Jewish Care business lunch raises more than £400,000

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Jewish Care business lunch raises more than £400,000

Shoah survivor, Mala Tribich is honoured for her contributions to Holocaust education at event for more than 900 guests

Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE, Jewish Care President, Steven Lewis, Eddie Zakay, Mala Tribich MBE, Jewish Care Chair, Jonathan Zenios, Sol Zakay, Lord Levy.
Pic: Jewish Care
Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE, Jewish Care President, Steven Lewis, Eddie Zakay, Mala Tribich MBE, Jewish Care Chair, Jonathan Zenios, Sol Zakay, Lord Levy. Pic: Jewish Care

More than 900 people gathered at Grosvenor House in London for Jewish Care’s Topland Group business lunch, which raised in excess of £400,000 to support the charity’s services.

The lunch, in its 14th year of partnership with the Topland Group, featured guest speaker, Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, head of the global Magnitsky Justice Campaign and author of Red Notice and Freezing Order, interviewed by former executive editor, chief leader writer, and current columnist for the Times newspaper, Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE.

The award this year, given in memory of Philip Greenwold, one of the Topland Group Lunch Committee’s original members, was awarded to Holocaust survivor, Mala Tribich MBE, who has contributed a huge amount to Holocaust education during her lifetime, ensuring that generations to come know her story and the stories of others.

Accepting the award, Mala Tribich, said: “I salute all people involved in making Jewish Care such a wonderful organisation and it’s so important to the whole community, so it’s a real privilege to be recognised by them. I use the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre when I’m not travelling and I always get a lovely reception. I know that everyone who goes benefits from the wonderful programmes that are organised there. You’ve heard about my story, but I just wanted to confirm what I know everyone feels about Jewish Care and the very valuable work they do. Thank you very much for this award and I will treasure it.”

Guest speaker Bill Browder was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he was denied entry to the country and declared “a threat to national security” for exposing corruption in Russian state-owned companies. In 2008, Browder’s lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, uncovered a massive fraud committed by Russian government officials that involved the theft of US $230 million of state taxes.

Jewish Care Life President, Lord Levy with award winner, Mala Tribich MBE, Topland Group Business Lunch 2023. Pic: Jewish Care

Sergei testified against state officials involved in this fraud and was subsequently arrested, imprisoned without trial and systematically tortured, sadly dying in prison in 2019. Since then, Bill Browder has sought justice outside of Russia and started a global campaign for governments around the world to impose targeted visa bans and asset freezes on human rights abusers and highly corrupt officials.

During the interview, Bill Browder and Lord Finkelstein both discussed their family roots going back to the Soviet Union and Browder discussed in detail the tremendous journey Browder has been on to uncover Russian corruption today.

When asked by Lord Finkelstein how the war in Ukraine today would end, Browder responded that “to understand how it ends you have to understand how it started”, describing the economic unrest within Russia due to corruption and that the war began with Putin looking to distract the public from domestic discontent. Browder also described the next “big idea” that he is working on this year, which is instead of freezing the money from Russia, it should be seized and the money used to rebuild the devastation caused in Ukraine.

Lord Finkelstein closed the interview with the question, “Do you sometimes miss your life before all of this, before becoming a campaigner for justice and enforcer of the law at personal risk, do you sometimes wish that hadn’t been you?”.

Jewish-Care-Topland-Group-Business-committee-Lord-Levy-Mala-Tribich-MBE. Pic: Jewish Care

Browder responded: “It’s my ambition now, it is infinitely more satisfying fighting for justice than fighting for money and so I wake up every day and I’m fully energised to do what I do and I feel like I’m living the best life I could be living.”

Daniel Carmel- Brown, chief executive, Jewish Care, said: “Jewish Care was honoured to give this year’s award to Mala Tribich MBE, who has given so much to Holocaust education; something that is so important, not just to our community, but to the world. Our Holocaust Survivor’s Centre is the only regular, dedicated space in the UK where survivors can gather together for support, festivals, social occasions and more, and we are so grateful that so many of them choose to be part of Jewish Care. With the cost of living crisis and energy bills rising, our costs have also increased by over £1 million in the last year, making the generous support of those who joined us today invaluable.”

David Pollock, chairman of the Topland Group business committee, said: “We are so glad to once again see the room filled with 900 guests and we owe a huge thanks to so many for helping to bring today together and provide great support for Jewish Care.”

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