Mu­sic night aids Ti­bet

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY NEIL WOLF­SON

THE TI­BETAN Jewish Youth Ex­change held a char­ity fundraiser in Swiss Cot­tage last week. Eighty sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing a hand­ful of Ti­betans, en­joyed an evening of world mu­sic in aid of Longsho, which TJYE trustee Michael Ber­gen de­scribed as “the Ti­betan FZY”.

TJYE was set up to “en­hance the cul­tural iden­tity of both Jewish and Ti­betan youth through in­for­mal ed­u­ca­tion — and to forge links be­tween the Jewish and Ti­betan di­as­pora com­mu­ni­ties”.

The in­volve­ment of Mr Ber­gen, a for­mer FZY leader, dates back to a hol­i­day in 2006. Af­ter spend­ing three weeks in Ti­bet, he trav­elled to Dharam­sala in North­ern In­dia — home in ex­ile to the Dalai Lama — “when I stum­bled upon the of­fices of the youth ex­change”.

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