Chancellor’s wife Maggie Darling hosted a reception for over 100 JBD supporters at 11 Downing Street to celebrate the charity’s 40th anniversary. The celebration was also an opportunity to raise awareness of the charity’s services. JBD chairman John Joseph told the gathering that many people “living in poor circumstances don’t know we exist”.
Legal journalist Joshua Rozenberg was the guest speaker at the Wizo blue and white dinner at Leeds Etz Chaim Synagogue. Addressing the 230 diners, he said that the BBC is not an antisemitic organisation, but has become more critical of Israel over the years. The event raised over £25,000 for Wizo projects in Israel
More than 200 people attended the Movement for Reform Judaism’s annual dinner. Guest speaker National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner praised the Reform movement, saying that modernity and interpretation was as relevant in religion as in the performing arts. The event, held at the Royal Institute of British Architects, raised £250,000 for the movement
More than £9,300 was raised at a British Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem golf day at Dyrham Park Country Club. The funds raised by the 48 golfers will be spent on the residential school’s 18-acre campus in Bayit Vegan
Fashion icon and actress Twiggy was the guest speaker at a World Jewish Relief women’s lunch at the Watford Hilton. Addressing the 300-plus guests she spoke about her Jewish roots and her desire to visit Israel. The event raised £14,000 for WJR projects
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.