BLP hosts over 130 at ‘Succah in the City’ Event
More than 130 leading figures from the Jewish and Israeli business communities in London joined Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) at a specially constructed ‘Succah’ at the firm’s London office yesterday (Thursday, 16 October). Amongst those who attended were Sir Victor Blank, Chairman of Lloyds TSB plc, Shmuel Ben-Tovim, Economics Minister, Embassy of Israel, and Avi Levi, UK General Manager of Bank Hapoalim BM.
The Succah, a traditional structure built as part of the celebrations around the Jewish festival of Succot, is situated adjacent to the firm’s Adelaide House office on a terrace overlooking the River Thames. During the week-long festival, the Succah is also being used for a fundraising event for the UJIA, one of the UK’s leading Jewish charities, and, at 12m x 8m, it is thought to be one of the largest in the City.
The festival of Succot commemorates the wandering of the Jews after their Exodus from Egypt and the Succah represents the makeshift dwellings they lived in at the time.
Neville Eisenberg, BLP’s Managing Partner, said: “We have many strong connections with the Jewish community and are delighted to provide a Succah for use in the City during the festival of Succot.”
BLP plays an active role within the UK Jewish community, advising a number of communal organisations and Jewish charities. The firm has recently hosted events in its offices in collaboration with the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the UJIA, the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Tel-Aviv University Trust.
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