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Jewish Care’s £3.6m dinner

By Leon Symons, June 25, 2009

A star attraction in Conservative leader David Cameron helped Jewish Care to raise a record £3.6 million from its annual dinner at Grosvenor House in London’s Mayfair on Monday night.

The total raised by the 1,150 guests outstripped last year’s proceeds by £100,000, to the delight of campaign chairman Steven Lewis. “The ability of our supporters to be so generous in recognising how vital our work is, in what is clearly a very tough year, was truly outstanding,” he said.

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University plants Senitt tribute

By Jay Grenby, June 4, 2009

Lord Janner and Reform movement head Rabbi Tony Bayfield were among those at a tree-planting ceremony at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies in memory of Alan Senitt, the young Jewish activist and interfaith worker murdered in Washington in 2006.

Over 40 family, friends and colleagues heard tributes from Lord Janner, a patron of the Alan Senitt Memorial Trust, Wes Streeting from the National Union of Students and Lee Petar, a long-time friend and former Bicom colleague.

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Survivors’ big day in Parliament

June 4, 2009

A group of Holocaust survivors spent Wednesday at the heart of government.

Survivor Roman Halter wrote to Gordon Brown at the end of last year asking if it would be possible for him and his colleagues from the Survivors’ Centre in Hendon to visit Parliament.

As part of a programme co-ordinated with the Holocaust Educational Trust, MP Ian Austin escorted 19 survivors around the House of Commons.

In the most dramatic of political weeks, the group also watched Prime Minister’s Questions, took tea with Hendon MP Andrew Dismore and were given a tour of Downing Street.

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Elizabeth Shrager raises £30,000 for Myeloma UK

By James Martin, May 14, 2009

The widow of the chairman of cross-communal school JCoSS has raised over £30,000 towards research into the cancer from which he died.

Elizabeth Shrager said the fundraising efforts of family and friends for Sunday’s walk in aid of Myeloma UK was “a great tribute to my husband Robert,” a prominent City figure who also chaired West London Synagogue.

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Young Magen David Adom raises £4,000 at prom party

May 14, 2009

THREE-HUNDRED young professionals attended Young Magen David Adom’s prom-themed party at Clerkenwell House to celebrate Israel Independence Day. The party raised £4,000 and Young MDA co-chair Harry Thwaites said the event was the group’s third sell-out in seven weeks.

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Maureen Lipman raises £50,000 for Cancer Research

May 14, 2009

Maureen Lipman addressed a lunch at Fortnum & Mason which raised £20,000 for Cancer Research UK. The event was organised by Barbara Freedman, a cancer research volunteer for almost half-a-century, and attended by 180 people.

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Freedom of the City for Prosor

By Isabel Janner, April 30, 2009

From today Israel’s ambassador, Ron Prosor, might be eligible to herd sheep across London Bridge and wander around with his sword drawn — if only it were not for modern day health and safety regulations.

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Marble Arch fee reductions help those caught in credit crunch

By Jay Grenby, February 26, 2009

Further cuts in membership fees are being implemented at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue to help congregants in financial difficulty.

The latest reductions of an average eight per cent mean that a member in his early 30s could pay under £150 a year.

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Station plays host to 'kinder' play

By Marcus Dysch, December 2, 2008

A play marking the 70th anniversary of the first Kindertransport arrivals in Britain was performed at Liverpool Street Station, in central London, yesterday.

The remembrance event, called 'Suitcase', focuses on the stories of eight people involved in the Kindertransport, including children, foster parents and railway workers.

The first young refugees from Nazi Germany arrived at the station on December 2, 1938.

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Chanucah with Boris

By Leon Symons, November 27, 2008

London Mayor Boris Johnson has given the green light for a major Chanucah celebration in Trafalgar Square.

Chanucah in the Square will be held at five o'clock on December 22, the second night of the festival, when the mayor will lead a civic lighting ceremony.

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