The Guest List

Stars out for UK Jewish Film Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, November 5, 2010

The 2010 UK Jewish Film Festival opened last night with a screening of The Debt at Vue West End cinema.

Celebrities including Claudia Winkleman and Downton Abbey actress Elizabeth McGovern turned out to watch Helen Mirren star as a Mossad agent on the run from her Nazi-hunting past.

Other big names in the audience included Vanessa Feltz, Lord Levy, Alan Yentob and Ronnie Ancona, as well as the Festival’s first ever Ambassador, Tracy-Ann Oberman.

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Ambassadors support Deputies 25th celebrations

November 2, 2010

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.

Photos: Yoav Galai

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Israel Connect packs a punch at its European Club night

November 1, 2010

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.

Photos: Melissa Harris and Adam Stone

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A London crowd collects £200K to support Haifa Technion

November 1, 2010

The humanisation of robots took centre stage at this year’s British Technion Society Ron Arad lecture, as two leading robotics experts highlighted the importance of robot ethics. Speaking to a capacity audience of 300 people at the Royal College of Physicians in Regents Park, Israeli roboticist Dr Alon Wolf and Professor Alan Winfield presented the latest developments in robotics. The event raised almost £200,000 for a research programme in Dr Wolf’s laboratory at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Photos: John Rifkin

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London diners collect £400K for Ort's schools

October 27, 2010

Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor was honoured for his representation of Israel as well as his suppport for Anglo-Jewish charities at the British Ort gala dinner. The Ambassador told the 245-strong audience, which included former prime minister Tony Blair’s wife, Cherie: “Your support now is more crucial than it has ever been.” The event was held at the Millennium Hotel in central London and raised £400,000 for Ort’s network of 18 schools in the former Soviet Union.

Photos: Paul Lang

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A business crowd rustles up £11k for Norwood

October 26, 2010

Norwood’s second M&A Network reception, a fundraising event for professionals working in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate finance, raised £11,000 for the charity. The guest speaker was James Harding, editor of The Times, who spoke about the recent party political conferences. Around 75 industry professionals attended the reception, sponsored by SGPB Hambros at Asia House in central London.

Photos: Isaac Strang

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Leeds diners raise £30K for a wizo centre

October 26, 2010

Novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford returned to her native Leeds for the annual Wizo Blue and White dinner, where she helped raise more than £30,000 for a Wizo day centre in Tel Aviv. The author, who now lives in New York, spoke to the 220 guests at Etz Chaim Synagogue about her career.

Photos: John Fisher

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London diners collect £250K for stem cell research

October 14, 2010

Heart Cells Foundation’s annual film and gala dinner attracted a 200-strong audience to a private screening of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps at the Mayfair Hotel in central London. The event raised more than £250,000 to fund cardiac stem cell research at Barts and the London NHS Trust. Heart Cells Foundation was founded by the late Ian Rosenberg and his wife, Jenifer.

Photos: John Rifkin

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Nancy Dell'Olio helps to raise £10K for Magen David Adom

October 14, 2010

Former international lawyer and charity fundraiser Nancy Dell’Olio was the guest speaker at a Magen David Adom fundraiser. The event, held at the Hampstead home of Sue Peires, raised £10,000 for the Israeli emergency rescue service

Photos: Benjamin Turner

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London diners raise £270K for Reform movement

October 7, 2010

The British Ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, and the BBC’s Tim Franks were “in dialogue” at the Movement for Reform Judaism’s annual dinner. Topics discussed by the duo included the current situation in Israel and the potential threat from Iran. A record number of 255 guests raised a record £270,000 for the work of the Reform Movement. The event was held at the Royal Institute of British Architects in central London

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