Mayor of London Boris Johnson took part in the ground-breaking ceremony for the £50 million Jewish Comunity Centre for London. The idea for the 35,000 square-foot centre in Hampstead was conceived by Dame Vivien Duffield.
The London Jewish Cultural Centre attracted more than 200 guests to the opening of Art House, an art exhibition aimed at the local and Jewish communities. The JC-sponsored show received 258 works by 106 artists, with paintings being couriered down from Manchester and Newcastle. The exhibition, housed at Ivy House in Golders Green, runs until October 11.
Some 100 UJIA supporters were thanked for their dedication at the organisation's annual patrons' reception. The gathering at the Wallace Collection in central London enjoyed a private tour of the gallery and a lecture by Ze'ev Bielski, Knesset member for Kadima, who spoke about Israel's history and the challenges it faces.
London Mayor Boris Johnson praised the services offered by Jewish Care's £44 million Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus in Golders Green when he officially opened it last Friday. Mr Johnson met residents, members, staff and Jewish Care leaders during a tour of the premises. He described the facility as "marvellous.
The Prince of Wales paid tribute to the Jewish community in his address to mark the 250th anniversary of the Board of Deputies. In his speech to a 500-strong audience at the Guildhall Prince Charles praised the "deep and vibrant contribution of British Jews to every sphere of British life".
Young Jewish Care's inaugural fashion event attracted 100 supporters to the London College of Fashion. Guest speaker Alison Loehnis of online retailer Net-a-Porter gave the fashion forward guests previews into next season's trends and an insight into her work with influential designers. The event raised £2,000 for Jewish Care's Martin B Cohen Centre for Wellbeing in Edgware.
A capacity crowd of 450 people attended the Grosvenor House Hotel to mark the tenth anniversary of One Family which raises funds for victims of terror in Israel. The evening included a performance by the charity's bereaved fathers' choir – a choir made up of fathers whose children have been killed by acts of terror.
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".