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
More than 400 people attended the Jewish Cultural Awards 2008. The JC-sponsored event, held in support of the London Jewish Cultural Centre, celebrated the contribution made by both Jews and non-Jews to our culture over the past year. The event, hosted by TV presenter Emily Maitlis, was held at the Shaw Theatre, Central London
A supper auction was held to launch Israeli charity Keren Malki in Britain. The charity helps physically disabled children of all religions in Israel and Gaza. Keren Malki was set up in 2001 by co-founder Arnold Roth following the death of his daughter Malka in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem. The event, attended by 130 people, was held at Yavneh College in Borehamwood and raised £18,000 for the charity.
Jongleurs Comedy Club in Camden, North London, hosted a "Now that's what I call Laniado" quiz evening. Young Laniado chair Andrew Wolfin said: "This was a real team effort and it's very satisfying to see another Young Laniado event go down so well." It attracted almost 150 people, who raised £1,500 for the Netanya hospital.
Graeme Le Saux fielded a question-and-answer session at a Magen David Adom Football and the Media evening. Journalists Henry Winter and Raphael Honigstein and sports lawyer Mel Goldberg completed the panel. The event, held at St John's Wood Synagogue, attracted 120 people and raised £5,000 for Israel's emergency rescue service. The evening was organised by the Young MDA committee
Southend and District Aid Society, which supports Jewish Care's work, celebrated its 55th birthday. At its emerald ball, a cheque for £15,000 was presented to Jewish Care chief executive Simon Morris for local Jewish Care home Raymond House. The event was held at Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation
JNF Future's Beit committee attracted 200 revellers to its "Too Tipsy on the Thames" annual boat party. The JC-sponsored function raised £3,000 for Israeli organisation Beit Issie Shapiro, which provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs.