Young Patrons Dinner welcomes Freddie Knoller11 Mar 2015
Jewish Care’s 7th Young Patrons Dinner, sponsored by Galliard Homes and Cain Hoy Enterprise UK, raised £150,000 to support the Hendon based Holocaust Survivors Centre.
The standing ovation for Holocaust Survivor Freddie Knoller began before he took to the stage, following the screening of a short clip from his recent One Show appearance. The 93 year old Auschwitz Survivor and member of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors Centre, (HSC) told the guests how the support from the centre changed his life;
“For 35 years, I never spoke a word about what had happened to me in the Holocaust. My children asked what they were supposed to say to my grandchildren. So I began to tell them. Once I began to speak about my memories, I wanted to be with other survivors and the only place where I felt completely safe was the Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon. That was 16 years ago and it changed my life!”
He continued; “As we grow older, the services offered by the HSC are invaluable to us and that is why I am here tonight to ask for your support. It means so much to all of us.”
Opening the evening, Young Jewish Care Chair and Chair of the Young Patrons Dinner, Jamie Landesberg urged everyone to get even more involved in giving both time and money to the charity;
“Just take a second to look around the room – We are the future of our community and we need to think about those, who for whatever reasons, can’t look after themselves and need our continued support. We must ensure, that we, the Next Generation, can follow the example of our Parents, Grandparents, even Great Grandparents, so that Jewish Care will be around for decades to come.
This year is the 25th Anniversary of Jewish Care and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who works so hard day to day to ensure that the services that Jewish Care provides are kept to high standards”.
Jewish Care Chair, Steven Lewis spoke passionately about his 25 year involvement in the organisation;
“Neither my career, my network nor my family’s values’ would be what they are if I had not had Jewish Care in my life”. He then announced the launch of a new project for young people considering lay leadership roles in the organisation; “we are just about to launch a fantastic new project which will provide a comprehensive, hands-on insight into Jewish Care. It’s for talented young people like you, who might be considering a lay-leadership role with us either now or sometime in the future”.
International string quartet BOND, who have racked up 56 platinum and 15 gold disks worldwide, drew the successful evening to a close with a lively classical performance with a modern twist. They commented;
“It is wonderful to be here tonight to support Jewish Care and this wonderful cause”.