Chief praises Chaplaincy at gala dinner

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

University Jewish Chaplaincy has raised more than £200,000 at its first gala dinner for more than 20 years.

The event was held in honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks who told the 350 guests of his commitment to supporting Chaplaincy's work on campuses, where, he said "Jewish identities are either made or lost".

Lord Sacks said he had encouraged his predecessor Lord Jakobovits to support the charity's creation more than 40 years ago.

Guest speaker Lord Triesman, former FA chairman and government minister, voiced his concerns over the increasing hostility towards Jewish students and supporters of Israel on British campuses.

He said the anti-Israel stance of academic unions must be addressed and called for a Parliamentary select committee to hold an inquiry into the issue.

UJC changes lives and sometimes even saves them

Chaplaincy's entire team of rabbis travelled from around the country to attend the event, held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in central London.

Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, was also in attendance and was praised by Lord Triesman for his contribution to Jewish-Christian relations.

Ian Myers, UJC chairman, presented the Chief Rabbi with a certificate to mark him being made honorary president of the organisation. Mr Myers encouraged donors to offer support and said: "We have to be there to give strength to all Jewish students, to change lives and sometimes even to save them."

Dinner chairman Uri Goldberg said: "The impact Chaplaincy makes on thousands of young Jews is of vital importance to the whole community. It is a real pleasure to see so many people coming to support our work."

Last updated: 11:54am, March 1 2012