Young Jewish Care Patrons empowering the next generation

27 Mar 2019

Last night, 350 guests filled the room at The Dorchester raising over £170,000 at Jewish Care's Young Patrons Dinner to support the organisation's work.

After a welcome from Lauren Shahmoon, Young Jewish Care Dinner Chair, guests heard from Susan Pollack MBE, 88. She was born in Hungary and survived Auschwitz-Birkenau, before being liberated from Bergen Belsen. Speaking about the importance of Jewish Care's Holocaust Survivors' Centre to her, she said, "It was very isolating being a survivor so I am so pleased that the Centre is there for us, we value each other's presence. We don't just look back, though the past is always with us, we look forward too and share our hopes for the future of our grandchildren.  It's so empowering to see so many good-minded and generous young people here tonight, committed to support our community and the vital services Jewish Care provides."  

Dinner Committee member Dan Lehmann introduced Susan and made an appeal to guests to give generously and to get involved with some of Young Jewish Care initiatives and Tate Edwards thanked guests. Many of those attending the dinner were graduates of Jewish Care's Lay Leadership Programme or volunteers at Young Jewish Care's Six Sunday initiative, as well as those who attend Jewish Care networking events or are part of one of the fundraising committees.

After the Dinner, Lauren Shahmoon, Young Jewish Care Chair, said, "It's fantastic to see so many people here tonight supporting Jewish Care, including our ambassadors and loyal supporters and those of you here tonight to learn more.

"Hearing Susan tell her story and share the importance of Jewish Care's Holocaust Survivors Centre was moving and inspiring for all our guests.  I'd like to thank Susan and the Young Patrons Dinner committee for all their hard work, making the evening such a success and our guests for their generosity in raising vital funds to support Jewish Care for those who need it both now and in the future.”

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