Our ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign celebrated its one-year anniversary on Monday night in Israel with UN ambassadors from around the world in attendance for the reception in Tel Aviv.
On Monday evening UN ambassadors, led by Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, joined Chelsea director Eugene Tenenbaum in Tel Aviv and were presented with the club’s campaign work over the past year, as well as our plans for the coming year.
The campaign, which is supported by the club’s owner Roman Abramovich, aims to raise awareness of and educate our players, staff, fans and the wider community about antisemitism and its impact. Chelsea launched the campaign in January 2018 - four days after Holocaust Memorial Day, when Bournemouth visited Stamford Bridge.
Owner Roman Abramovich wrote a unique foreword for the matchday programme, while in the Directors’ Box Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis presided over a candlelighting ceremony and was joined by special guests, including Holocaust survivors and leaders from the Jewish community.
Since then, various activities have taken place including Holocaust survivor Harry Spiro meeting the men’s first team, and fans and staff visiting former concentration camp Auschwitz, while the Foundation continues to educate the next generation via workshops on the subject in local schools.
Most recently we produced a hard-hitting video (below) with the support of players from both the men’s and women’s teams to raise awareness for Holocaust Memorial Day.
Later this year, Maurizio Sarri and the squad will travel to the United States to play a friendly match against New England Revolution, with Roman Abramovich and Revolution owner Robert Kraft contributing $1 million each to the campaign.