How Britain is transforming the Galilee

By Jenni Frazer, February 21, 2013

If there is one word which is used repeatedly in the Galilee, it is “vision.” Sometimes, looking around the northern region of Israel and realising the range of the challenges, vision is about all there is: a vision of the future of the country which, little by little, is changing for the better with British input.


Chief Rabbi defends Rupert Murdoch during Israel tour

By Jenni Frazer, February 14, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks made an unexpectedly robust defence of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch this week, declaring that Israel did not have “a better or more significant friend in the world” than Mr Murdoch.

Lord Sacks spoke during his last official visit to Israel as chief rabbi, in a mission to the northern projects of the UJIA.


Kemp enjoys northern exposure with UJIA

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 28, 2013

TV presenter and former EastEnders actor Ross Kemp had a starring role in the Manchester UJIA dinner on Monday, which raised more than £600,000 for projects in northern Israel.


UJIA drops unpaid leave plan for staff

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2013

The UJIA has shelved plans to ask staff to take two weeks’ unpaid leave this year in order to cut the charity’s costs.

Staff had been warned of the move at the end of last year.

For an employee on a salary of £25,000, it would have meant the loss of nearly £1,000, equivalent to a four per cent pay cut.


The 40-somethings who lead the UJIA

By Simon Rocker, December 14, 2012

Few Anglo-Jewish leaders have risen to the top as rapidly as Bill Benjamin, the Californian-born chairman-designate of the UJIA who will succeed Mick Davis next month. An executive in an international property investment company, he had been on a couple of UJIA missions but by his own admission “wasn’t heavily active” in it when he was approached to run it a year ago.


UJIA helps teachers’ links with Israeli counterparts

By Sandy Rashty, November 22, 2012

Schoolteachers who have just returned from a UJIA-organised tour to Israel have described the current situation as “surreal”.

The 22-strong group of Jewish and non-Jewish teachers from seven Jewish schools in the UK, participated in the programme’s six-day seminar, which included tours around Jerusalem and teaching lessons at partner schools.


UJIA's young property dinner

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

UJIA's young property dinner at London’s Le Méridien hotel raised £20,000 for a medical faculty in Israel.

Irvine Sellar, developer of the Shard building, was guest speaker at the event, attended by 140 people.

UJIA's Rachel Nagus said: "There was a brilliant atmosphere in the room and it was great to see so many young property professionals networking."



UJIA quiz fans tackle a varied question time

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

Cryptic clues about tube stations and a “where’s the rabbi” round were among the posers taken on by contestants at the Y-UJIA quiz and cocktail night.

Eleven tables of young professionals put themselves to the test, answering questions such as whether Boost chocolate bars are kosher (formerly, but not now) and the year the Beatles formed.


David Cameron will be UJIA’s guest

October 12, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron is to be the special guest of honour at next week’s United Joint Israel Appeal annual dinner, taking place in central London.

It will be his first face-to-face encounter with a large section of the Jewish community since his appearance at August’s Guildhall event to mark the 40th anniversary of the murdered Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.


Galilee school centre name honours Lord Janner

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2012

A new education centre in the north of Israel is to be named after the former Labour MP and ex-president of the Board of Deputies, Lord Janner.

Israel's ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, and members of the UJIA recommended the veteran Labour peer, now 84, for the honour in recognition of his work promoting understanding between people of different faiths.