Lovatt is Scots' link to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

Links between Scotland and Israel were boosted this week with the appointment of businessman and communal personality Stanley Lovatt as Israel's first honorary consul in Scotland.

Mr Lovatt, the long-time chairman of JNF KKL Scotland, was officially installed at a reception at Glasgow City Chambers attended by outgoing Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor and a number of MPs and MSPs.


Cameron's JNF split: it was Israel

By Robyn Rosen, June 2, 2011

Downing Street has changed its explanation for David Cameron's resignation as honorary patron of JNF.

Mr Cameron is now the first British prime minister not to be patron of the charity in the 110 years of its existence.


Cameron leaves the JNF

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

JNF UK has declined to say why Prime Minister David Cameron's name has disappeared from its list of honorary patrons.

Twelve days ago the pro-Palestinian Stop the JNF campaign wrote to Mr Cameron, reiterating a previous request for him to withdraw as patron of the charity.


JNF and ZF provide Electric atmosphere

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Camden's Electric Ballroom was turned blue and white on Monday evening as more than 600 students and young professionals came out to celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut with Young JNF and Israel Connect.

The atmosphere was as sparkling as the glowsticks and glitter tattoos liberally distributed by the organisers.


JNF taking local route

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 15, 2011

JNF's new regional director intends to bring leaders of the charity to the north in an effort to re-engage with Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester supporters.

Jo Krasner, who lives in Liverpool, started work last week as the fund's provincial link based at its new regional office in Altrincham. Its Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester offices closed last August as part of JNF streamlining.


'Stop the JNF' campaign relaunched

March 31, 2011

A campaign which calls the JNF "racist" and "colonialist" has been revived this week.

Stop The JNF was relaunched on "Palestinian Land Day" as part of a day of action organised by the BDS movement to commemorate the deaths of six Palestinian activists during marches in 1976. The group hopes to get the charitable status of JNF revoked, a tactic already rejected by the Charity Commission.


The Sound of Purim with the JNF

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

Around 1,000 students and young professionals descended on London club Sound on Saturday night to celebrate the festival of fancy dress and hamantashen in aid of the JNF.

More than 1,500 was raised for the charity on the night, which was organised by the Young JNF committee, Nana Events and Tango Down.



Young JNF is set for party season relaunch

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

JNF is to relaunch its programme for young people with a Purim party in the West End of London on Saturday.

Other events planned by Young JNF, which will replace JNF Future, include a sponsored skydive to mark the JNF's 110th anniversary in May and a baby fair for young mothers in June.


Hayek to resist JLC's fees claim

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2011

JNF UK has hit back over claims that it left the Jewish Leadership Council last week owing thousands of pounds in subscription.

JLC chairman Vivian Wineman had accused the charity of owing more than £10,000 in membership fees, plus another £15,000 which it had failed to contribute to the community's anti-boycott campaign.


Defiant JNF wants to boost its brand

By Barry Frankfurt, March 3, 2011

In what could be the tale of two chairmen, the UK Jewish community's relationship with Israel is being defined by the words and actions of UJIA's Mick Davis and JNF UK's Samuel Hayek. The broad communal consensus that the Board of Deputies looked to promote through its failed motion on the two-state solution is looking increasingly unlikely.