Around 200 guests joined JNF UK and the ZF in bidding farewell to Israel’s outgoing Ambassador, Daniel Taub, at a reception at the London Hilton Metropole.
JNF UK bids farewell to Ambassador Daniel Taub
Among attendees were the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis; Stephen Pack, President of the United Synagogue; Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom; Micky Rosenfeld, spokesman for the Israeli Police Force and Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies.
Born and raised in England, Taub made Aliyah in 1989 and pursued a career in politics, taking a number of posts in the Israeli Foreign Ministry. He served as Ambassador to the United Kingdom since June 2011. A longstanding friend of JNF UK, Taub spoke about the work of the organisation and told guests:
“It was a pleasure to see so many friends and colleagues for our final farewell. It was an emotional evening and I would like to extend my warm thanks and appreciation to all those who have made me, Zehava and all of our family feel so welcome over the past 4 years. Israel is lucky to have such supporters as the ZF and JNF UK and I leave knowing that the country that we all know and love is in safe hands. Todah Raba and Behatzlacha!”
Alan Aziz, CEO of JNF UK said: “Defending Israel in this country can sometimes feel an uphill struggle, but it’s a testament to Daniel Taub’s wit and energy that he made standing up for the Jewish State seem as easy and natural as it really ought to be. He’s had a huge impact, and we’re extremely grateful for all that he achieved and for the friendship with Daniel and Zehava while they were with us.”