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Ivor Dembina and James Sherwood

By sasha, July 9, 2009
Saturday 11 July


Jewish Care’s £50k punch

July 2, 2009

Jewish Care rolled with the punches in London’s Mayfair — and came out on top by £50,000.

A gentleman’s boxing dinner organised by the charity’s Next Generation committee attracted a boisterous 180-capacity crowd to the Millennium Hotel.

As well as a three-fight bill arranged by boxing impresario Robert Waterman, the sporting theme extended to a silent auction for sporting memorabilia including a boxing glove signed by Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and other heavyweight champions.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.