NIF en­joys record-break­ing meal

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE NEW Is­rael Fund’s an­nual hu­man rights din­ner in Lon­don was record-break­ing in all senses with a turnout of 500 and pro­ceeds of £500,000, the lat­ter a rise of 33 per cent on the 2016 event.

Jour­nal­ist Jonathan Freed­land hosted the din­ner, where awards were pre­sented to two or­gan­i­sa­tions pro­mot­ing democ­racy and equal­ity in Is­rael.

Yesh Din was hon­oured for its work within the Is­raeli le­gal sys­tem to de­fend hu­man rights in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries. Mo­rasht­enu was recog­nised for pro­mot­ing pro­gres­sive val­ues within the Rus­sian-speak­ing com­mu­nity in Is­rael.

Ac­cept­ing the award on be­half of Yesh Din, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lior Ami­hai said: “I want my son to grow up in a coun­try he can love as much as I do, one that re­spects hu­man rights.”

Is­raeli mu­sic star David Broza, a New Is­rael Fund sup­porter for more than two decades, per­formed some of his big­gest hits.

“Our din­ner was a cel­e­bra­tion of Is­raeli democ­racy and those who de­fend th­ese val­ues,” NIF chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Og­nall re­ported af­ter­wards. “In the week we cel­e­brated the Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion, we were filled by op­ti­mism that so many joined us to sup­port those work­ing to ful­fil the full prom­ise of Lord Bal­four’s let­ter and of Is­rael’s dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence.”

He was heart­ened by the sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of young sup­port­ers who at­tended.

PHOTO: BLAKE EZRA

Young sup­port­ers at the din­ner

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