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The event to mark Israel's 60th Birthday, was held at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow and attracted almost 600 people. Star attraction was Hollywood Oscar-winning actress, director and producer, Goldie Hawn.
In her entertaining speech, she focused on what had always been important to her in life - being happy. When asked by one of the guests who she would choose to invite to a dinner party, she responded: "Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, Pythagoras, Bill Clinton, Marilyn Monroe, Thomas Jefferson and my partner of 25 years, Kurt Russell."
In welcoming the guests to the dinner, KKL Scotland chair Stanley Lovatt said: "Clearly we are assembled this evening for several reasons, primarily to support the work of KKL and to inaugurate our new Scottish project. We are here to be entertained by our special guest Goldie Hawn and also to celebrate Israel's 60th birthday. In Israel, thanks to KKL, there are now luxuriant forests flourishing on hilltops and hillsides, which formerly were bare and desolate. KKL has carved out thousands of kilometers of tracks and roads where there was wilderness. Over the years, ecological awareness has grown and KKL has played a highly significant role in environmental considerations."
A special welcome was given to the Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor, Steven Purcell, leader of Glasgow City Council, Menachem Leivovic, KKL deputy world chairman and the many guests who had traveled from Israel, New Zealand and London.
Mr Lovatt paid tribute to his hard-working committee and to office administrator Elaine Vulkan and volunteers. Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch, minister of Newton Mearns Synagogue, recited grace before and after meals and the Ambassador gave the toast to the President and the State of Israel.
Mr Leivovic told the audience: "When I left Israel it was 31 degrees but here in Scotland it's only about five degrees. There is plenty of water in Scotland and plenty of sun in Israel. My prayers for rain in Israel aren't answered too often." He explained the new project KKL Scotland was undertaking, which is to support the Gazit Reservoir, situated 20 kilometres from Tiberias.
The future of the country's water supply depends upon Israel's ability to develop new sources of water, such as wastewater recycling. The use of recycled wastewater in agriculture which both reduces pollution, while providing an additional source of irrigation, is one of the solutions to the water shortage problem.
Leivovic continued: "More than 150 reservoirs have been built by KKL in the last 10 years. I would like to thank KKL Scotland for choosing this project. Your gift to Israel is worth a fortune."
Amongst the items auctioned were a signed portrait of Goldie Hawn, holidays, Rolex watches and a diamond bracelet. More than Â£25,000 was raised from this part of the evening alone. Mr. Lovatt told the Jewish Telegraph after the event: "We were absolutely delighted at the huge number of guests present and a significant sum of money was raised. We've had a really good response to our new Scottish project and as a result of the sums raised at the dinner; preparatory work will be starting in the course of the next few weeks. The feedback from our guests and sponsors was that it was an exceptionally successful and enjoyable event. And we were delighted to have had dozens of supporters from Scotland present and they all seemed to have had a wonderful time."
There was a small demonstration by 150 people, organized by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign. There was a very large police presence and the protest passed off without incident and caused no disruption to the event.
Taken from the Jewish Telegraph
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