of experts who debated the topic "Should celebrities expect to be able to lead a normal private life?" The event raised £23,000 for Norwood, which supports people with learning disabilities and children and families in need.
Actress Maureen Lipman was among 130 guests at the opening of the Wohl Wing at Chai Cancer Care’s Hendon headquarters. Ms Lipman paid tribute to the “amazing architecture and calm atmosphere” of the £1 milion extension, opened as Chai celebrates its 20th anniversary.
MPs of all political parties joined students and Holocaust survivors at a special reception to mark the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project, which has reached the milestone of taking its 10,000th participant on a one-day visit to the death camp. The event was held at the Speaker’s House in the Houses of Parliament.
Almost 130 golfers were attracted to the JNF KKL Scotland Pro-Am tournament at Glasgow’s Bonnyton Golf Club. The event raised £25,000 for a park in the Negev community of Mercaz-Shapira. The Glasgow Hilton Hotel was the main sponsor.
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.