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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

Photos: Simon Joseph

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A big crowd supports the Film Festival’s gala opening

October 7, 2010

More than 300 film enthusiasts were attracted to the West End Vue for the launch of the UK Jewish Film Festival. For further details of the festival see www.ukjewishfilmfestival.org.uk

Photos: Graham Chweidan

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London diners raise £400K for HET's work

September 28, 2010

Former British prisoner of war Denis Avey and Holocaust survivor Hannah Sara Rigler were two of the speakers to address the 300 guests at the Holocaust Educational Trust’s appeal dinner. The event, held at the Marriott Hotel in central London, raised more than £400,000 for the work of the HET.

Photos: John Rifkin

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Post-fast party

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

South Manchester youth club, the Hub, hosted its inaugural post-fast party

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Klezmer Klimax

By Jennifer Lipman, August 12, 2010

Over 300 Londoners tapped their toes and danced in the aisles at Klezmer Klimax, the last concert of the Jewish Music Institute's KlezFest. New York-based trumpeter Frank London headed a cast of klezmer stars from the USA, Great Britain and Europe.

Photos: Natan Rifkin

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