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The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY ROBYNROSEN

ON THE day he be­came Baron Sacks of Aldgate, the Chief Rabbi helped Ma­gen David Adom UK with its own cel­e­bra­tion — a 60th an­niver­sary din­ner which raised £1.4 mil­lion for the med­i­cal emer­gency char­ity.

Ad­dress­ing over 300 guests at the Mil­len­nium Ho­tel in May­fair, the Chief Rabbi said: “For 60 years, dur­ing war and peace, the An­glo-Jewish com­mu­nity has sup­ported MDA and it is mag­nif­i­cent. When we’re in Is­rael and we see an am­bu­lance and look at the Bri­tish names along it, it makes us feel so proud.

“MDA rep­re­sents what Is­rael is about and we should be proud of ev­ery­thing Is­rael does to save and cher­ish life and what MDA does to save and cher­ish a life. There is no finer cause.”

He made spe­cial men­tion of Ly­dia Cal­len­der, 85, a grand­mother of seven, who helped set up the UK MDA or­gan­i­sa­tion in 1948.

In 1950, she went to Is­rael as the first rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the char­ity, vis­it­ing ca­su­alty sta­tions up and down the coun­try. On her re­turn she set up the func­tions com­mit­tee, the first with the sole pur­pose of rais­ing money for spe­cial MDA projects.

Mrs Cal­len­der, who gew up in the same road as Lady Elaine Sacks in Bron­des­bury Park, was not at the din­ner.

She has just re­turned from vis­it­ing a sta­tion in Kiryat Sh­mona which she set up more than 30 years ago and has now ded­i­cated a room to her.

“This is the first din­ner I’ve missed,” she said. “But I’m ex­tremely hon­oured that he would men­tion me.”

Award-winning pi­anist and singer Michael Fe­in­stein pro­vided the en­ter­tain­ment, per­form­ing clas­sics by Jewish song­writ­ers.

Michael Fe­in­stein with Stu­art Glyn and Ni­cholas Springer

Emma Green­field, Hay­ley Warner, Rachel Michaels and De­bra Frais get into the spirit of a pre-Hal­loween Fright Night or­gan­ised by the Leeds Jewish Ini­tia­tive, a group for 18-35-year-olds, and at­tended by over 140 rev­ellers

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