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MacKenzie is sunny on Israel, if not on Leveson

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2012

Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie attacked the Leveson inquiry but spoke warmly of Israel at an Emunah dinner at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday which raised £220,000.

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Maitlis makes the news as WJR raises £1.2 million

November 29, 2012

Broadcaster Emily Maitlis was the headline act for World Jewish Relief at its dinner at London’s Guildhall on Monday, which raised £1.2 million.

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Mental healthy charity's record-breaking dinner

November 29, 2012

Mental health charity Jami raised a record £200,000 from a dinner at London’s Savoy Hotel.

The work of Jami was highlighted by service users Sophia Levi and Jose Grayson, who told the 250 guests how it had help-ed them to cope with mental illness. Former British ambassador to Washington, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, was the guest of honour.

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Expo draws the crowds

November 29, 2012

More than 1,000 people attended the Israel Expo in London, where the exhibitors ranged from Christian Zionists to wine producers. There was also a “job centre” focusing on employment opportunities for those contemplating aliyah.

ZF chair Paul Charney said: “The Expo showed that Israel has many friends who will not abandon it at the first signs of trouble.”

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City of London pupil runs multi-faith conference

By Zoe Winograd, November 16, 2012

A 17-year-old City of London pupil organised and hosted a multi-faith conference for sixth-formers from London schools including JFS.

Times religion correspondent Ruth Gledhill and Adam Copson of the British Humanist Association were among a panel recruited by Hannah Cowen to debate the place of religion in the modern world.

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Brandeth helps MDA to £1.2m tonic

November 16, 2012

Broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth helped the UK support group of medical charity Magen David Adom to raise a healthy £1.2 million from a dinner at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair.

Mr Brandreth praised MDA’s volunteering spirit as a model for the Big Society.

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Lloyd Webber and Cowell take starring roles at Norwood dinner

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

A showbiz element has always been a feature of the Norwood dinner and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Simon Cowell headed a stellar cast.

The composer — who was interviewed about his career—saw the irony in Norwood inviting a “Tory peer to be the warm-up act for the leader of the Labour Party”.

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Miliband hails 'fantastic' Norwood at £3m dinner

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

Ed Miliband has told 1,100 Norwood supporters that charities should never be regarded as “a soft touch” for government cuts.

Addressing Norwood’s annual dinner on Monday at London’s Grosvenor House, which raised £3 million-plus, the Labour leader acknowledged that it had been “a very tough year” for charities heavily reliant on private donors.

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UJIA quiz fans tackle a varied question time

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

Cryptic clues about tube stations and a “where’s the rabbi” round were among the posers taken on by contestants at the Y-UJIA quiz and cocktail night.

Eleven tables of young professionals put themselves to the test, answering questions such as whether Boost chocolate bars are kosher (formerly, but not now) and the year the Beatles formed.

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Meir Panim raises £180K at gala dinner

October 25, 2012

Israeli food aid charity Meir Panim raised more than £180,000 from its second UK dinner, held at London’s Sheraton Park Lane Hotel and attended by 300 people.

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