'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


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.