Judith Elkan’s friends and FBFF supporters met at the New North London Synagogue on 19th June for a concert in her memory. The programme, designed to reflect Judith's musical tastes, included works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky as well as Israeli and Arabic songs.

Judith, founder and first chair of the Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum, was born in Jerusalem to an Arab-speaking Jewish family from Aleppo and both Israeli and Arab cultures and communities were close to her heart. Much of her life was dedicated to building bridges and supporting peace initiatives between Israelis and Palestinians, culminating in creating and chairing the UK Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum for the last 17 years.

The Hebrew and Arabic songs in the programme were a tribute to her life-long commitment to improving Israeli-Arab relations.

Judith died in February at the age of 92.

The audience were welcomed to the concert by a message from the actor and FBFF Patron Juliet Stevenson (above) who recalled how she had been entranced by Judith’s gentleness and warmth, her humour and humanity.

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CLICK HERE to watch more extracts from the concert

‘The world has lost a great soul,’ she concluded. ‘I will carry her memory with me always. I count myself lucky that our paths crossed and that I knew her for a while.’