The reception for the opening of the 11th Leeds International Jewish Performing Arts Festival was held at Northern Ballet, one of the festival's new venues. Festival director Ellie Ruhan told the guests that use of the three new sites was "a bit of an experiment but so far has proved to be successul".
Manchester Jewish Community Care's first joint golf day with the Langdon Foundation attracted 64 players to Whitefield Golf Club. The event was organised by Ronnie Levene, deputy chairman of MJCC and Landgon Foundation trustee Jonny Manson together with Langdon Foundation committee members Alan Bernstein and Gary Cohen.
Some 40 MPs were among the 150 guests at a Conservative Friends of Israel farewell lunch for Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor before his departure from the UK. In his address, Foreign Secretary William Hague paid tribute to the ambassador – who is to take up the post of envoy at the United Nations – saying that he was held in high esteem and that he "valued their friendship".
Lord Rothschild was the guest speaker at Jewish Care's business breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane. He spoke to nearly 300 business professionals about the impact of the rise in the cost of food staples for both poor and rich nations.
Sainsbury's chairman David Tyler was the guest speaker at the inaugural Young Nightingale business lunch. In his address, Mr Tyler spoke to the 90 business professionals about the essential elements for running a successful supermarket chain. Alongside his business career, Mr Tyler is a trustee of the south London care home.
Liberal Judaism held its seventh annual Council of Patrons' dinner at the House of Lords. More than 80 donors to the movement were entertained by TV comedy writer Dan Patterson. In his address, Liberal Judaism's chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich spoke of how he would like to see patrons' donations used in 2011.
Journalist and TV presenter Esther Rantzen was the star of the show at the Leeds women's UJIA annual appeal lunch this week. The event, held at the United Hebew Congregation, attracted 150 people who heard the founder and president of ChildLine – the national children's helpline – talk about her life and career.
The Lime Bar on Salford Quays hosted the Zest launch party for UJIA Kef – inspired by the Hebrew word for “fun”. More than 300 young professionals were attracted to the event which raised £3,000 to support UJIA’s educational programmes in the UK and northern Israel.