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
Michael Sobell Sinai School
Matilda Marks Kennedy School
Independent Jewish Day School
Hasmonean Boys School
Hasmonean Girls School
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 @JW3London to mark #YomHazikaron, #Israel’s remembrance day for fallen soldiers & victims of terrorism. Many thanks @JewishAgencyUK 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.
Young adults visits London for rehabilitative trip from Israel
On Tuesday, 28th November, 16 young adults, all affected by a terrorist atrocity in Israel, including one who suffered the loss of his father, sister and brother, just this past summer, came together for a very special rehabilitative week in London .
Hosted by families in the Mill Hill & Totteridge area, they will visit all the familiar sites in London with a visit to the Lyceum to see the Lion King too.
Staying with host families makes the experience even greater as they forge friends for life with their hosts . Often, these victims of terror do not know that there are people outside of Israel that care for their wellbeing and this is of great comfort to them.
Each member of the group came to London as strong individuals who have been exposed to terror, yet have chosen to stay positive and choose life despite the bereavement they suffered. This trip enabled the group to get to know each other, as many didn’t know each other well and to be strengthened by the power of being together with people who understand the difficult feelings they have had to cope with following the bereavement of their sibling. The trip literally changes their lives!
Below are images from their amazing week in London.
Wednesday brought more sights of London for our visitors from Israel :
Thursday night our group were hosted for an evening where they spoke about their personal experiences. Everyone in the room was drawn to tears at the bravery of this wonderful group of people. They spoke eloquently about the family they had lost to such awful acts of terrorism.
One of the stories told is below:
My name is Shmuel. I am married and we have a young child. We live in Hadassim youth village in Even Yehuda and are secular but grew up in a religious home.
A few months ago, my family were celebrating a new baby. My wife had given birth to a baby boy! We were all so happy to welcome him to the family and my parents made a celebration at their home in Halamish. It was warm summer’s evening and we were expecting lots of guests to pop by but the happy scene soon turned to devastation when a terrorist infiltrated their home and brutally stabbed them to death. That terrible Friday night, I lost my father Yosef Salomon, 70, my sister Chaya Salomon, 46, and my brother Elad Salomon, 36. My mother Tova, 68, was seriously wounded. We are all trying to be strong and build our lives for the sake of all the children and each other but the pain is immense.
We named our son “Ari Yosef.” We invited all of Israel to participate in our joy “so that the Salomon family will be remembered as happy and joyous and not sad and hurt.”
What our hosts said about the week:
Missing my sons already …. x
Thanks for including us in a very special and rewarding week
Thank you. A really wonderful opportunity to host such a great bunch of people. A great charity. Xx
Can’t thank you enough for asking us to be part of this incredible few days it was such a privilege. Please count us in for any others.
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Earlier this year 16 amazing ladies were brought to the UK by One Family and hosted with families in London for a respite week .
One Family brought a group of bereaved mothers and widows to London for a respite trip. All of the ladies had lost either a son, daughter or husband in a terror attack in israel, one had been lost in the Bulgaria Bus Bomb recently. Their stories are sad and harrowing, yet they manage to carry on and deal with their daily lives. The group were brought over to London for a respite trip to give them a break, change of scenery and to see that people everywhere support them emotionally and as well as in other ways.
During their stay they were treated to a spa day at the home of a donor, where therapists gave their time for free to treat the ladies to manicures, pedicures, massages, facial and hair and make up to ready them, for their week ahead. The ladies begun their week with a renewed energy and looking glamorous too!
Messages from some of our lovely , generous therapists who helped on the day:
a) The ladies who I met were a true inspiration. It is so wonderful that One Family can bring them to London – so they can have a break from ‘real life’.
b) Thank you was amazing to hear the story’s of such sad situations and was very happy to take part xx
c) It was amazing and satisfying to be part of this lovely giving event! – Thank you very much
This was followed by dinner and a trip to theatre to see Mamma Mia.
The following day begun at another donors home with breakfast and art therapy to be followed by a shopping trip. They left their shopping trip with bags full of goodies for their families back in Israel. Friday evening shabbat began at Hampstead Garden Suburb synagogue with a communal Friday night dinner, where the ladies ,their host families and other guests enjoyed an evening together hearing about the women, their stories and their families. They were truly inspirational as you will see from the messages from the host families.
The ladies spoke eloquently and emotionally about their lost loved ones.
On Shabbat they enjoyed a fabulous kiddish at the synagogue ,which was followed by an evening at Mixology in East London learning how to make cocktails and clearly enjoying the experience.
Sunday began with a tour of London where they went on the London Eye, followed by a tour of Kensington Palace and the Princess Diana dress collection, as well as Buckingham Palace and other sights of London, and they were NOT defeated by the extremes of weather we endured that day from rain, to sun and wind!
The week culminated in a fabulous farewell party at the home of another donor where everyone learnt more about the ladies and their families and the people they had lost.
The group all had an amazing time and sent this message before they left on Monday morning:
Dear committee & all the dearest families hosting us in our wonderful visit to London,
No words to express our thanks and appreciations for the great hospitality, care, attention and endless pampering in this special and unforgettable week!
It has been an incredible experience for all of us, and we return to Israel with renewed strength.
We love you all!
Nava and all the participants of March 2017 One Family Visit to London.
The hosts who were all first timers sent the following messages this morning after their guests left much rested after their respite trip, for their return to Israel.
Messages from our host families:
a) I was a first timer with One Family and as someone said last night I feel I have really experienced something very special over the last few days. Incredible group of ladies, we can only admire the sacrifices they have made for Israel. Amazing organisation throughout. I will miss Chava. Thank you. Louise x
b) I feel exactly the same Louise as it was our first time too. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to host and to meet Rina and all the wonderful brave ladies. Last night was just amazing and we feel grateful to have been a part of it.
c) It was an exceptionally special few days in my life. All the ladies were so inspirational and I just feel I have learnt so much from them all. Sigal, the lady I hosted, kept telling me how much we have all given to them, but the truth is that they have actually given us hosts so much more!! What a wonderful group of ladies. Thrilled to have been a part of this. Xxx
d) We feel exactly the same this was a group of very brave and inspirational woman. We also felt we have learnt so much from them. It has been a very special few days and among the tears it was so good to see the smiles too. So glad to have taken part in this programme, we hope that they have some wonderful memories of their trip xxx
e) I feel truly blessed to have been a part of this unbelievable few days. These ladies were a real inspiration and I also felt that I got so much from them all. If we helped them in any way I feel truly grateful. Lovely to meet the hosts and one family organisation in London – Thank you all xx
f) What an incredible and special few days it has been. Having Naama and Esther in our home was an honour.. I never released until now what One Family did, they actually put themselves into these bereaved families’ lives until they can breathe again. Amazing. – I will miss all these wonderful ladies so much….
g) It was a real privilege to be involved and host but I must say I am blown away by Debbie and all you other generous wonderful ladies involved in One Family that give your time and open your homes to organise this wonderful charity and bring these ladies out… you are all just as inspirational
h) It was a truly special experience as always. The life stories resonate and haunt me from one group to the next and each group is so special and so humbling to meet. The recurring theme is how One Family never gives up and will always be there to hold the hand of bereaved families so they can rebuild a new life together. It is an honour and privilege to be able to help in a very small way. Thank you for all your hard work in bringing the groups to London. Xx
i) I can only reiterate what everyone else has already so eloquently written. Truly memorable. Xx
We would like to thank our hosts and our fabulous ladies who have given so much for us all!
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