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Holocaust Survivors’ Centre (HSC) Annual Dinner 2013

20th February 2013

Violinist Maxim Vengerov and pianist Itamar Golan help to raise £116,000 for Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre
Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre (HSC) held its annual recital and gala dinner at the Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge on 18th February. Nearly 300 guests, including HE the Ambassador of Israel, Daniel Taub and Alon Roth-Snir, the deputy Israeli Ambassador, attended, raising £116,000 for the Hendon-based centre. Guests enjoyed the outstanding musical talents of the internationally renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov and pianist Itamar Golan.
Speaking at the event, Daniel Taub said: “Tonight is about expressing our admiration and love for the survivors. We must ensure that their story will never be forgotten.”

The audience was deeply moved by a powerful appeal film which exhorted them to remember the survivors and their courageous determination to survive against the odds. Time and again throughout the film  the survivors described the Holocaust Survivors' Centre, as a place where “we all look out for each other, we feel at home, have somewhere to go to, somewhere we belong. We understood each other, we went through the same thing together and we survived.”

Stephen Spitz,chair of the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre committee said: “This year’s annual dinner and recital in aid of the HSC encompassed everything that charity, helping others and Judaism, is about.  Attendance has increaseby 400% since the event began five years ago. For the first time we had a table of teenagers and two tables of survivors. This is what it’s all about!

We had the honour of Maxim Vengerov playing, HE Ambassador Taub speaking and so many friends and supporters which resulted in us raising a record amount of money. The centre will always be safe with supporters like these. The committee has received many compliments and emails following the dinner which makes it all worthwhile.The survivors are examples to the next generation and they are the ones who will carry on the message so no one can ever forget.”