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
More than 400 people attended the annual dinner of the Anglo-Israel Association at Grosvenor House. At the dinner, which celebrated the 60th anniversary of Israel, the Israeli Prime Minister’s international spokesman, Mark Regev, spoke to the guests about the current situation in Israel
X Factor judge Simon Cowell was the guest speaker at Norwood’s annual dinner at the Grosvenor House in Central London. Mr Cowell introduced Norwood’s fundraising film and expressed his admiration for the charity’s work. Gill Fenner, chair of the Helping Hand awards, introduced GMTV presenter Kate Garraway, who presented awards to Michelle Barnett, Rachely Plancey and Eliana Ostro. The 1,200 guests raised £3m for Norwood
St John’s Wood Synagogue was the venue for a gala dinner to honour Howard Stanton as he completes his term as chair of the Council of the London School of Jewish Studies. In his address to the 150-strong crowd, LSJS president Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks paid tribute to Mr Stanton’s achievements. LSJS chief executive Dr Raphael Zarum said of the outgoing chair: “The last five years has seen the rejuvenation of LSJS. Much of this is due to the firm leadership and strategic thinking of Howard Stanton — and we wanted to say thank you.”