Central London

Israeli MK's bar mitzvah

By Josh Jackman, July 7, 2016

Michal Biran stood behind the bar, pulled a pint of bitter and let the memories flood back.

The MK, who represents Labour in the Knesset, was back in the The White Ferry House in Victoria, central London, the pub where 11 years ago she had worked as one of the bar staff.

"I think they had a pool table before.


Hizbollah flags fly in London

By Josh Jackman, July 7, 2016

Hizbollah flags were on display in London last Sunday as around 600 protesters gathered for the annual anti-Israel Al-Quds Day march.

Police did not act to prevent the protesters displaying the colours of the organisation - whose military wing is defined as a terrorist group by the UK government - and made no arrests.

Approximately 500 pro-Israel activists mounted a counter-demonstration, wi


Ort finds Jimmy Choos a perfect fit

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

As the only male guest in a room of more than 80 women, Adam Overlander-Kaye was struggling to get a word in edgeways.


Injured soldier thanks support charity

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

A severely injured Israeli war veteran helped by the Beit Halochem UK charity told his story at a dinner at The Dorchester where the 400 guests raised £900,000.

Omer Levi, 28, had been discharged from the IDF in 2011. But as a reservist, he was called back as an evacuation commander during the 2014 Gaza conflict. On the Gaza border, he was hit by a mortar shell fired by Hamas.


Wizo is thanked by Regev for its key contribution

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2016

Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev hailed the contribution of British women to his country when he addressed Wizo's annual dinner in central London on Monday.

He told the 300 guests - who raised a record £350,000 - that having established Wizo in 1920, British women have continued to make an impact by backing its 800 Israeli educational and welfare centres for people of all faiths.


Kisharon diners see that Talya is one in a million

May 27, 2016

A moving speech from a 21-year-old supported by Kisharon helped the special educational needs charity raise a record £1 million from its 40th anniversary dinner.

Talya Jacobson, daughter of Kisharon chief executive Dr Beverley Jacobson, has cerebral palsy, a severe visual impairment and learning difficulties.

Addressing the 700 guests at the Park Lane Hilton in central London, she said: "Wh


Art lunch star is a picture of generosity

By Julia Weiner, May 27, 2016

British painter Fiona Rae was a generous guest of honour at the Women in Art lunch held by the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair.

The former Turner Prize nominee - who was interviewed about her career by Whitechapel Gallery director Iwona Blazwick - donated a painting worth £18,000 to the raffle, which helped to boost the event proceeds to £65,000.


Tikva's got talent, says Walliams

May 20, 2016

David Walliams brought star quality to Tikva UK's dinner in London's Mayfair which raised more than£1 million for Tikva children's homes in Odessa, Ukraine.

The emotional impact was in the story of Raya Skakun. Brought to Tikva at the age of six, she grew up in its homes. "Tikva gave me that hope for a better life that I didn't know I deserved," she said.


Story of abused mum moves JWA supporters

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2016

An emotional letter from a domestic abuse victim was read out by actress Alison Steadman at Tuesday's annual fundraising lunch for Jewish Women's Aid.

The letter was from a young mother, given the pseudonym Becca, who left her husband a year ago after receiving support from JWA.

"For a while I just suffered quietly, thinking what I was going through was normal," she wrote.


Scrolly good Progressive show

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

One of the world's oldest Progressive Jewish communities has donated a Sefer Torah to one of the youngest.