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.


Spy focuses on poverty at UJIA Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 3, 2014

The former head of Israel’s Mossad secret service had a very public mission this week, urging Manchester diners to raise funds towards alleviating Israeli poverty.

Danny Yatom told the 350 guests at the city’s annual UJIA dinner on Monday that there was an unequal share of wealth in Israel and that those on the periphery of society had been neglected.


Need a £1m investment? Speak to customers first

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2013

An Israeli entrepreneur has secured over £1 million from private investors for his award-winning UK-based property company.

Nitzan Yudan, founder of Flat-Club, which helps young professionals find short-term accommodation by renting through their trusted social networks, says the funding will boost the company’s global presence.


UJIA's call-up answered

December 9, 2013

UJIA’s Camden head office was a hive of activity on Sunday as 80 volunteers hit the phones to raise money for the charity’s Super Sunday, part of its Chanucah appeal.


UJIA makes a meal of a £3.3 million night

By Simon Rocker, October 7, 2013

UJIA’s largest dinner in a decade raised £3.3 million for Israel and Zionist youth and education at home on Monday night — up £200,000 on last year’s event.

Dinner chair Keith Black said the support of the 870 guests sent “a resoundingly clear message that our community refuses to take Israel for granted and will not let our children take Israel for granted”.


Wish you were here?

By Sandy Rashty, August 1, 2013

For most British teenagers, a one-month tour of Israel at the age of 16 is a rite of passage. For some, the experience marks their first visit to the Jewish state. For others, it is a chance to renew acquaintance with Israel — social and tanning opportunities included — after completing their GCSEs.


Israel tour still a must as 1,200 teens sign up

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2013

More than one in five teenagers joining youth movement tours to Israel this summer will be receiving help to pay for their trips.

Ten organisations are running trips this year, with a total of 1,216 participants. UJIA, which co-ordinates the trips, said that almost £200,000 had been allocated after 260 youngsters applied for bursaries.