Celebrating 80 years
4 Feb 2014
On Tuesday 4th February, 560 guests joined Youth Aliyah Child Rescue to celebrate our 80th anniversary at a landmark gala dinner at Guildhall, London. Proceeds raised are going towards building a new, state of the art, Therapy Centre at the Talpiot Youth Village to help cope with the growing numbers of ‘at-risk’ children and their families in need of support.
Former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, spoke at the event about his harrowing experiences following the Holocaust as a young child. He explained that his journey, escaping persecution and abuse to the safety and warmth of what was to become the Jewish state, bears a striking resemblance to the life experience of many of the young people that Youth Aliyah helps today. Knesset member Shimon Solomon and former resident of Youth Aliyah child Rescue home in Talpiot, addressed the guests crediting much of what he has achieved in his life to the support of Youth Aliyah. Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub and Professor David Latchman also addressed the guests.
Rabbi Lau said: “At 8 years old and almost at the end of the war, my brother said to me if a miracle happens and you survive, ask to go to Eretz Yisroel, the place of the Jewish people. If you look in the Jewish Agency records today you will see my thumbprint, it was my signature, joining the first Youth Aliyah. This is why I felt a duty to be here today – I owe it to Youth Aliyah.”
Shimon Solomon MK said: “I came from Ethiopia in the 1980s to Israel, Youth Aliyah became my second home, Talpiot gave me a place of security together with the belief that the sky is the limit.”