Shabbat with Rachel Riley

The current pandemic has taken a huge toil on schools finances across the UK and Clore Tikva School has not been exempt from this. Covid 19 has seen the school having to make unforeseen investments to ensure the continuation of the high quality of education that they deliver to their pupils.

The community has worked tirelessly over the past 15 months to raise much needed funds through a range of initiatives. As part of the work the school hosted a Shabbat Dinner on the 25th June 2021 with Rachel Riley as their special guest.

The dinner was hosted by Yochy and Laurence Davis who have a grandchild at the school. Yochy Davis said ‘I was delighted to host the dinner. For those that follow me on social media you will have noticed my Shabbat Dinners and my Made with Love Chicken Soup run started over lockdown, which have become a popular attraction. It was therefore, a pleasure to host a dinner for a school that means so much to us personally and the community. My son was one of the first years when the school opened and to see my grandchildren now attending is wonderful. The school is so important to the community and when I hear how much my granddaughter loves the school I wanted to do all I could to ensure the school’s success in the long-term’

On the evening Rachel Riley spoke about her career, passion for education, Strictly Come Dancing and her work to combat the rise in anti-Semitism across the country. Rachel said ‘it was a pleasure to attend the Shabbat Dinner, I am always very keen to support our schools. Clore Tikva is a school that I am particularly pleased to support especially as its very close to where my mother grew up and therefore I wanted to give back to the community’

Margot Buller Head Teacher at Clore Tikva stated ‘we are so grateful to all the community for the work they are doing to ensure the sustainable future of our wonderful school. Tonight’s dinner has been an ideal opportunity to celebrate Shabbat together, recognise the unique community of which Clore Tikva is the heart, and help us raise significant funds to help support us through what has been an incredibly difficult year for our pupils, staff and community. To have the support of Rachel Riley was really wonderful and we are so grateful that she was able to join us on the night. Rachel is passionate about supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) among young people and to hear from her directly about the work she is doing to help promote this was inspiring’.

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