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.


Barbe-queues as UJIA courts South Africans

By Rosa Doherty, July 3, 2014

A traditional South African barbecue in the grounds of a Totteridge mansion provided a taste of home for ex-pats on Sunday.

Organised by UJIA as part of its outreach work among overseas communities in London, the Big Braai attracted around 260 hungry patrons, among them Barbra and Brian Davis, who came to England 16 years ago and now live in Hampstead Garden Suburb.


Reflections on leading Israel tour

By Rosa Doherty, May 1, 2014

What could possibly go wrong for the young leaders tasked with the responsibility of looking after the 1,200 16-year-olds taking UJIA Israel Experience tours in Israel this summer. For Mancunian Lindsay Weisberg, 21, “the worst thing that could ever happen to me as a tour leader would be, God forbid, if I lose a child. Can you imagine?”


Purim wait angers UJIA party people

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

It was billed as the ultimate London Purim party for young professionals, with tickets sold out and 1,000 people attending.

But guests at the Young UJIA event have complained of having to wait for over an hour-and-a-half for admittance to the venue, the Revolution Leadenhall club.