Aspiring actress Orel Nissan won our hearts at British Emunah’s Gala Dinner, Everyone Has a Story, on 24th September in London. “I went to live at Emunah Afula children’s home… with their help, I learned that I had talents and gifts and that I could succeed,” said Orel, 23, who now attends a prestigious Tel Aviv Drama School. She was in an El Al television commercial and has 13.8k Instagram followers. 

Fighting back the tears, Orel told her story to the 260-strong British Emunah audience, helping to raise some £250,000 for the Israeli welfare charity. “Sometimes life isn’t fair… Children should be able to take for granted that their homes are safe and warm and happy. They should know there will be food on the table, that someone will care for them when they are sick, encourage them when they feel bad, and celebrate when they succeed.” 

Therapy Clowns Rotem Goldenberg (Fruma) and Shera (Shorty) Friedlander gave a lively presentation on their work at Emunah residential homes and centres, helping vulnerable children to open up about their troubled lives and helping them to heal. 

Chief Rabbi Mirvis praised Emunah’s “outstanding work” and said the charity “leads by example…  Through your noble endeavours, many thousands of people will continue to have their lives re-shaped so that they too will have a great story to tell.”

Guests heard an Israel update from Jason Pearlman, a media and political communications consultant and the son of Hilary Pearlman, a past British Emunah Chairman. 

Michelle Plainer, Dinner Chair, said: “It was a fantastic evening for a fabulous cause because everyone has a story – this was a chance for some of the people who have been supported by Emunah to tell theirs.” 

The last word went to Rosalyn Liss, Chair of British Emunah, who said: “Thank you for supporting our life-changing services in Israel – your help is vital not just for tonight but also for the future. There are so many vulnerable children who are in desperate need of help, so please be as generous as you can.”