Topol and Oberman lead a starry cast on primary school's charity disc


Chaim Topol, Tracey-Ann Oberman and Nick Ferrari are among the personalities retelling Jewish folk tales and Bible stories on a charity CD to raise money for North West London Jewish Day School and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The CD was the brainchild of school parent Natalie Lisbona, a TV producer, and among other parents involved were Adi Topol Margalith (Chaim Topol's daughter). Israeli artist Menashe Kadishman allowed his painting, Sheephead, to be used as the cover image.

Another inspiration was children's author Anthony Lishak, who visited the school for World Book Day two years ago.

It was Mr Lishak who was asked to give the Bible stories a makeover for the project.

Chaim Topol read a humorous take on the story of the 10 plagues. His NWLJDS pupil granddaughter, Darya, also performed on the CD.

He said he regularly shared stories with his nine grandchildren and had enjoyed his involvement in the CD. "It was quite a fun story and I still like listening to it."

The school chooses a charitable project annually and selecting Great Ormond Street was significant to NWLJDS head Rabbi Daniel Kerbel because a pupil at his former school, the Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary in Manchester, underwent a heart transplant and was cared for by the hospital.

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