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An evening with Rob Rinder MBE in aid of Jewish Blind & Disabled

11 October 2021

On Sunday 10th October, we were delighted to be joined by barrister, presenter, columnist and TV star Rob Rinder or Judge Rinder as he’s commonly known. Interviewed by podcaster Jonny Gould; Rob spoke about his infamous TV Show, his Holocaust education work and how Jewish Blind & Disabled has a special place in his heart.

He said: “Out of all of the charities I get to work with, this is the most unique and special one for me; it’s about family and Jewish Blind & Disabled is my mishpacha – a fine example of who we are as a community at its best”.

“Those who experience change in their lives deserve the greatest dignity we can give them as a community. Life can change overnight, in my dad’s case illness came and he was slowly presented by a reality that he needed the Jewish community and sanctuary and safety that Jewish Blind & Disabled offers. For us Jewish Blind & Disabled were and are a light in the darkness”.

The event, held at both JW3 and online, was our first large in-person fundraising event since the pandemic and the first for our newly appointed Chair, Marc Gordon.

Speaking at the event, Marc said; “About 20 years ago I was invited by my first boss to attend a Jewish Blind & Disabled dinner and ever since then I have supported the charity. I have a soft spot for this charity; the only charity that enables people with physical disabilities and vision impairment from across our community to live independently, freely and safely in a place they can call home – their home. The majority of our tenants weren’t born with a disability but were faced with a diagnosis where their previous home was no longer suitable and they needed to find a new home and what we do goes way beyond just bricks and mortar”.

Marc also paid tribute to his predecessor John Joseph MBE, President Malcolm Ozin MBE and former Treasurer Stuart Simmons who between them have dedicated over 100 years of their time to build Jewish Blind & Disabled into the organisation it is today.

Following the event, Chief Executive, Lisa Wimborne commented: “It was great to be able to engage in person with our supporters both long-standing and new. We are delighted to announce that to date we have raised over £95,000 and we are hoping over the coming days to exceed the £100,000 mark. What was also special about this event is that so many people who joined us both in person and online had never been to a Jewish Blind &Disabled event before or had any engagement with our charity. We have huge ambitions over the next few years, which will know are only achievable if we increase support from across the community. If this event is the start of that journey today we are feeling positive and confident about the journey ahead”.

See the photos from the event here

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