Editorial 03.03.2022

Dear Parents,

In a week where the external news has been so grim, it was heartening to see the amazing effort put in by so many people to enable us to have our most successful fund raising campaign thus far.

211 teams, 4263 donors and over £1.7 million raised. These are amazing and heart-warming statistics. It was very moving to read the messages of support which came in and to know how much Hasmonean is valued in the community. We are humbled by the trust placed in us to educate the next generation and strive daily to inculcate the values of Rabbi Dr Schonfeld and to produce young men and women of whom we can all be justly proud who will take their place in the world as confident Jews.

We are so grateful to all the donors whose generosity makes it possible to put into practice many of the initiatives we have planned to improve the education we offer even more and to provide timely and effective support to those who are experiencing challenges.

Thank you to each and every one of you for your continued support.

Shabbat Shalom!

Mrs K Brice
Hasmonean High School for Girls

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Dear Parents,

We are delighted to inform you that Hasmonean’s 36-hour fundraising campaign blasted through the initial £1.2m target and exceeded the bonus target of £1.7m.

We are hugely indebted to the boundless generosity and energy of the following people. First, we must pay tribute to Fundraising Chair and MAT trustee Ben Shooter and his wife Katie Shooter who have now raised over £10m for Hasmonean since 2015. This speaks for itself: it is a truly astonishing achievement. Heartfelt gratitude to all that they have given and continue to give to Hasmonean.

Campaign leads Jodi Benaim and Dalia Leaf have worked tirelessly to ensure that this campaign was a huge success. The effort they have put into this campaign from its outset to its end has been phenomenal and the funds raised are testament to this. Enormous thanks to them and their families for the time and boundless energy they have given to this campaign.

Huge thanks go to the rest of the fundraising committee Jackie Benjamin, Steven Blumgart, Daniel Green, Yossi Goldberg, Yossi Halberstadt, Moshe Klajman, Miriam Landau, Dawn Murray, Shira Rabson and Benji Shebson all of whom worked assiduously to ensure the success of the campaign.

We are deeply indebted to all of the school’s trustees, governors and community members who personally provided or secured the matched funding for the campaign. Without their financial backing, this campaign would simply not have got off the ground.
We are grateful to the many, many parents, students and staff members who worked tirelessly either to maximise the community’s donations and to those whose own families gave so generously.

Without the combined efforts of each segment of the community, Hasmonean would not be able to remain the flagship Orthodox Jewish institution that it is today. Thanks to you, Hasmonean will not only continue to survive but will flourish.

With heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this campaign such a fabulous success.

Thank you so, so much everyone!


Mr Gary Swabel – Chair of Trustees
Mr Andrew McClusky – CEO