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
The Royal Institute of British Architects in Central London hosted a Jewish Care Young Patrons dinner. The 200 supporters raised £55,000 for the charity’s Martin B Cohen Centre for Wellbeing in Edgware, which opened last year .
Cook and broadcaster Nigella Lawson and BBC creative director Alan Yentob opened the Jewish Museum in London after its £10 million refurbishment. Mr Yentob told the 300-strong gathering at the gala opening that the redeveloped Camden museum “had been much anticipated and exceeded expectations”.
The Arts Depot in north Finchley hosted the biennial Maccabi GB Sports Awards. More than 400 people attended the celebration of Jewish sporting achievements which included members of TeamGB from last summer’s Maccabiah Games in Israel. The event’s hosts were runner and TV presenter Jo Ankier, BBC Radio sports presenter Rob Nothman and writer Ivor Baddiel. (See Sport)