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.
Sir Peter Roth hosted a reception to launch the New Israel Fund William Frankel Social Justice Fellowship. The accolade, in memory of the alte JC editor, was awarded to graduate Keren Simons. The event, held at London's Middle Temple, raised £10,000 to sponsor next year's fellow.
Businessman Sir Ronald Cohen was the guest speaker at a British-Israel Chamber of Commerce business breakfast. He spoke to the gathering at the City offices of Davies Arnold Cooper about the challenges of ensuring economic stability in the Middle East.
Abridge Golf Club hosted the 40th Redbridge Aid Golf Society (Rags)annual golf day. The event raised £145,000 which is to be split between three charities: the Doris and Sidney Gold Rags scheme received £5,000 to help gap year students in Israel to learn how to become community leaders; CST received £10,000 and £130,000 goes to Jewish Care’s Redbridge community centre.
Author Santa Montefiore shared the secrets of her inspiration for her romantic novels with the 130-strong audience at the Friends of Ort annual summer lunch. The event, held at the London home of Lady Lipworth, raised £25,000 for Ort’s 17 schools in the Former Soviet Union.
More than 300 people attended the Weizmann UK gala dinner at the Science Museum in London. Keynote speaker Professor Simon Schama told the guests that if there was one place that represented a vindication of the Jewish dream it would be the Weizmann Institute. Over £550,000 was raised to support scientific collaboration between the Israeli Institute and UK research institutions.
Cherie Blair was the guest of honour at the opening of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Camden. The 150-strong gathering viewed some 24 ancient items, including the oldest Hebrew book in the world.
More than 200 young lawyers attended a YN lawyers fundraising and networking reception at the City offices of Goldman Sachs. Legal journalist Joshua Rozenberg chaired a panel of experts who debated the topic "Should celebrities expect to be able to lead a normal private life?" The event raised £23,000 for Norwood, which supports people with learning disabilities and children and families in need.