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Glamorous Shanghai – JWA Gala Dinner

The Jewish Women’s Association of Hong Kong’s (JWA) annual Gala, “Glamorous Shanghai”, was held on 1 June at the Aberdeen Marina Club.
From Jewish Times Asia

Over 200 guests were in attendance for evening of entertainment, delicious food and fund raising activities. Invited guests included Israel’s Consul General to Hong Kong, Sagi Karni and his wife Stephanie; Dr. Ronnie Chan, Chairman of Hang Lung Group and the Chairman of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center and his wife Barbara Chan. Also represented from the Hong Kong SAR Government, Isaac Yau, the Deputy Commissioner of Correctional Services and his wife Vikki Yau.

Also present was Rafael Aharoni, the Chairman of the Maccabi World Union, Hong Kong, Macau and China; Ms. Sharon Ser, Regional Senior Partner of Wither’s Asia; and many distinguished members of the Jewish community. There was a special attendance by Mary Hemrajani, from the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation and her husband Anoop Hemrajani. The Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation is a sister charity to the JWA.

More than HK$ 1 million was raised on the night through the ongoing and generous support of JWA patrons. The proceeds goes directly to benefit the programmes JWA run in aid of women and children both in Israel and in Hong Kong.

In keeping with the theme of the evening guests were treated to a fusion-style menu and a performance by esteemed US pianist Sophia Yan who played a medley of pieces inspired by Shanghai in the early 20th century.

“We are very grateful for the continuous support we receive from the Hong Kong Jewish community and the greater community at large. Being involved in this organisation gives us a sense of contribution that is indescribable, too meaningful to put into words. Our efforts are fully compensated when we disburse funds to our beneficiaries and witness the progress of the projects the JWA sponsors and the impact it has on people’s lives.” said Ana Scherer and Shani Brownstein, the CoChairwomen of the JWA.

(Issue July/ August 2014)