Victims of terror come to UK to speak over Yom Ha’atzmaut

One Family were privileged to bring over to London for Israel Remembrance Day and Israel Independence Day six young adults, all of whom served recently in the IDF and who unfortunately have become victims of terror.

During their visit they attended various communal events both remembering the fallen and then celebrating 70 years Of Israeli Statehood. They were also invited to a number of schools & societies to tell their stories and to join in with the various ceremonies taking place. A special thank you to  the following schools, societies and organisations for their hospitality:

UJS event at JW3

Redbridge Community Centre

Haberdashers Askes Boys School

Yavneh College

Michael Sobell Sinai School

JFS

Naima JPS

Immanuel College

Matilda Marks Kennedy School

Independent Jewish Day School

Hasmonean Boys School

Hasmonean Girls School

Leeds JSoc

The London Adani Community

Yom Hazikaron Ceremony at Finchley United Synagogue

 

 

 

To view the full gallery of pictures from the Israel 70 Party please CLICK HERE

 

We received the following messages from some of the schools:

School A – I just wanted to drop you an email to thank you so much for arranging soldiers m to come into school yesterday. I heard that the children really enjoyed listening to them.

School B – Just wanted to say a huge thank you to the soldiers for a wonderful event where they spoke superbly. Please pass them my thanks.

School C – Thank you so much for being our guest in Yom Hazikaron Assembly today. The soldiers were inspirational and their speeches left a high emotional impact on every member of the audience . Your participation in the assembly ensured it’s success and we are ever so grateful to you.  Please pass on our gratitude and warmest wishes to both. 

The week ended with a huge Israel 70 party where our guests ate, drank and danced the night away. The perfect ending to a very busy week.

 

Message from Ambassador Mark Regev – Moving ceremony at  to mark ’s remembrance day for fallen soldiers & victims of terrorism. Many thanks  for organising. After their work was done they visited the sights of London as well as having a few leisure activities in London. We want to thank this special group for sharing their experiences with so many people here in the UK.

 

If you are interested in sponsoring groups to London please contact andrew@onefamilyuk.org

Bereaved Mothers Group January 2016

Bereaved Mothers Group January 2016

One Family brought over a group bereaved mothers from Israel to London for a respite week at the end of January. The ladies were all hosted with families in the Hampstead Garden Suburb community in North West London.

one family one family one family one family one family bereaved

The group, of 22 bereaved mothers and grandmothers aged between 40 and 70, visited landmarks including Parliament, Madame Tussauds, the V & A and the London Eye as well as a visit to the theatre during the week

One of the ladies in the group, Bracha Kupinsky, 66, who lost her son in the Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem in November 2014, said that the visit had been a “moving experience” adding that “Everyone has been really concerned about each other and offered support.”

Her son Aryeh,  a father-of-six, was one of five murdered while praying at the shul. Bracha said “Aryeh fought back and, in the process, about 12 people were saved. He restrained one of the terrorists behind him and fought the other one off.”

She added: “Every loss is a deep loss. Aryeh is very much missed in the community and by his family. This trip to the UK has been a wonderful time out for me.”

She added: “All the people on the trip suffer with pain. I cope because I can move on. But I can’t forget it. It’s a part of my life.”Molly Palmer, 72 who lost her son Asher and grandson Yonatan in a rock-throwing attack near Hebron, said: “My son’s wife was left without her husband and without her baby – and she was five-months pregnant at the time. She was in shock for months. One Family has been so helpful for her.”

The group were also hosted at a welcome evening, a Patrons evening hosted in Stanmore, a communal shabbat lunch at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue and a leaving party that evening.

They were waived off on Sunday for their return to their families in Israel by the hosting committee and families, returning to Israel with newly made friends and the knowledge that One family are here to support them always.

Please share if you’ve found this interesting

Please go to www.onefamilyuk.org/donate to help towards the next group or contact andrew@onefamilyuk.org

Please follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook