Shuvu UK Gala Dinner

 Shuvu Dinner

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

British Friends of Shuvu hosted its first fundraising Gala Dinner at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square, on Sunday 18th January 2015.  Over 350 men and women from across the London community came together to celebrate the incredible achievements of Shuvu and to support Shuvu’s ambitious growth plans for the future.  The guests were joined by participants from Manchester, the United States, Denmark and Israel.

 

The event was an opportunity to discover more about Shuvu’s network of 69 kindergartens, elementary and high schools throughout Israel.  The guests learnt about how Shuvu currently offers over 6,000 students from all backgrounds an outstanding education, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to become independent, successful and productive members of Israeli society.  Shuvu’s students come primarily from underprivileged, immigrant families, primarily from the former Soviet Union but now also from France and the US.  Shuvu provides a secular education at the highest level combined with education in strong Jewish values.  Although Shuvu is an intrinsic part of the Israeli state school system and receives a significant proportion of its funding from the Government, Shuvu schools provide so much more in the form of afternoon schooling, hot lunches, busses to school and a support network to the family of each pupil.  The extra-curricular activities and Shuvu’s extensive outreach programs, Jewish studies staff and shabbatons require significant independent funding.  The Gala Dinner was held to raise funds to enable this vital work to continue and expand.

 

The theme for the evening, generously hosted by Philip & Suzy Goldberg together with Nechemya & Ruchi Sheinfeld, was ‘Turning Dreams into Reality’.

Guest Speaker, Rabbi Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine and Kiev

Guest Speaker, Rabbi Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine and Kiev

 

 

Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine, Vice President of the World Jewish Congress addressed the audience with a rousing speech and described the work he has undertaken in the Ukraine since arriving almost 30 years ago.  He described how in a country with over 1.5m Jews, when he arrived, barely a minyan could be put together.  In light of recent political events in the Region, Shuvu schools in Israel are essential to provide Jewish education for the those who are able to make aliya.

 

 

Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu, who has been a driving force behind British Friends of Shuvu and whose guidance and counsel have led Shuvu to great achievements, received the Shuvu Leadership Award.  By way of thanks, a wing at the Shuvu School in Nazareth Iliit is now dedicated in his honour.

 

Dinner Chairman, Aryeh Melinek presents the guest of honour Dayan Abraham with a certificate of sponsorship of a Shuvu Student

Dinner Chairman, Aryeh Melinek presents the guest of honour Dayan Abraham with a certificate of sponsorship of a Shuvu Student

Dayan Yonason Abraham, a great supporter of Shuvu, who led the UK Mission to Israel in February 2014 with such passion and greatly inspired all the participants, was the Guest of Honour.  Dayan Abraham delivered an impassioned plea urging the assembled guests to regard the children in the Shuvu schools as their own and to take responsibility for ensuring the schools can expand and thereby change the face of Israel.  Dayan Abrahams received a certificate of sponsorship of a high school student in recognition of his dedication to Shuvu.

 

11 year old Timoti Sannikov entertains Shuvu Dinner 2015

11 year old Timoti Sannikov entertains Shuvu Dinner 2015

 

Guests were entertained with Hebrew and Yiddish songs sung by Year 7 Shuvu Bat Yam Pupil, Timoti Sannikov, who’s family are originally from Moscow.  At just 11 years old, Timoti has already been a contestant on ‘The Voice’ in Russia and competed in musical shows and competitions all over Israel.

The Shuvu Leadership Award presented to Dayan Ehrentreu LEFT TO RIGHT David Blachman, Dayan Ehrentreu, Rabbi Chaim Mikael Guttermann, Aryeh Melinek, Dayan Abraham

The Shuvu Leadership Award presented to Dayan Ehrentreu LEFT TO RIGHT David Blachman, Dayan Ehrentreu, Rabbi Chaim Mikael Guttermann, Aryeh Melinek, Dayan Abraham

 

 

During the evening, British Friends of Shuvu Chairman, David Blachman said that he was astounded by the support shown to Shuvu and thanked the attendees for their generous contributions.

 

 

David Blachman Welcomes Guests Shuvu Dinner 2015

David Blachman Welcomes Guests Shuvu Dinner 2015

 

 

There is still more to be done though as Shuvu’s network of schools and welfare programmes are falling half a million pounds short of their annual budget.  Donations can be made through the website at www.shuvu.org or by contacting the Shuvu office info@shuvu.org.uk  17 Golders Court, Woodstock Road, London, NW11 8QG T) 020 8209 3010

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