The Guest List

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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A big Redbridge crowd turns out for Israel's birthday

April 22, 2010

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

Photos: Justin Grainge

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A London crowd collects £32K for Norwood

April 15, 2010

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

Photos: Danielle Manson

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Early risers in London raise £40k for Ort

April 8, 2010

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

Photos: Paul Lang

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Young patrons raise £55K for Jewish Care

April 1, 2010

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 .

Photos: Ben Turner

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A London crowd chips in £60K for Wizo

March 25, 2010

Some 150 people were attracted to the third annual Wizo.uk casino night. The event, held at London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom, raised more than £60,000 for Wizo projects in Israel.

Photos: John Rifkin

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A big turnout for reopening of Jewish Museum London

March 25, 2010

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”.

Photos: John Rifkin

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Showbiz pair help Norwood to raise £14k

March 18, 2010

Tracy-Ann Oberman and Ivor Baddiel helped to raise £14,000 for Norwood at its annual ladies’ lunch. The event, attended by 100 women, was held at the Haven Bistro in Whetstone

Photos: Danielle Manson

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Maccabi GB celebrates its athletes with sports awards

March 18, 2010

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)

Photos: Ben Angel

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