Wizo dines out on its cen­tury

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WIZO UK cel­e­brated it cen­te­nary with a first-hand re­minder of its wel­fare work in Is­rael.

Host­ing its din­ner at Lon­don’s Guild­hall was Eden Harel, who went from the charity’s Hadis­sim board­ing school to a job as an MTV video jockey, lat­terly be­com­ing a star Is­raeli TV pre­sen­ter.

She told the au­di­ence of more than 500, in­clud­ing de­scen­dants of Wizo founder Rebecca Si­eff, that her Wizo ground­ing had in­stilled in her the con­fi­dence to suc­ceed. “The peo­ple who took care of us had so much love. My suc­cess is your suc­cess. You are part of my fam­ily.”

An­other over­seas guest was World Wizo pres­i­dent Es­ther Mor, who said that “Is­rael with­out Wizo is like Adam with­out Eve”, go­ing on to praise UK sup­port­ers for their pas­sion and com­mit­ment.

Writ­ing in the cen­te­nary brochure, Wizo UK chair Ronit Ribak-Madari looked for­ward to build­ing on “the in­cred­i­ble achieve­ments of our first 100 years”, by main­tain­ing the charity’s abil­ity to meet “the in­creased so­cial wel­fare needs of an ever evolv­ing coun­try”. This would be achieved through the ef­forts of ex­ist­ing mem­bers and the fresh in­put of new sup­port­ers.

As din­ner chair Sarah Glyn pointed out, Wizo meets the wel­fare needs of Is­raelis at ev­ery stage of life. How­ever, its cen­te­nary ben­e­fi­ciary is a project for trou­bled teens — the Wizo Vo­ca­tional High School in Jerusalem (School of Dreams).

Din­ner pro­ceeds of £1 mil­lion-plus will go to­wards the £1.8 mil­lion com­mit­ment.

Mimi Lyons

PHOTO: BLAKE EZRA

Eden Harel ad­dress­ing Wizo UK’s cen­te­nary din­ner at Guild­hall

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