Israeli soldiers will be receiving thousands of handwritten postcards containing thanks and support from British school children and Jewry over the next few weeks.
A postcard campaign organised by Technion UK called “Message a Hero” will offer pupils in all UK Jewish schools and the wider Jewish community the opportunity to write personal messages of hope, praise, and thanks to soldiers currently serving in the IDF.
The postcards, which have already been submitted by British students in their thousands, are being sent to Technion’s offices in London before being transported and distributed throughout Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Technion, Israel’s foremost technical university, located in Haifa, currently has upwards of 3,000 students, faculty, and staff actively deployed in the IDF since the outbreak of the war against Hamas.
Actress Dame Maureen Lipman DBE said she was “very happy” to support the Technion campaign and plans to send her own postcard.
Alan Aziz, Technion UK CEO, created the postcard campaign after “overwhelming collective demand” from the Jewish community, who are otherwise feeling “relatively powerless” about how to help Israel. He also wanted to provide “a little morale” to soldiers on the frontline over the next few weeks.
Aziz said: “From the moment we contacted the various schools, we had an incredibly enthusiastic response, with thousands of children filling out the postcards, and we thank everyone who has been involved.”
Aziz added that the Technion community are “leaning on the University and one another as never before, and the Technion is responding with a spirit of service, care and hope.”
In the coming weeks, JC readers will be invited to take part in writing their own postcard to soldiers using a provided template and a P.O. box.
To take part in the “Message a hero” campaign, go to: https://technionuk.org/postcard
The P.O. Box is:
PO Box 2652