Some 800 people came to the 80th anniversary party of the Judean Club in Leeds. Guests from as far afield as Hong Kong, Canada, Australia and Israel were reunited with old friends from the Jewish youth club. The event was held at Leeds Grammar School
Langdon Foundation attracted 350 people to its third annual dinner which had the theme “Demystifying Learning Disabilities”. In her address, guest speaker Professor Tanya Byron spoke about how difficult it is for people with special needs to be treated as equals. The event, held at London’s Park Lane Hotel, raised £250,000 for the charity
More than 200 people came to the “My Single Jewish Friend” party at the Century Club in Central London. The evening was jointly organised by World Jewish Relief and the Jewish Community Centre for London and raised £2,000 for WJR projects.
Dragons’ Den’s Duncan Bannatyne and Anne Frank’s stepsister, Eva Schloss, were among the 450 guests at the Anne Frank Trust HMD business lunch. Ellie Kendrick, who portrayed the diarist in the recent BBC series, was also at the London Hilton event. Some £170,000 was raised for the work of the trust
The charity Glasgow Girls in London attracted 200 tartan-clad revellers to Finchley Synagogue’s Kinloss Suite for a Burns Night celebration. The evening was chaired by East Renfrewshire MP Jim Murphy, while Burns’ Address to a Haggis was recited by Glaswegian Jeremy Freedman. The charity, formed two years ago to raise money for education and welfare charities in the expatriates’ home city, collected more than £10,000 on the night.
World Jewish Relief hosted its fourth annual Kiss Come Dancing gala. Following the judges’ scores and audience votes, Mark Gershinson won the dance competition. The 600-strong audience at the Park Lane Hilton in Central London raised £200,000 for support projects run by WJR’s Kiss for a Child Committee.
A capacity crowd of 220 guests packed out the Graphic Bar in London’s Soho to support the launch party of Young UJIA. The sell-out evening was organised by Y-UJIA committee members Laurence Marshbaum, Deborah Berwald, Rachel Ingram and Pippa Melamet. More than £3,000 was raised on the night for UJIA educational programmes in the UK and the Galil, northern Israel
The annual British Technion Society’s Ron Arad lecture and dinner was held at London’s Royal College of Physicians. At the event, Daniel Peltz announced the launch of a new campaign, “Touch the Future”, where donors can choose which areas of research at the Haifa-based Technion they wish to support. Lecture speaker Professor Uri Sivan told the 170 guests about his research at the Technion
Almost 200 women saw human rights champion Helen Bamber become Jewish Care’s Woman of Distinction 2008. The award was presented by clinical psychologist and TV presenter Dr Tanya Byron. The event, held at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, raised £26,000 for Jewish Care homes for those with special mental health needs.
UJIA Manchester welcomed more than 400 guests to the city centre Hilton Hotel to launch the charity’s campaign year. In his address, guest speaker Dr Guy Bechor, a Middle East analyst at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Centre, spoke about the situation in Israel and the country’s vulnerable borders. Close to £1 million was raised on the night for UJIA educational programmes in both the UK and the Galil, northern Israel