Award winning author Howard Jacobson was the guest speaker at the World Jewish Relief Manchester annual dinner. The author shared humorous tales about growing up in Manchester and spoke about his joy at winning the Man Booker Prize last year for his novel The Finkler Question. He also spoke to the 160 guests at the Lowry Hotel about the "humbling importance" of WJR's work in the community. The event raised £80,000 to help WJR fund the new Kharkov Welfare and Community Centre which will open in March.
Chai Cancer Care celebrated its 20th anniversary at a Twenty Years of Light dinner. Event hosts Angela and Stephen Rubin welcomed 400 guests to the milestone event at the Grosvenor Hotel in central London. The dinner raised £750,000 towards accommodation for Chai’s medical rehabilitation and palliative care outpatient service at the charity’s Hendon Centre.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, was interviewed by Daniel Finkelstein, executive editor at The Times on a wide range of topics before the floor was thrown open to questions from the 250 people at the Young Norwood current affairs reception. The networking event, sponsored by Investec Specialist Private Bank, was held at the London offices of Norton Rose. The evening raised £26,000 for Norwood’s support work for children and families in need.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Lord Trimble was the guest speaker at the Manchester UJIA annual dinner. More than 300 people from across the north west braved freezing temperatures to attend the event at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel. The evening raised £700,000 towards UJIA's programmes for young people and education in the UK and northern Israel.
Around 200 people were attracted to the annual legal dinner of the British Friends of the Hebrew University. The keynote speaker was Lord Neuberger who spoke about his recent visit to the Jerusalem university. Guest speaker Advocate Sharon Sionov from the university’s Israel Justice Centre spoke about the law clinics that it runs for deprived members of Israeli society. The event was held at Middle Temple Hall in central London.
More than 550 people attended the Board of Deputies’ 250th anniversary gala dinner at the InterContinental in Park Lane. The keynote speakers were former Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Quartet Representative to the Middle East, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. The evening raised £350,000 for the Board’s work in the community.
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was the guest speaker at Norwood’s annual fundraising dinner. She told the 1,300-strong audience about her recent visit to Norwood services in Hendon. "Being at Norwood filled my heart and restored my faith in human nature," she said. The event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, raised £3.3 million for the charity.
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.