This years Jewish Women’s Association (JWA) Annual Ball took place on 10 March and was a huge success, well attended by over 200 guests. The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong was transformed into a masquerade carnival with people receiving masks as they came in and being serenaded by Italian music and Italian inspired drinks.
The atmosphere was festive and joyful. The silent auction was filled with magnificent prizes and many surprises were unveiled as the night went on.
The evening started with an operatic performance from Cantor Chazan, Diego Edelberg, from the United Jewish Congregation. JWA Chairwoman Ana Scherer welcomed all to the event and invited Consul General Amikam Levy and his wife to toast the State of Israel. There was a video presentation of all the organisations the JWA serves. The evening continued with a lavish dinner and surprising entertainment from Three Waiters, a troupe of opera singers from Australia.
“Our intention was to deliver an event that made every guest smile and enjoy themselves,” noted Scherer.
“However, our primary objective was to raise funds and to have a great time in the process. We wanted to share an awareness of the importance of giving. Charity is not just meant to improve the world and those around us. Charity mostly serves to improve ourselves.” added Scherer,
The JWA began its history by serving refugees arriving in Hong Kong in 1947. The organisation has grown continuously and today it supports charities that focus on women and children in Israel and Hong Kong. The JWA is a non-affiliated and inclusive organisation.
The JWA is another testimony of the Jewish community’s strong ties to Hong Kong. Today the JWA’s partnership with the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation is a solid example of this continued tradition. The JWA serves seven organisations in Israel and Hong Kong.
The Hayim association through the Schineider hospital provides cancer treatment to all children and funds life saving equipment.
The Israeli society for autistic children (ALUT). The JWA rebuilt their bomb shelter that saved lives during the latest rocket attacks in Beersheva in 2012.
The One in Nine Organization provides breast cancer patients and their families with support.
The Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. The JWA finances an important programme that provides education and prevention of breast cancer to 4,100 women in lower income areas of Hong Kong.
The Tlalim association renders free learning support to school children that are unable to attend school due to illness or accident. The JWA funds their state of the art online educational programme.
The Israel Family Planning Association provides counseling centers for youth, focusing specially on girls at risk. The JWA provided funds for one of their “Open Door Centers” in the town of Beersheva.
The Family Center for Peace in Netanya is a safe haven for women suffering from domestic violence. The JWA financed the construction of a much needed club house that will be used for classes, support groups and social activities.
This summer, the JWA chairwoman along with members of the board, will travel to Israel to visit the organisations and to see the results of the projects the JWA sponsors.
The evenings event raised close to HK$ 2.5 million.
(Issue April 2013)