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Simon Cowell Makes Major Pledge to IDF at Haim Saban’s $20 Million LA Fundraiser; Lionel Richie Performs

October 24, 2013 11:06 am 7 comments
British music and television producer Simon Cowell has reconnected with his Jewish roots, pledging a large donation to the IDF. Photo: WikiCommons.

British music and television producer Simon Cowell has reconnected with his Jewish roots, pledging a large donation to the IDF. Photo: WikiCommons.

Music producer and host of television’s The X Factor, Simon Cowell made a large pledge to the Israel Defense Forces at Haim Saban’s Los Angeles fundraiser, where musician Lionel Richie performed for 1,200 guests, the UK’s Jewish Chronicle reported.

The Jewish Chronicle said the American Friends of the IDF event raised some $20 million for the organization, including a pledge thought to be in the region of £150,000 ($243,000) from Cowell.

The big donation came through some gentle cajoling by host media executive Haim Saban, creator of television’s Power Rangers, who pledged to donate $1 million if Cowell would accompany him in singing the show’s theme song, “Go, Go Power Rangers,” the Jewish Chronicle reported. Cowell began to sing, but then said he would make a donation if Saban allowed him to stop.

Saban told IDF soldiers in attendance that LA’s Jewish and Israeli communities “appreciate and embrace the soldiers of the IDF, and will continue to do everything in order to give thanks to them and strengthen them in whatever is needed.”

Last year Cowell told an audience at a similar Jewish non-profit fundraising dinner, in Britain, “My dad is Jewish. He never told me or my brother or his wife. It’s in my blood and drew me to the charity.”

Cowell’s paternal grandmother was Jewish and immigrated to the UK from Poland.

This summer it was revealed that  Cowell is expecting a child with a Jewish woman, New Yorker Lauren Silverman, who recently divorced her husband, Andrew. Their baby, who will be Jewish, is due to be born in February.

Cowell was estimated to have a fortune of £200 million ($324 million) in the Sunday Times Rich List of 2011, making him the sixth richest person in the British music industry.

7 Comments

  • Bassam Alghanim

    Jewish Haim Saban donating money ? hilarious !! not in a million years, I guess he can try to make the reader believe this
    since he owns the Media.

    Japanese proverb ; If you believe everything you read stop reading:

  • Wow. I never knew he was such a great guy!

  • Glad to see that Simon Cowell is doing something worthwhile apart from that stupid show that he produces, it is basically rubbish with rubbish people on it screaming instead of singing.

  • Thank you Simon and thank you to all the others who love Israel and the Jewish People. Israel needs help in order to protect itself from Iran and so many hate groups, such as The Muslim Brotherhood who seek to wipe Israel off the map and kill Jews everywhere. God bless all who come to Israel’s defense now in this time of need.

    • Anthony Charles Abela

      Only the Almighty knows how many Israeli supporters there are world wide, I am one of them. Jehovah said” I will bless those who bless Israel and I will curse those who curse her”. “Hear oh Israel, the Lord is One”
      The Jewish nation should know how many times Jehovah, gave Israel victories and kept you out of harm’s way?. I feel for all Jews having to live a life of constant anxiety and stress, but remember to put your trust in HIM. He is true and faithful. I am Maltese by birth but left Malta when I was 20 years old, 1 week after getting married and have lived in Australia for 51 years. You are always in our prayers. May Yahweh bless the Jewish Nation and it’s people.

  • This story is great on so many levels: thanks

  • Awesome! The IDF deserves the support of ALL of us! Thank you Friends of the IDF for giving us a way in which to show our support!

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