Gail Seal leads the charge to com­mem­o­rate Jewish sol­diers

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

THE FOR­MER long­stand­ing pres­i­dent of JNF is back do­ing her bit for Is­rael again.

Gail Seal, 60, who last June stepped down as pres­i­dent of the Jewish Na­tional Fund, the UK’s lead­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian Is­rael char­ity, af­ter 14 years at the helm, has spent the past few months de­cid­ing where best to in­vest her time. She has set­tled on a trio of new projects.

The big­gie, she tells Peo­ple, is help­ing to es­tab­lish a mu­seum that will com­mem­o­rate ev­ery Jewish sol­dier who fought against the Nazis in the Sec­ond World War.

“There are some 60,000 Bri­tish Jewish sol­diers that peo­ple don’t know about. We are go­ing to be looking for all of them so that they can be re­mem­bered,” says Mrs Seal, who will be spear­head­ing the UK cam­paign.

The mu­seum will be built in La­trun, Jerusalem, at the Yad LaShiryon memo­rial site. Fund­ing from the Is­rael gov­ern­ment has al­ready been se­cured. “I am re­ally ex­cited about this. It is some­thing that’s long been needed.”

She has also be­come a trus­tee of the Tel Aviv Foun­da­tion, an in­de­pen­dent foun­da­tion which pro­motes so­cial change in Tel Aviv. It cel­e­brates its 100th an­niver­sary this year.

Thirdly, she is help­ing to es­tab­lish the Friends of Aleh, a fundrais­ing arm of Aleh, Is­rael’s largest net­work of res­i­den­tial fa­cil­i­ties for chil­dren with se­vere dis­abil­i­ties. The group’s first fundraiser took place last week at the res­i­dence of Ron Prosor, Lon­don’s Is­raeli Am­bas­sador.

She says: “I was al­ways go­ing to do some­thing Is­rael-based, just be­cause of the great love I have for Is­rael.”

A mem­ber of Nor­rice Lea Syn­a­gogue, North Lon­don, Mrs Seal is also vice pres­i­dent of the Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion and a Bi­com board mem­ber. She has three sons and four grand­chil­dren.

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