EVENTS OF THE WEEK Fred­die and Chai have recipes for suc­cess

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life -

SUP­PORT­ERS OF Nightin­gale, the South-West Lon­don res­i­den­tial home, should be in good spir­its fol­low­ing the huge suc­cess of the an­nual fundrais­ing din­ner. It not only raised more than £1m, but had TV his­to­rian Si­mon Schama as guest speaker. The event, at the City’s Guild­hall, also bade farewell as pres­i­dent to the inim­itable Ros Pre­ston; the new chair­man, Har­vey Rosen­blatt, was able to tell guests about his am­bi­tions for the Wandsworth care home.

On the sub­ject of suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing, lav­ish praise for Auschwitz sur­vivor Fred­die Knoller, 86, who has once again per­suaded a world­fa­mous mu­si­cian (this time vi­o­lin­ist Itzhak Perl­man) to be guest of hon­our at a re­cep­tion in aid of Jewish Care’s Holo­caust Sur­vivors’ Cen­tre this week.

Mr Knoller, founder and chair­man of the HSC Friends’ Com­mit­tee, was ex­pect­ing 180 guests at the re­cep­tion on Tues­day night fol­low­ing Mr Perl­man’s con­cert at Lon­don’s Bar­bican Hall. Last year, the feisty fundraiser ar­ranged an exclusive per­for­mance in aid of the HSC by vi­o­lin vir­tu­oso Maxim Vengerov at which HRH Princess Alexandra was present.

And a grat­i­fy­ing week for Chai Can­cer Care, which, on Sun­day, launched its first-ever cook book. To­gether We Can Cook, writ­ten by and for chil­dren, was con­ceived as a way of rais­ing funds for the Hen­don cen­tre’s chil­dren- and fam­ily-sup­port ser­vices.

More than 130 chil­dren, aged three to 14, from 35 schools con­trib­uted their favourite recipes for main cour­ses, starters and desserts. TV pre­sen­ter Clau­dia Win­kle­man, ac­com­pa­nied by her son Jake, four, were at the cen­tre on Sun­day to throw a metaphor­i­cal bot­tle of cham­pagne over the bows of this beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated lit­tle tome. We hear that it is al­ready sell­ing well on Ama­zon. Just think of all those proud par­ents, grand­par­ents, aun­ties and un­cles.

A good week in Brighton, where the Jewish com­mu­nity — un­der the aus­pices of the Sus­sex Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil and JNF UK — has launched a na­tion­wide com­pe­ti­tion to find a song to cel­e­brate Is­rael’s 60th birth­day next May.

Fi­nal­ists in the song-writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion de­signed for ama­teur com­posers will per­form for a panel of celebrity judges at a grand fi­nal in Brighton on May 7. As­pir­ing Amy Wine­houses and Billy Joels can pocket £1,000 for first place, or £500 and £250 for sec­ond and third places.

Mean­while, JNF UK is £300,000 bet­ter off this week, thanks to its Is­raeli Fo­rum com­mit­tee event at Gil­gamesh in Cam­den, North Lon­don, last week. The glit­ter­ing event, spon­sored by Is­raeli en­tre­pre­neur Arnon Katz, raised the cash for a new school for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren at Gi­vat Olga on Is­rael’s Mediter­ranean coast. Among the 300 Lon­don-based Is­raelis who packed the hy­per­cool restau­rant (it has the long­est bar in Europe, Com­mu­nity Life has been in­formed) was about-to-depart Is­raeli Am­bas­sador Zvi Heifetz and JNF UK Is­raeli Fo­rum chair­man Le­ora TornHi­bler.

Some half-dozen se­nior Barnet coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing Cllr Lynne Hil- lan, Cabi­net Mem­ber for Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, and Cllr John Mar­shall, Cabi­net Mem­ber for In­vest­ment in Learn­ing, will be join­ing more than 1,000 other mainly Jewish vol­un­teers this Sun­day to take part in the Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­tre’s an­nual Mitz­vah Day, which is sup­port­ing 35 lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional projects. Per­haps with green con­cerns in mind, the coun­cil­lors will be help­ing out on an en­vi­ron­men­tal project or­gan­ised by Finch­ley Re­form Syn­a­gogue to clean Dol­lis Brook, which runs across the bor­ough.

Wolf­son-Hil­lel Pri­mary School in South­gate, North Lon­don, gave a whole new mean­ing to the phrase “red let­ter day” last week when all 470 pupils, plus staff and par­ents, dressed in scar­let for the launch of a play­ground ap­peal.

Called the Red-Hot Ap­peal, it aims to raise £50,000 for the com­plete re­fur­bish­ment of the ex­ist­ing play­ground, as well as im­prov­ing other sports and play fa­cil­i­ties. A year of fund-rais­ing be­gan with the re­lease of 50 red bal­loons by the lo­cal MP David Bur­rowes, who, de­spite be­ing a Tory, donned a red tie and scarf. En­field mayor Cllr Do­gan Delman, wear­ing his red may­oral robes, un­veiled a fund-rais­ing ther­mome­ter, which has al­ready reg­is­tered £2,000.

And news reaches us of a new ac­tiv­ity on of­fer at the Sun­rise res­i­den­tial care homes in El­stree and Chor­ley­wood. Res­i­dents are be­ing of­fered Nin­tendo Wii (pro­nounced, for the ben­e­fit of read­ers aged over-25, “wee”). Com­mu­nity Life re­frains from any cruel jokes…

PHOTO: VICKY AL­HAD­EFF

Clau­dia Win­kle­man at the launch of Chai Can­cer Care’s chil­dren’s cook­book To­gether We Can Cook in Hen­don on Sun­day

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