Court told of JNF cash row and ‘bugging’

By Leon Symons, September 4, 2008

The former chief executive of JNF UK, who is in legal dispute with his ex-employer - and is also suing this newspaper over its reporting of his departure - this week took one of Britain's top law firms to court in a separate action which has brought extraordinary revelations about the charity.

Simon Winters, who left the charity two months ago following the arrival of new chairman Samuel Hayek, is seeking an injunction to stop Mishcon de Reya acting for JNF in his dispute with it over the end of his employment, alleging a conflict of interest.


Vohs swims for Israeli terror victim

June 20, 2008

Matthew Vohs of Finchley completed a 10km swim under the auspices of JNF partner organisation One Family at the RAC Club to raise £7,000 for Israeli terror victim Miri Ben Naim. The swim took five hours, and Mr Voh said: “I feel exhausted and my body is hurting. But this is nothing to what Miri has suffered. I am pleased to have raised money for such a deserving cause.”


Driven duo take the vintage route to new life in Israel

By Leon Symons, May 30, 2008

Yaniv Cohen and Ali Singer are making aliyah in style by driving a 1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith saloon to their new homeland as part of the JNF’s London-Jerusalem car rally. But the pair’s epic journey was almost over before it had begun.

Mr Singer, a 28-year-old Londoner, was responsible for getting the vehicle to the starting line.

But unaccustomed to the fuelling requirements of a vintage Rolls-Royce, he ran out of petrol on the way to the start and only just made it to the ferry in Dover with the 25 other entrants.


Northern Jewish artists have work exhibited

May 23, 2008

Keren Or and JNF UK attracted 200 people to the preview night of their art exhibition at South Manchester Synagogue to view the work of northern Jewish artists. The Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Bernard Sharpe, opened the exhibition. Lorraine Palastrand, JNF senior campaign executive, said: “We are delighted that the community have supported this event in such large numbers.”


JNF's first Women 4 Sderot fundraiser a success

May 9, 2008

The JNF Israeli Forum has launched a new women’s committee, Women 4 Sderot, in response to the crisis in Sderot. The group’s first fundraising event raised £6,000 and was held in Borehamwood, where 70 people attended a lecture by life-coach Noa Rockman. JNF Israeli Forum chairman Leora Torn-Hibler and committee member Riki Joel recently visited Sderot to ensure that shops have received the funds and are distributing vouchers for people in need.


Former senior Israeli diplomat gives lecture at JNF House

May 9, 2008

Some 60 people gathered at JNF House for the second in a series of lectures given by Israeli political and social analyst Abbie Ben Ari. Mr Ben Ari, a former senior Israeli diplomat who served in the USA and the UK, spoke about  Israel over the past 60 years and its future.


Couple find true love through JNF

May 2, 2008

JNF has played Cupid for London policeman Jonathan Brandman and Newcastle nurse Louise Rowell, who got engaged this week, a few months after meeting on the annual JNF winter Eilat trip. The couple were also in Israel when Mr Brandman, 27, proposed on the beach at Herzliya Pituach. “I offered Louise a solitaire diamond ring I had managed to smuggle out with me to Israel without her knowing, and she said ‘yes’.” Their initial meeting had been at the first-night cocktail party on the JNF tour. “We were inseparable for the rest of the trip,” recalled Miss Rowell, 28.