U.K. ambassador to celebrate Sukkot in Israel home
Ambassador Matthew Gould to decorate sukkah with help of young adults from the National Association for the Habilitation of the Mentally Handicapped Persons in Israel.
Britain’s Ambassador to Israel will be putting the finishing touches on his sukkah at his Ramat Gan residence on Monday, and will be assisted by young adults from the National Association for the Habilitation of the Mentally Handicapped Persons in Israel.
Ambassador Matthew Gould, along with his wife Celia, will be celebrating the holiday of harvest with their six-month old daughter, Rachel, who was born in Israel.
This is the first time that a sukkah is being built at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Ramat Gan, and a group of young adults from AKIM-Israel’s Ramat Gan-Givatayim branch will be on hand to help decorate the Gould’s Sukkah.
"This is a really exciting event for Celia and me,” Ambassador Gould said on Sunday, adding “this is the first time that we are building a sukkah together in our Israeli home. We have been really impressed by the work being done by AKIM with people with special needs, and feel really privileged that they are helping us decorate our sukkah."
AKIM is a national non-profit organization that represents nearly 30,000 mentally handicapped individuals, including 10,000 children and their families. The organization was founded in 1951 to help families with mentally handicapped children, and there are currently 59 AKIM branches throughout the country.
Ambassador Gould is Britain's first Jewish Ambassador to Israel, and has been in his post for one year.