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
More than 500 revellers were attracted to a winter and champagne cocktail party at Kensington Roof Gardens. The evening, which raised £2,500 for Norwood, was organised by Joseph Menahem and Jonny Bluestone. “The night was a great success and everyone had a wonderful time raising money for a good cause,” said Joseph
ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen was the guest speaker at a lunch in aid of Jewish Blind and Disabled. In her address, she spoke to the 200-strong audience about her election campaign and broadcasting career. The event, held at the Hendon Hall Hotel, raised £30,000 for the charity.
Around 200 people attended a gala reception for the opening of the musical Ruth at Kingfield Synagogue in Sheffield. The show, written by community members Stephen Swycher and Leslie Cass, was performed over three nights and attended by around 600 people.
Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor hosted a reception at his London residence for the British Friends of Haifa University. Guest speaker Lord Winston spoke to the gathering about the importance of the work of the university