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.
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.