Emu­nah: ter­ror at­tacks are trau­ma­tis­ing our chil­dren

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

AN AP­PEAL was made for ad­di­tional funds for se­cu­rity and trauma coun­selling at the Emu­nah gala din­ner dur­ing a week where two of their chil­dren’s homes in Is­rael were on lock­down fol­low­ing nearby ter­ror at­tacks.

More than £250,000 was raised for the char­ity, which cares for vul­ner­a­ble and at-risk chil­dren in Is­rael, at the Bri­tish Emu­nah din­ner at the Round­house in north­west Lon­don.

At­tend­ing the event was Shlomo Theresa May and Yair Lapid Kes­sel, head of the chil­dren’s home in Afula, one of the homes that was on lock­down. He said: “The most dif­fi­cult part is the re­ac­tion of the chil­dren. They are trau­ma­tised. It means coun­sel­lors need to work longer hours, some need to be there overnight.” Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May ad­dressed the 450 guests and praised Emu­nah, de­scrib­ing it as “an amaz­ing char­ity”. She drew par­al­lels b e t w e e n t h e

char­ity’s be­gin­nings in 1933, when a group of women helped Jewish chil­dren who had es­caped the Nazis, and the cur­rent refugee cri­sis.

Mrs May called the re­cent spate of ter­ror at­tacks on Is­rael’s streets “shock­ing and sick­en­ing”. Later she told the JC: “No­body wants to see a sit­u­a­tion where small chil­dren are in lock­down.”

Mem­ber of the Knes­set Yair Lapid asked the guests to counter the mis­lead­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Is­rael in Bri­tish me­dia. The Yesh Atid party chairperson was be­ing in­ter­viewed on­stage by Emer­i­tus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

Mak­ing the ap­peal, Sky TV’s Sa­man­tha Sim­monds in­tro­duced Emu­nah’s cam­paign film Ev­ery Child Counts, and en­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided by the Emu­nah Su­per Group singers and elec­tric string quar­tet Es­cala.


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