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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.