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)
Dame Gail Ronson celebrated her appointment as Jewish Care’s deputy president at a reception at the Dorchester Hotel. Surrounded by 100 people, she was presented with a chanuciah by Lord Levy in recognition of her work. She also received a bouquet from Jean Nadel, who attends Stepney Day Centre.
The Zionist Federation attracted 450 supporters to its 110th anniversary dinner. Retired Colonel Richard Kemp told the audience that it had been a “privilege” to work alongside members of the Israel Defence Forces during his 30-year career. The event was held at the InterContinental Hotel
The first fundraiser for the Federation of Jewish Services attracted a capacity audience of 80 to the Manchester city centre offices of Deloitte. The event, sponsored by Tag Heuer and Lloyds TSB, raised £7,000 for FJS, which was created from the merger of the Federation
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The Anne Frank Trust UK attracted 450 supporters to its annual fundraising lunch at the London Hilton. Guest speaker Judge Thomas Beurgenthal, the American judge at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, recounted his childhood experiences of the Holocaust. The lunch raised £200,000 for the work of the trust.
More than 350 people attended World Jewish Relief’s fifth annual Kiss Come Dancing event to see six amateur dancers compete for the title of champion. Winner Karen Paul said: “The contest was a dream come true. Knowing the money raised is going towards a fantastic cause has made the experience even more rewarding.” The event, which was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in central London, raised £100,000 for WJR’s children’s projects across Eastern Europe.
Nazi-hunter Efraim Zuroff and Shadow Schools Secretary Michael Gove paid tribute to the courage of Shoah survivors at the annual Lord Merlyn-Rees memorial lecture. The event, organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, focused on this year’s theme, The Legacy of Hope, acknowledging the importance of continuing the survivors’ legacy.
The inaugural reception for Norwood M&A network, a new fundraising group of professionals working in mergers and acquisitions, raised £15,000 for the charity. The guest speaker, ITV economics editor Daisy McAndrew, spoke to the 80-strong gathering at Asia House about the current economic climate