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.”
A gala dinner was held to celebrate the lives of philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore and Haham Moses Gaster, a former Chief Rabbi of the Sephardic community in England. The event, part of “Israel at 60” celebrations, was held at Lauderdale Road Synagogue in a joint initiative with UJIA.
Around 130 people attended the launch of Jerusalem 2010, a celebration of 150 years of British involvement in the city, dating back to Sir Moses Montefiore’s legacy. The event, organised by the Jerusalem Foundation, was held at Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London
Magen David Adom UK raised £1.5 million at its annual dinner for the Israeli emergency rescue service. Three Israeli MDA medics, Yossi Cohen, Sarah Cascella and Udi Gelbshtein spoke about their experiences to the 340-strong crowd at the Millennium Mayfair
BBC newscaster Emily Maitlis was the guest speaker for World Jewish Relief at a Guildhall dinner which raised £1.5m. Ms Maitlis, a WJR supporter, told the 580 guests: “The charity has played a central role in some of the most turbulent chapters in world history”
The “Friends of Jami” committee attracted 200 guests to its annual dinner. Guest speaker author Howard Jacobson entertained the audience at the Berkeley Hotel in central London with anecdotes about his childhood. The evening raised £160,000 for the Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill.
The annual literary lunch in aid of Nightingale care home attracted 150 people. Guest speaker, novelist and former MP Jeffrey Archer, told the audience about his writing techniques, his political career and his spell in prison where he said he wrote “a million words by hand in one year”. The event, now in its tenth year, raised £63,000 for the South London care home
The Darom Wizo calendar launch attracted 250 guests to South Manchester Synagogue. Each year the group prints 2,000 calendars which are sold throughout the North West. Guest speaker Sandra Howard, wife of the former Tory leader Michael Howard, spoke about her life and career. The event raised £5,000 for Wizo projects
The Jewish community has honoured Israeli President Shimon Peres at a gala dinner at the Dorchester Hotel in Central London. The event was jointly hosted by the Britain-Israel Communications and Research Centre (Bicom), the UJIA, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies. In his address, Mr Peres praised the work the host organisations did in developing "Friends of Israel" in the UK. The event was attended by 200 people