Foreign Secretary William Hague was the guest speaker at the UJIA annual dinner. Mr Hague described Israel as a friend of Great Britain and explained how his recent visit to Israel was spent "celebrating the close ties between Britain and Israel and looking for ways to strengthen them in the future". The event, held at the Hilton in central London, attracted over 700 guests, and raised £2.2 million for UJIA’s education programmes in the UK and Israel.
Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson was the guest speaker at Jewish Care's Topland Group Business lunch. He told the 600-strong audience that the charity and the Labour Party shared "core values of caring and community". The event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London, raised £241,000 for the charity's Kennedy Leigh home care services.
Almost 200 people attended the gala dinner of the Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill. The event, held at Claridge’s in central London, raised more than £170,000 for the Golders Green based charity which provides support for the mentally ill.
Magen David Adom raised more than £1.1 million at its annual fundraising dinner at the Millenium Hotel in central London. Entertainment for the 340 supporters of the Israeli emergency rescue service was provided by impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner.
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks discussed moral issues with WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell, British Land’s Sir John Ritblat and business journalist Jeff Randall at the annual dinner of the Jewish Association of Business Ethics.
The dinner was held at the Park Lane Hotel in central London and attended by 320 guests.
Guest speaker Middle East Minister Alistair Burt MP told the 150 diplomats and guests at a Board of Deputies 250th anniversary event that the UK has been enriched by the Jewish community. He commented: “The Board of Deputies is a model of unified leadership.” The celebratory ambassadors’ reception at Kent House in Knightsbridge was attended by representatives of some 30-plus nations.
More than 150 people were attracted to Israel Connect’s European Club Night at the Bear Bar in central London. The event ran alongside the Zionist Federation’s European Conference weekend. Funds raised on the night will support future Israel Connect activities.