Mr Nick Rago of Paradise Valley, Arizona has made a major gift to the Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre. Rago is a former senior executive with Dial Corporation, Premiere Cruise Lines (the Official Cruise line of Walt Disney World) and ConAgra Foods. Mr Rago made his gift through the US based British Schools and Universities Foundation and encouraged other US donors to join him in supporting the development of Edinburgh's first Jewish Cultural Centre. If you are a USA donor, you may join Nick and Peter and receive a tax deduction via the British Schools and Universities Foundation.
Jane Ansell and Janet Mundy, co -founders of Edinburgh Jewish Dialogue and the Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre have received approval from London based Limmud to offer this programme in Edinburgh in 2019. The programme has not been offered in Edinburgh in many years and will feature many outstanding speakers and offer a social programme. For more information on how you may become involved in planning and delivering this exciting new programme, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Peter Gelb, General Manager of The Met, has provided a major gift through the British Schools and Universities Foundation. Mr Gelb is featured at the start of the EJCC concept design video endorsing the new centre. Mr Gelb's predecessor as General Manager of the Met was Sir Rudolf who was the founder of the 71 year old Edinburgh International National Festival. Mr Gelb stated that he admires what the Edinburgh Jewish community is during to protect, preserve and sustain Jewish culture in Edinburgh, Scotland and throughout the world.
The Office of Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has approved the application of the Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). This approval means that UK citizens who are in work may make donations and they will be matched by 25% by the UK government.
Mr Mike Leven, of Atlanta, Georgia has generously provided a £50,000 matching grant to help the EJCC reach its first fund raising milestone of raising £100,000. Mr Leven is a former executive of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Aquarium, and a long time donor to Jewish causes throughout the world.
The Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre has appointed a committee of ten leaders to advance the fund raising appeal for the new Centre.
The committee is chaired by an experienced fund raiser, Professor Joe Goldblatt with an experienced cultural leader, Adrian H Harris, chair of the JCC as an ex officio member. The other members include:
Pam Judson, (Edinburgh)
Lady Joyce Kaplan (Edinburgh)
Aaron Kaufman, President, Fifth Element (Toronto, Canada)
Mike Leven (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Dann Moss (Reno, Nevada USA)
Nick Rago (Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA)
Francoise Robertson (Edinburgh)
Daniel Shakhani (London, UK)
The Edinburgh based award winning architectural design firm created a preliminary conceptual design for the future Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre to inform and attract future donors for this project.
At the closing concert of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival, over 100 people including the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Council Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, His Excellency the Ambassador of Austria, the Director of the Edinburgh International Festivals attended a reception that witnessed the leader of the Scottish government unveiling a plaque in honour of the two Jewish artists who founded the Edinburgh International Festival in 1947 and the two hundredth anniversary of the Jewish people in Edinburgh. The plaque is located just outside the Royal Box in Edinburgh's main concert hall.