Royal date for Youth Aliyah

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

PRINCE ED­WARD will be the guest of hon­our at a St James’s Palace din­ner cel­e­brat­ing the 75th an­niver­sary of Youth Aliyah Child Res­cue next month.

The char­ity is co-host­ing the Novem­ber 5 event with the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion to co­in­cide with the launch of the award scheme in five Is­raeli youth vil­lages. The prince is chair­man of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s in­ter­na­tional coun­cil.

Around 2,000 young peo­ple aged from 14 to 25 will have the op­por­tu­nity to be­come in­volved in the scheme, which will be known as the Is­rael Youth Award. They will be set in­di­vid­ual chal­lenges en­cour­ag­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, skills de­vel­op­ment and in­ter­ac­tion with team­mates.

Youth Aliyah Child Res­cue and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award have a his­tor­i­cal link through the Hahn fam­ily.

Lola War­burg-Hahn played a key role in the res­cue of Jewish chil­dren from Nazi Ger­many dur­ing the 1930s and was a vice-pres­i­dent of the Youth Aliyah move­ment. Her brother-in-law Kurt Hahn founded Gor­don­stoun — the Scot­tish school at­tended by the Queen’s sons — and later helped set up the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award scheme.

Din­ner chair­man Melvin Robin­son said: “What is fas­ci­nat­ing is that we are two or­gan­i­sa­tions op­er­at­ing in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, com­ing to­gether on a joint project and looking back on a com­mon his­tor­i­cal link.”

Added the char­ity’s co-chair, Adri­enne Suss­man: “We are proud to cel­e­brate to­gether. We be­lieve in the same prin­ci­ple — that young peo­ple, in­clud­ing those dis­ad­van­taged by cir­cum­stance, should be given the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop into re­spon­si­ble adults who show com­pas­sion to oth­ers.”

A ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment of the roof of the Be­vis Marks Syn­a­gogue in the City of Lon­don has been com­pleted, us­ing Welsh slate tiles from a Pen­rhyn quarry to pre­serve the char­ac­ter of the his­toric build­ing

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