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.
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.
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.
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
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.