Matthew Gould

Ambassador Gould's Royal Wedding party plans

By Jennifer Lipman, April 28, 2011

The British ambassador to Israel will be celebrating the Royal Wedding with more than 750 guests in Tel Aviv tomorrow.

Matthew Gould will be joined by Israel's top actors, footballers and business leaders, as well as politicians including Defence Minister Ehud Barak.

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Mazel Tov: UK ambassador Matthew Gould's daughter born in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

Britain's first Jewish ambassador to Israel is now the proud father of a baby girl born in Tel Aviv.

Rachel Elizabeth Gould was born earlier today. Her father Matthew and his wife Celia arrived in Israel in September, replacing Sir Tom Phillips in the post.

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Purim with the British ambassador to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

Ambassador Matthew Gould marked his first Purim in the job by hosting a party marking less than 500 days until the start of the 2012 London Olympics.

Mr Gould came dressed as Israeli footballer Yossi Benayoun in honour of the theme, while his pregant wife Celia opted for an Olympic gold medal costume.

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Honourary MBE for Israel Youth Awards director

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

A woman who runs the Israeli equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh awards for Israeli youth of all religions has been given an honorary MBE.

British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould announced Aviva Ben Raphael’s award at an annual ceremony marking the achievements of 200 young Israelis on the Israel Youth Awards scheme.

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Matthew Gould tours Israel's Olympic headquarters

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

With 500 days until the games kick off in London, Ambassador Matthew Gould met the people hoping to bring israel some gold medal glory.

Mr Gould met International Olympic Committee member Alex Gilady, secretary general of the Olympic committee of Israel Efraim Zinger and Zvika Vershaviak, president of Israel's Olympic committee.

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Matthew Gould: 'enormous potential' for UK-Israel cooperation

By Jennifer Lipman, February 3, 2011

Matthew Gould has called for increased cooperation between Israeli and British scientists.

The British ambassador to Israel, speaking to Israeli newspaper Ynet soon after the inaugural meeting of the UK-Israel Life Sciences Council, said: "There is enormous potential for the UK to use Israel's innovation.”

Mr Gould, the first Jewish diplomat to hold his position, added: “Israel can provide the UK with a reservoir of relatively low-cost and high quality innovation which the UK could easily tap into.”

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On this day: Matthew Gould appointed British ambassador to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, December 8, 2010

“As someone from a Jewish background...it's even more of a fantastic opportunity,” he said, as he began his new job.

Although Herbert Samuel, who served as was the first high commissioner to the British Mandate of Palestine, was also Jewish, Matthew Gould is the first Jew to represent Britain in Israel since the state was founded.

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Trinny and Susannah in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2010

Photos from the party for Trinny and Susannah hosted by British ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould

photos: Mati Milstein

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Trinny and Susannah: what Britain's Israeli ambassador should wear

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2010

British fashion gurus Trinny and Susannah have shared some style tips with the British Ambassador to Israel at a party at his Ramat Gan home.

Matthew Gould and wife Celia hosted the celebrity-filled party in honour of the pair, who are filming a makeover series in Israel for Channel 10. Other guests at the party, dubbed the ambassador’s "best dressed event yet", included model Galit Guttman, designer Galit Levy and former international footballer Itzik Zohar.

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Britain's ambassador to Israel puts up mezuzah

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2010

A mezuzah has been fixed on to the door of the British ambassador’s residence in Israel for the first time in history.

Matthew Gould, Britain’s first Jewish ambassador to Israel, was joined by Israel’s Chief Rabbi Meir Lau and Rabbi Isaac Shapira for the short ceremony at the home in the Ramat Gan suburb of Tel Aviv.

Mr Gould and his wife Celia bought the mezuzot cases in Jerusalem and placed inside scrolls hand-written by Rabbi Lau.

Mr Gould said: “There are a number of things give me a great deal of pride. One of them is being Jewish and being here.

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