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


Adults get tour experience

January 15, 2015

UJIA is organising a Jewish legacy mission to Poland and Israel, giving adults the chance to experience the kind of educational programme their children or grandchildren have participated in.

Titled "From Darkness to light", the mission will take in the March of the Living in Poland, UJIA's work in northern Israel and Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut events.

UJIA's Harvey Bratt said that "ma


It’s not about money. That’s what the new Bank of England Deputy Bradley Fried says, in this exclusive

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2014

Bradley Fried, 49, could be described as the perfect antidote to the typically hard-nosed British financier.

The Cape Town-born investor — who signs off as “Brad” in e-mails ahead of our meeting — has a warm manner, infectious laugh and rarely wears a tie to work — not exactly what most people might expect of a man so embedded in our leading financial institution.


UJIA supporters make their true identity clear

December 18, 2014

Some £83,000 was raised by the 130 volunteers who manned phones in London and Glasgow for UJIA's Super Sunday.

The theme of the event was the charity's promotion of Jewish identity in difficult times.


School club aids its twin

December 11, 2014

Israel Club at King David High School has launched this year's UJIA Ethiopian bar and batmitzvah club with Rebbetzin Liat Lieberman.

Rebbetzin Lieberman explained to the pupils that as a group they need to raise £1,200 through fundraising in order for their Ethiopian twin in Israel to celebrate his/her bar/batmitzvah.


Charity's £6 million school donation

November 13, 2014

A leading UK Jewish charity has contributed millions of pounds to a college in Israel where students are split evenly between Jews and non-Jews.

UJIA donated £6 million to the Western Galilee College in Akko, for the construction of a school of management, with the Israeli government contributing the remaining £3 million. The school was opened last week.


Proud Zionist Simon Schama defends Israel’s action in Gaza

By Daniel Easterman, September 16, 2014

Historian Simon Schama has launched a stirring defence of Israel’s military operation in Gaza, strongly rejecting allegations that its forces were guilty of war crimes.

Speaking as guest of honour at the UJIA annual dinner, Mr Schama said: “We are not the killers of children. We grieve when the blood of innocent children is spilt because rockets are stored underneath or outside schools.


Here, bear, everywhere - the time they took Teddy on tour

August 28, 2014

In 2006, 18-year-old Cassie Matus set off on her Israel gap year with Habonim Dror with an unusual companion - a teddy bear dressed rather similarly to her. "My mum gave her to me as a mascot. It was basically a bear version of me," she recalled.


A healthy north is just the job

July 31, 2014

Maccabi GB is spreading its health conscious wings to the north with the appointment of Oliver Grant as its first regional sports development co-ordinator, in partnership with UJIA.


Israel Tour organisers promise safe passage

By Marcus Dysch, July 10, 2014

Israel tour organisations in the UK have moved to reassure parents that their teenage children will be safe despite the escalating violence.

UJIA Israel Experience, which co-ordinates tours for more than 1,200 young Jews from movements including Bnei Akiva, FZY, Habonim Dror, RSY-Netzer and Noam, said it was in regular contact with parents and was giving the situation its full attention.