Jeremy Vine Speaks at Emunah Dinner

08 November 2017 | Fundraising, Head Office, Israel

Television and radio presenter Jeremy Vine helped us net a healthy £350,000 profit when he addressed 350 guests at our gala dinner on Monday night (6 November, 2017) at London’s Guildhall. The money will go towards therapies for vulnerable and at-risk children and to maintain out projects in Israel, where Emunah is the largest provider of children’s residential services.

New dinner chair Michelle Plainer welcomed everyone, saying her new role was “a big honour and responsibility but having visited Emunah centres myself, I felt strongly that I wanted to get more involved and do all I can to help the thousands of children and families in Israel who so desperately need our support.”

Mr Vine regaled guests with stories from his show on BBC Radio 2 and explained that “after 30 years at the BBC, I’ve realised that the audience has much better stories than me”. These included the man who tried to fly using 45 weather balloons and animal right’s activists who “rescued” thousands of chickens from a road accident – and the birds were then taken to the abattoir!” He spoke of his stint on BBC 1’s Strictly Come Dancing, where he is still getting over the trauma of dancing the Tango dressed in a cowboy outfit – “It’s the joy of the unexpected – that’s what life is all about.”

“It’s fantastic to connect with a charity that I must confess I didn’t know much about and which does so much good work…” said Jeremy Vine

Making the appeal was Menachem Machtayev who now works as a counsellor at Emunah Afula, the home where he grew up. He spoke of his past difficulties and how Emunah had helped to turn his life around and to break the cycle of violence and abuse. Later, he was joined on stage by his wife, Chen, and their baby daughter.

Two boys from Emunah Neve Landy children’s village sang for the audience – both want to be professional singers. Musical director Dvir and counsellor Elad accompanied the teenagers on their UK visit, as did World Emunah director Shlomo Kessel.

Speaking of the evening, Jeremy Vine said: “The singing from the boys was stunning… and [Immanuel College] choir… Above all, I loved hearing what Emunah does in Israel.” Mr Vine paid tribute to Menachem and his “beautiful family – I can relate to that as I’ve got two beautiful daughters. It was wonderful to hear about your journey, where you’ve come from.”

British Emunah chairman Rosalyn Liss thanked Jeremy Vine, noting he had donated his fee to Emunah and the Motor Neurone Disease charity.

Guests included Chief Rabbi Mirvis and Israel’s Ambassador H.E Mark Regev – the latter made the loyal toast to the State of Israel, saying: “I am also toasting Emunah for the work that you have done over the decades, for the work that you are doing today, and the work that you will continue to do tomorrow. You are helping to make Israel a better place.”

Afterwards, dinner chair Michelle Plainer said it was “a fantastic evening – I am delighted with the amount raised and want to thank everyone who has supported us.”

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