Authors Joanna Trollope, Gyles Brandreth and Simon Sebag-Montefiore were the speakers at a literary lunch held by Wizo.UK as part of its 90th anniversary celebrations. The event, held at
St John's Wood Synagogue, attracted more than 230 diners who raised over £20,000 for Wizo projects in Israel.
More than 500 Laniado UK supporters attended a champagne cocktail reception for the charity at Art London 2008. In this, Art London's 10th anniversary, Laniado UK was selected as its chosen charity. "Collate for Laniado" was curated by artist Adam Ball. The event was held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and showcased the works of more than 75 galleries.
British Friends of Shenkar College held a summer show at the head office of Marks & Spencer in Central London. The event displayed the work of 17 students from the Ramat Gan college who had been in the UK for the past 10 weeks on work experience at companies including M&S, Long Tall Sally and River Island. The event, attended by 120 people, was hosted by M&S chairman Sir Stuart Rose.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown was the guest speaker at the UJIA annual dinner and campaign launch. In his address, he told the 800-strong audience: "What makes UJIA so unique is that you do not just give money - you invest in people. You invest in the future. You invest in hope." At the fundraising dinner, held at the Hilton Hotel in London, UJIA unveiled plans to spend £20.5 million on education programmes in Israel and the UK. The event raised a record £3.77 million
One hundred attended a Jewish Association for Business Ethics seminar on ethical challenges. In his address, Jabe president, Sir Jonathan Sacks, said: "A Jewish organisation is not simply an organisation run by Jews or for Jews. It is an organisation run according to Jewish law. Anything else is not worthy of the name." The event was held at the West End offices of BDO Stoy Hayward
More than 150 "Old Carmels" attended a reunion. Former Carmel College pupils from 1979 to 1984 came from as far afield as America, Australia, South Africa, Belgium, Israel and France. The event was held at the Hampstead home of Shelley and Paul Simons.
Actor James Nesbitt was the guest speaker at the World Jewish Relief Manchester Committee's annual fundraising dinner. He told the 200-strong crowd about his role as a Unicef ambassador and expressed his admiration of WJR's work in countries such as Georgia. The event was held at the Airport Radisson Hotel and raised £104,000 for WJR.
More than 700 people were attracted to the inaugural Hackney Day Limmud. The programme offered learning sessions, exhibitions, films, klezmer and African drummers. Co-chair Steve Brown said that the event, held at the Petchey Academy, was a success. "We will definitely do it again," he said.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Foreign Secretary David Miliband both spoke about the situation in the Middle East to the 500-strong audience at the Labour Friends of Israel's annual reception at party conference. The gathering was also addressed by Colette Avital MK, the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, who had travelled from Israel for the conference.
Five-hundred people attended the Holocaust Educational Trust’s 20th-anniversary dinner. The guest of honour, Holocaust-survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, recalled his childhood during the Shoah and his decision to dedicate his life to championing human rights. The dinner raised funds for HET’s new schools programme “Think Equal”. The event was held at the Banqueting House, Whitehall