Actor John Hurt was the guest speaker at the Holocaust Educational Trust dinner at RIBA in central London. He told the 300-strong audience: “It’s crucially important to keep teaching the next generation about the Holocaust because it is just common sense.” The event raised over £400,000 for HET’s educational work
The newly formed Golf Fore Chai 2009 committee attracted over 90 players to its first tournament. The event, held at Hartsbourne Country Club, raised £33,000 to support Chai Cancer Care’s services. Prizes included a hole-in-one prize of a Ferrari 360, donated by HR Owen of St Albans.
More than 700 people attended the UJIA annual dinner and campaign launch at the Hilton Hotel in central London. Guest speaker Dan Gillerman, Israel’s ex-UN ambassador, spoke to the guests about the connection between the community and Israel and his hopes for the New Year. The event, hosted by Anita and Poju Zabludowicz, raised £3.7m for UJIA programmes in Israel and the UK.
Nana Events attracted more than 500 people to The Langley in London’s Covent Garden for its “Encore Mania” evening. Organiser Joseph Menahem said the committee “wants to hold parties for young professionals while raising money for charity”. The event raised £1,500 for World Jewish Relief.
More than 700 people supported Kisharon’s fundraising dinner at the Hilton Park Lane. Guest speaker Lord Strathclyde, leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords, commented that “the Kisharon family of special needs services represents a model of comprehensive care and development”. The event raised £500,000 for Kisharon’s services
Actress and campaigner Joanna Lumley was the star attraction at the annual UJIA women’s appeal. Ms Lumley spoke of her admiration for the Jewish community, and praised the work of the UJIA for its projects that help the “Jewish family” to thrive. The 400 guests at the Westfield London Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush raised £120,000 for UJIA’s educational work in the UK and in Israel
World Jewish Relief hosted an event at Hertfordshire’s Hartsbourne Country Club for golfers to showcase their skills while learning about the charity’s aid operation, Gifts in Kind. The 96 golfers raised £28,500 for GiK
Mayor of London Boris Johnson was the guest speaker at the Jewish Museum’s annual gala dinner. “It is vital to remember what the Jewish community has done for London and it is also vital to remember the seneseless threats that Jews have faced throughout history,” he told the 200 guests at the Mansion House in the City of London. The event raised £200,000 towards the £10 million rebuild of the museum’s Camden Town premises, due to reopen early next year
The Millennium Hotel in London’s Mayfair was the venue for Jewish Care’s gentleman’s boxing dinner organised by the charity’s Next Generation committee. The 180-strong crowd raised £50,000 for the Jack Gardner House in Golders Green, a residential home for young adults with long-term mental health needs.