The Guest List

A london crowd collects £60K for the Wiener Library

March 21, 2011

The Wiener Library attracted 125 guests to its gala evening at the home of Sir Sydney and Lady Rosa Lipworth. Historian Professor Simon Schama and Martin Fraenkel, chair of the Wiener Library Endowment Trust, spoke about the importance of the library's Holocaust archive and its work.

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A London reception celebrates grants made by OSHA

March 14, 2011

The Otto Schiff Housing Association hosted a London reception to celebrate its transformation from care provider for more than 200 people into a grant-making trust. The event, held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green, celebrated the potential raising of £57 million from the sale of its assets, the bulk of which has benefited 18 communal charities.

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A Glasgow crowd raises £81K for UJIA projects

March 11, 2011

Award-winning scientist and TV presenter Lord Winston spoke about the influence of Judaism on his life and career at the UJIA Scotland annual dinner this week.

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A Leeds crowd gets in the pink to raise funds for charities

February 28, 2011

Pink socks, ties, carnations, evening gloves, jewellery and frocks were very much in evidence at Leeds' Sinai Synagogue's Pink Ball. The event kicked off with Israeli dancing and included a buffet dinner with champagne cocktails. Money raised on the night will go towards synagogue funds and a donation wlll also be made to the charity appeals of the Lord Mayors of Manchester and Leeds.

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A large London crowd collects cash for the JCC and a cancer charity

February 25, 2011

Some 400 people were attracted to the Jewish Community Centre's night of "Comedy with a Cause" at The Comedy Store in Piccadilly Circus. The sell-out event, held to raise funds for the JCC for London and breast cancer charity Cancerkin, made £4,500 for the charities. On display were donated customised bras by celebrities including from Rachel Stevens, Emily Maitlis and Maureen Lipman.

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A large London crowd turns out for B-ICC awards dinner

February 21, 2011

Some 350 business leaders attended the inaugural British Israeli Business awards dinner, organised by the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Keynote speakers included Shai Agassi, the founder of Israel based Better Place, who spoke about the challenges facing the world in becoming less dependent on oil and David Willetts MP who spoke about building the strong business partnership between Britain and Israel. The event was held at the Millennium Mayfair hotel in London.

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Dragons' Den star helps to collect £90K for Norwood

February 17, 2011

Entrepreneur and Dragons' Den panellist Theo Paphitis was the guest speaker at the annual Business Breakfast fundraiser for Norwood. He spoke to the 200 professionals about the responsibilities of big businesses towards charities as part of the Government's Big Society initiative.

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London diners collect £30K for JCore's support work

February 14, 2011

Civil liberties champion Baroness Helena Kennedy was the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner for the Jewish Council for Racial Equality. She praised the charity's work in combating racism and assisting refugees and asylum seekers when she addressed the 100 guests. The event, held at Ivy House, north London, raised £30,000 for the charity's work.

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De Klerk helps to raise £275K for the Anne Frank Trust

February 14, 2011

The former South African president was the guest speaker at the Anne Frank Trust Holocaust Memorial Day lunch at the Hilton Park Lane. F W de Klerk received a standing ovation from the 630 diners for a speech in which he praised Nelson Mandela and spoke about how even the most intractable of conflicts can be resolved by peaceful means. The lunch raised £275,000 for the work of the Anne Frank Trust.

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A London crowd makes £1m for Camp Simcha

February 11, 2011

A capacity crowd of 900 people raised £1 million towards the development of Camp Simcha's services at a gala dinner for the charity. The dinner, held at Old Billingsgate in central London, showcased the charity's services to improve the quality of life of children throughout the UK with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. The event was sponsored by Extreme World Races.

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