The Guest List

American lawyer helps Israeli charity to raise £200K

May 14, 2009

Lawyer and campaigner Professor Alan Dershowitz was the guest of honour at a fundraiser held at the Mayfair home of Denise Esfandi. The 65 guests raised £200,000 for One Family UK, a charity dedicated to helping Israeli victims of terror.

Photos: Ben Turner

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A big London crowd raises cash for JNF

May 14, 2009

Israeli supermodel Havi Mond was among 800 revellers at a Yom Ha’atzmaut Mania party at the Langley Club in London’s Covent Garden. Proceeds from the Nana Events organised gathering will go to the JNF Futures Fund

Photos: Ilan Bluestone

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Ceremony marks start of new school’s construction

April 29, 2009

Schools Secretary Ed Balls, helped by other dignitaries, buried a time capsule in the foundations of the Jewish Community Secondary School in East Barnet. The capsule contained documents detailing the history of the site and the JCoSS project and included a copy of the JC from August 8, 2007, the week in which Barnet Council granted planning consent. The ground-breaking ceremony marked the start of construction of the £50 million, state-of-the-art, 1,310-place school, due to open its doors to pupils in September 2010

Photos: John Rifkin

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London diners raise £28,000 for World Jewish Relief

April 29, 2009

Former BBC director of audio and music Dame Jenny Abramsky was the guest speaker at a Pomegranate lunch, helping to raise £28,000 for World Jewish Relief. Dame Jenny spoke to the 140-strong audience at St John’s Wood Synagogue about her life and career

Photos: Yakir Zur

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Downing Street hosts a reception for Jewish Museum

April 22, 2009

The Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown, hosted a Downing Street reception for the Jewish Museum. The event was held to say “thank you” to 80 of the museum’s patrons who have supported its development project to expand its site in Camden, north London. Mrs Brown spoke about the importance of the museum, its role in stamping out racism and how the project will create a world-class museum. Lady Wendy Levene, chair of the museum’s development committee, thanked the project’s contributors

Photos: John Rifkin

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Manchester diners raise £250K for MDA in Israel

April 16, 2009

Comedienne Ruby Wax hosted 360 people at the Sheridan Suite for Manchester Magen David Adom’s annual dinner, helping to raise £250,000 for the Israeli emergency rescue service. Regional director Richard Simon said: “We went for an entertaining evening, which was a different concept. But it seemed to work, even in these difficult times.” The proceeds are to be used for an ambulance station in Hadera

Photos: Mike Poloway

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Early risers raise £45K for Jewish Care

April 7, 2009

A capacity crowd of 260 people attended the Mansion House in London for a Jewish Care business breakfast. Guest speaker Eric Daniels, group chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group, spoke about his career. The event raised over £45,000 for Jewish Care

Photos: Jason Andrews

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London diners rustle up £13k for Norwood’s services

April 2, 2009

Perfume expert Roja Dove spoke to a 100-strong audience about his perfumery “nose” and shared his new scents with the guests at a Norwood lunch. The event, organised by the charity’s Food and Thought committee, was held at the Haven Bistro and Bar in Whetstone which donated the venue and food. The diners raised £13,000 for Norwood’s support services

Photos: Danielle Manson

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A big crowd raises £6k at Jewish Care's 'Rock' launch

April 2, 2009

Nearly 300 people went to the launch party for Young Jewish Care’s Rock committee. Jamie Landesberg, chairman of the new committee, said: “The event was a great success. The dedication of the committee could be seen from the number of people who attended the night. Rock is already looking to plan another great night in order to continue raising money for this worthy cause. We would like to extend our thanks to all who supported us.” The night, entitled Glam Rock, was held at Parker McMillan club in London’s East End and raised £6,000 for Jewish Care

Photos: Ben Turner

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