British Emunah's 85th Anniversary Dinner took place recently in London and attracted a record of over 400 guests who heard lavish praise for the organisation and the vital role it plays in Israeli society from the country's Ambassador in the UK , Mark Regev.
Before proceedings commenced the guests stood for a minute's silence in memory of those tragically killed in Pittsburgh two days earlier.
Dinner Chair Michelle Plainer, in highlighting the Sarah Ronson Crisis and Intervention Centre in Sderot, one of British Emunah's 37 projects in Israel, spoke of the constantly urgent and growing need for Emunah's services in the Gaza Periphery, necessitating a move to a much larger site, for which funds would hopefully be raised during the event. She welcomed World Emunah Director Shlomo Kessel and World Emunah Vice - President Judy Cohen.
UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis spoke of British Jewry's pride in the essential work British Emunah has carried out over its many years of existence, supporting thousands of families and individuals.
Vadim Lvov (Lovv), 32, who grew up in The Sarah Herzog Children's Home in Afula following his mother's murder in Latvia by his father, made the central appeal of the evening accompanied by his wife, Tobi. He was featured in a film showing his return to visit the grave of his mother and reciting Kaddish there, with the support of Emunah and a senior staff member. He credited the organisation with giving him a home, an education and support as he grew up to study for a degree in Industrial Engineering. He was now in a position to "give back" to Israeli society.
Ten youngsters from Emunah Afula, who were on a unique visit to London and being hosted by British Emunah members, attended the dinner and sang Hatikvah with the Emunah choir.