UJIA looks back on its twin peaks

July 30, 2015

A beneficiary of UJIA's Ethiopian bar/batmitzvah twinning programme addressed around 100 former participants and family members at a 10th anniversary reunion at St John's Wood Synagogue.

Silanet Mekonan, 18, who made aliyah from Ethiopia in 2006, said that "if it wasn't for this project, I would not have had a batmitzvah.

"My parents did not have the time to deal with this.


A touch of class at UJIA teacher conference

By Charlotte Oliver, May 28, 2015

How should we teach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? How are Jewish schools promoting British values? And how do we respond to challenging questions about faith?

Such were some of the questions posed on Thursday, when UJIA gathered leading Jewish educators from across the country in Finchley for its annual research conference.


Baron David de Rothschild warns over terrorism and internet hate

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2015

Baron David de Rothschild has warned about the threat of terrorism and spread of hate messages on the internet.

Speaking to a 280-strong audience at the UJIA charity’s Yom Ha’atzmaut business breakfast on Thursday, the banker and senior figure in the French Jewish community warned about the rise of people engaging in terrorist activities in Western countries.


Marsh returns to UJIA to support the young

By Simon Rocker, April 23, 2015

The former director of Limmud, Shelley Marsh, has returned to UJIA to head a new national network to support Jewish youth.

Ms Marsh - who was UJIA director of informal education before joining Limmud two years ago - has started her role as director of Reshet - Hebrew for "network".

"My passion has always been working with young Jewish people in developing their identity," she said.


Board of Deputies forced to find a new home, again

By Simon Rocker, April 16, 2015

The Board of Deputies will be forced to leave its new headquarters less than a year after its move.

After the sale of the Board’s central London premises in Bloomsbury, the organisation moved into the UJIA’s premises in Camden at the end of the last year.


Birthright - now open to past tour members

April 8, 2015

For the first time, a free Birthright programme in the Holy Land will be available to young professionals who took an Israel tour in their teens.

Previously, the 10-day tours were open only to those who had never been on an organised programme.

The Young UJIA tour is being organised by Frankie Stanton, who said the aim was to attract 21-to-26-year-olds who had become distanced from the commu


'I was banished for attending Israeli college'

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2015

Guests at UJIA's women's lunch on Monday were moved by the story of a Druze woman who was excluded from her community for pursuing an academic career in Israel.

Dr Randa Abbas told the 220 guests that she had been placed under a "religious ban" for attending the UJIA-backed Western Galilee College in northern Israel.


Malcolm Rifkind charged Jewish charity £5,000 for one-hour speech

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2015

Sir Malcolm Rifkind charged a Jewish charity £5,000 for a one-hour speech.

The veteran Conservative MP, who has been implicated in a “cash-for-access” row, spoke at a UJIA business breakfast to mark Yom Ha’atzmaut in May last year.

The House of Commons’ register of members’ financial interests show that Sir Malcolm recorded the fee one month later.


Campus Notebook: February 13, 2015

By Naomi Firsht, February 12, 2015

Habonim weekender

Habonim Dror student madrichim enjoyed a weekend shabbaton in the Yorkshire countryside as part of a bonding seminar.

Fourteen students from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham and London, travelled to the village of Delph to take part in Shabbat services, educational programmes as well as a trip to nearby Hollingworth Lake.


UJIA's northern lights shine with £900k meals

January 22, 2015

Two regional dinners addressed by Israel's former US envoy, Michael Oren, have raised almost £900,000 for UJIA projects.

Around £680,000 was generated from the dinner at Manchester Hilton, where local UJIA chair Nici Wertheim told the 350 guests of her aim to "boost UJIA's reach by catering to different sections of the community with new events and activities".

Making the appeal, UJIA chai