More than £12,000 was raised to support Kibbutz Be’eri and traumatised Israeli children at a London concert by an Israeli rock star.
The British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel (BFAMI) in collaboration with The Houmous Foundation hosted an evening of art and music at the Amano hotel in Covent Garden in support of BFAMI’s emergency relief art projects supporting traumatised children, bereaved families and injured soldiers.
BFAMI co-chair Pamela Crystal opened the evening pledging immediate support to emergency relief projects across Israel. “In the long term, we will be supporting additional trauma relief programmes, shelters for small museums and adopting communities that have lost everything. Specifically, we will be supporting the rebuilding of Kibbutz Be’eri’ art museum, following the torching of this beautiful art space and community centre.”
Barak Ganor, Director of Culture at the Israeli Embassy, spoke of the diaspora’s outpouring of love towards Israel: “All Israelis feel your love and support.”
Guests heard from author and influencer Hen Mazzig who spoke about the importance of a unified and strong voice. Businessman and activist David (Vladimir) Bermant talked about how lucky we are to have such an incredible Jewish state. “In every respect, Israel is a miracle. Our job is to take our place in the great Jewish story, to unite as one and to write the next chapter of our people’s story.”
The evening concluded with a concert by renowned Israeli rock star Dudu Tassa, who flew in from Israel and performed old and new material as well as taking requests from the audience who were enchanted by his performance.
The event raised £12,500 towards emergency BFAMI relief projects.
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