On Saturday night 21st January, Jessie Flaum hosted the 'Rise Up' concert at Bushey Synagogue to fundraise for Jewish Women's Aid. She and her family have raised an incredible over 💜£5000💜which includes donations from a raffle on the night and voluntary donations from family and friends!
The evening, hosted by Nigel Rothband, featured talented singers, actors, musicians and dancers who all came out to support Jessie on the night. This included Jessie's mum Gail and Bushey Rebbetzen Jacqueline Feldman, who played the harp. Jessie and her friends performed beautifully, all with the message of survival and resilience after difficult times.
Jessie herself is a survivor of sexual violence and decided to host the concert to raise additional awareness. She says,
'Through this concert I aimed to raise awareness, not only for this charity but also awareness on speaking out about sexual violence. This themed concert entitled Rise Up will hopefully send messages about surviving.
I want to send out a vital message to anyone on their journey to recovery so they can know it wasn't your fault, you and I are strong and we are powerful and brave women. I hope I can make other survivors realise and believe, even in the darkest moments, that it gets better...that our experiences do not define us and that together we stand powerful and strong.'
Thank you to Jessie, the Flaum family, all the performers and Bushey synagogue for all your hard work and efforts. Jessie, we are proud of you.
If you need support around sexual violence please call us on number 0808 801 0500 or message us at www.jwa.org.uk/webchat