Building a Liberal future
While participation in Israel gap year schemes has generally dropped among Jewish youth, Liberal Judaism has enjoyed an increase of late, with ten of its members due to go on a sixthmonth pre-university programme over the next year.
One of them will be Mia Bogod, 17, from Ealing Liberal Synagogue, who told guests how formative her youth movement experiences had been, “teaching me about the world and how to make it a better place.” “Nine years ago,” she said, “I went to my first LJY event as a shy, introverted, young girl. I cried nearly every night but I was introduced to this most magical movement.” Now she was about to embark on leadership training and looked forward “to engage and inspire the next generation”.
Magen David Adom UK welcomed over 400 guests to The Dorchester on Monday, helping the organisation raise a record-breaking £2.6m for its annual dinner campaign.
Guest speakers included young MDA volunteer Sam Joseph, who shared his personal MDA story, Ambassador of Israel to the UK, Mark Regev and compere, TV Judge Robert Rinder.
Aa feed brought MDA’s dispatch centre in Tel Aviv live to Park Lane. Showcasing the remarkable command and control technology, a set of screens were connected to a live feed, allowing donors to see the ambulances they had donated in real time, on shifts across Israel.