The Guest List

Liberals thank their patrons at a party

April 18, 2011

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.

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Leeds diners rustle up £23K for UJIA projects

April 15, 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.

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A Manchester crowd supports the launch of UJIA Kef

April 15, 2011

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.

Photos: Phil Tragen

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Joanna Lumley helps to make £1.2m for a Manchester charity

April 13, 2011

Actress Joanna Lumley was the star turn at a fundraising dinner for Manchester’s Federation of Jewish Services. In an interview with radio personality Nicky Campbell the actress answered questions about her film and television career. She also thanked the 630-strong crowd for feeling “part of the family” in supporting the communal charity.

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Early risers collect £70K for Ort schools

April 11, 2011

Advertising boss Sir Martin Sorrell was the guest speaker at British Ort's business breakfast at the Savoy Hotel in central London. He presented the 300 guests with a view of the global economy which endorsed Ort’s stress on technological education to equip children for the job market. The event raised £70,000 for Ort’s network of 18 Jewish day schools throughout the former Soviet Union.

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London diners raise £400K for Langdon Foundation

April 11, 2011

The star attraction of the fifth annual Langdon fundraising dinner were Langdon service users who were the hosts for the evening. The young adults spoke to the 380-strong audience at London’s Savoy hotel about the support and friendships that the charity gives them. The event raised more than £400,000 for Langdon

Photos: John Rifkin

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A large crowd collects £100K for the ZF

April 4, 2011

Noble prize-winning politician Lord Trimble was honoured at the Zionist Federation’s annual dinner with an award to recognise his support for Israel. The former Northern Ireland First Minister was an independent observer at the Turkel Commission, set up by Israel to investigate last year’s Gaza flotilla incident.

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London diners rustle up £12K for Norwood's services

April 1, 2011

ITV political correspondent Lucy Manning spoke about her close encounter with the new Downing Street cat, as she helped Norwood raise £12,000 at its annual ladies lunch. After telling the 100 guests about Larry – who gave her a nasty scratch live on camera – she also described what it was like to report on the general election from within the Labour Party.

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A sports crowd nets £148K for UJIA projects

April 1, 2011

More than 400 supporters, including sporting stars, were attracted to UJIA's annual sports dinner and quiz at north London's Emirates Stadium. The event, sponsored by BDO, was compered by Sky Sports presenter Jim White who posed the sporting questions. The evening raised £148,000 to support UJIA's educational programmes across the UK and northern Israel's Galil region.

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Jewish Care Young Patrons raise £55k for Edgware centre

March 28, 2011

More than 200 Jewish Care Young Patrons gathered at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair for their third annual dinner. Dani Hopwood, who runs an education programme at the Martin B Cohen Centre for Wellbeing, made the appeal. The evening raised £55,000 which will go to the Edgware-based centre which supports people experiencing mental health issues.

Photos: Justin Grainge

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