Linda Rosenblatt was awarded for her extraordinary commitment, hard work and impact over more than 35 years of involvement with the charity.
Linda served as a passionate and deeply involved Trustee from 1994-98, and again from 2004-14, actively partaking in and advocating for our international and domestic work, both within and beyond the Jewish community. She has been an ardent supporter of our projects assisting resettled refugees in the UK, and a champion of women leaders within the organisation. She has served as our Vice Chair from 2008-2014, and now sits on our Allocations Committee, Chairs our Annual Dinner Committee, and is one of four Life Vice-Presidents. By Vice Chairing World Jewish Relief’s Connections Committee, led by Jean Marks, since 1986, she has been instrumental in raising over £1million and assisting over 500 Jewish students to pursue their studies in Bosnia, Serbia and Poland.
Linda has conducted all her leadership roles with characteristic humility, modesty and anonymity. Always ready to offer insightful advice or roll her sleeves up and get stuck in, Linda never expects, nor wants, any recognition for her unparalleled voluntary contributions to World Jewish Relief’s values and lifesaving work.
Linda is a central pillar of World Jewish Relief, and it is no exaggeration that her volunteering has helped bring in more than £10 million of revenue for the charity. Linda is a much respected voice in the organisation, valued by all who have worked with her over the years.
Harry Heber has been recognised for his extraordinary voluntary commitment to providing spectacles to vulnerable individuals worldwide, helping them restore their sight, regain their independence and lead productive, dignified and active lives. Over 22 years, from 1998-2020, Harry has provided over 60,000 prescription spectacles to World Jewish Relief’s client base in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. For these Jewish community members, eye care would otherwise be prohibitively costly or simply impossible to access. Harry spent a total of around 8,500 hours volunteering from our offices in Golders Green – almost an entire year of his life.
Harry inspires the World Jewish Relief team, proving that no matter what hardships you face in your life, you can overcome them and always give back to your community.
Paul Anticoni, Chief Executive of World Jewish Relief said “We are absolutely thrilled that Linda Rosenblatt and Harry Heber have been recognised in the New Years Honours. Both have given decades of volunteer time, commitment, hard work and dedication to the work of World Jewish Relief. They represent the very best of this remarkable charity.”