Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

UK envoy launches survivors' appeal

Ambassador Gould wants to help Holocaust survivors in Israel and the UK

    Matthew and Celia Gould, affected by Auschwitz
    Matthew and Celia Gould, affected by Auschwitz

    The British ambassador to Israel has embarked on a "deeply personal" campaign to raise £2 million from British Jews to help Holocaust survivors. Ambassador Matthew Gould launched the appeal to mark Yom HaShoah, alongside the outgoing Israeli ambassador to the UK Ron Prosor.

    Ten per cent of the money raised will go to Jewish Care to help British Holocaust survivors, with the rest going to set up eight new centres for Holocaust survivors living in Israel, providing social activities and transport for nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors. Eight existing clubs will be renovated with extra capacity added. Mr Gould said: "It's something very close to me. I knew even before I went to Israel that I wanted to do something to help Holocaust survivors. My grandfather lost many members of his family in the
    Holocaust.

    "Before we went to Israel, my wife Celia, and I thought it was important to go to Auschwitz, and we were really affected by it. Shortly after we arrived here, we read that many Holocaust survivors in Israel were not getting the care they need and I found it very upsetting. We want every community, every synagogue to help us reach the target of £2 million."

    He added: "The Israeli government, the Claims Conference and the German government rightly provide much of the money for medical needs and social care. But one of the biggest hardships faced is loneliness and that's where we can help. Many survivors just do not have friends or family or anywhere to go for company with people who understand."

    The centres will be run by the state and the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Survivors. Already £1m has been raised in donations to the appeal, which is being co-ordinated by the UJIA.

    A survivor in an Israeli club traces a faded tattoo applied in the camps
    A survivor in an Israeli club traces a faded tattoo applied in the camps

    Donations should be made through www.Holocaustsurvivorsappeal.org

    Holocaust Survivors Appeal

Uk News

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'

Marcus Dysch

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'
Uk News

Anti-Israel conference faces delay

Lee Harpin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anti-Israel conference faces delay
Uk News

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity

Daniel Sugarman

Monday, December 5, 2016

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity
Uk News

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees
Special Reports

Dublin benefits from overseas aid

Barry Toberman

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dublin benefits from overseas aid
Uk News

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'

JC Reporter

Monday, December 5, 2016

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'
World

Jewish groups angered at Trump HMD message

Daniel Sugarman

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Jewish groups angered at Trump HMD message
Uk News

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'

By Simon Rocker

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'
Uk News

Local MP blocks visit from David Irving's 'secret tour'

Rosa Doherty

Friday, December 2, 2016

Local MP blocks visit from David Irving's 'secret tour'