Young WJR attracted more than 150 people to its launch at the Made in Brasil bar in north London. Coral Summers, a Young WJR committee member, said that she was “Extremely grateful to all those who attended the launch”. The Brazilian-themed event raised £1,300 for World Jewish Relief’s services.
Lord Coe, chair of the London 2012 Olympic Games committee, was the guest speaker at a British Friends of Haifa University reception. He paid tribute to the hosts Sir Maurice Hatter and his wife Irene, who are the main donors behind the university’s new Hatters student building. The 60 guests at the St John’s Wood event raised £50,000 for the university
More than 150 people went to a Manchester Jewish Community Care business breakfast. The guest speaker, former Tory minister Michael Portillo, spoke about the economy. The event, held at the Freemasons’ Hall, raised £7,000 for the Nicky Alliance Day Centre
“Victoria and David Beckham” were among the 170 guests at British Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem’s gala dinner at Madame Tussauds in central London. The event raised £47,000 for the charity, which is celebrating its diamond anniversary
Close to 200 guests raised £60,000 for Jewish Care’s Martin B Cohen Centre for Wellbeing, due to open in Edgware shortly. The event, held at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in central London, was organised by Jewish Care’s Young Patrons committee and included a teddy bear-themed raffle
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.
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
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
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
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