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.
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.