Krikler quits UJIA top job

By Jessica Elgot, March 15, 2012

UJIA chief executive Doug Krikler is leaving to "explore new opportunities" after eight years with the charity.

His decision to quit had been an "emotional moment" and he was "looking at all options" within and outside the Jewish community. He will remain in the post during the search for his replacement.

Mr Krikler joined UJIA in September 2004, becoming chief executive in 2005.


UJIA chief Krikler leaving to 'broaden' his career

By Jessica Elgot, March 12, 2012

UJIA chief executive Doug Krikler has resigned after eight years at the charity to "explore new opportunities".

Mr Krikler joined the charity in September 2004, becoming chief executive in 2005.


Ringing the tills for UJIA projects

February 2, 2012

Manchester residents gave a ringing endorsement of the work of UJIA by pledging almost £60,000 in the Super Sunday telethon.

Volunteers from across the community phoned supporters from centres set up in the north and south of the city.


UJIA support for Israeli medical school

November 17, 2011

Four charities have joined forces to build Israel's fifth medical faculty, the Bar Ilan School of Medicine in Tsfat.

UJIA, together with its partners, is investing $10 million (£6.3 million) in the new campus for teaching and research in the Galil. The region currently has 2.2 doctors for every 1,000 Israelis compared to 4.3 in the centre of the country.


Michael Gove helps to raise £2.8m for UJIA projects

October 10, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove was the guest of honour at the UJIA's annual dinner. The 700 diners at the London Hilton raised £2.76 million for the charity’s work in Israel and the UK.

Photos: Isaac Strang



Scots on emotional trip

By Stephanie Brickman, October 10, 2011

Twenty-one young Scots have returned from a UJIA trip to Poland, during which they stayed in the historic Jewish quarter of Krakow and visited significant Holocaust sites.

The group was accompanied by youth workers Jared Ross and Ben Freeman and an Israeli educator, Pauline Kelif. Mr Ross said it had been an intensely emotional experience for everyone.


The community's role in the higher education jump

By Daniel Grabiner, October 7, 2011

The JC recently conducted a poll asking whether Jewish students were sufficiently prepared for life on campus. Out of the votes cast, 32 per cent said "yes", and 68 per cent said "no".

With an analytical eye, one could question the type of person who responded to the survey. Was it students who said that they were not prepared? Was it parents or just the general public?


Leaving gift to UJIA is a £15k party

October 6, 2011

Before moving back to Australia next month, former Y-UJIA fundraising committee chair Laurence Marshbaum wanted to stage a final charitable event for UJIA.

So together with friends Sara Simmonds and Sarah Sopher, the 30-year-old put on a cocktails and canapés event at Mortons private members' club in Mayfair.


Whose appeal is it anyway? US warns over UJIA card

By Simon Rocker, September 27, 2011

United Synagogues have been warned by the US not to confuse a Kol Nidre Appeal card sent out by UJIA with its own appeal at Yom Kippur.

The US has decided to run a stand-alone appeal for the first time this year, no longer guaranteeing 40 per cent of the Kol Nidre take to UJIA.

Some US synagogue members were puzzled to receive pledge cards in the post from UJIA titled "The Kol Nidre Appeal".


One sip and they were gone from BBYO tour

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

Three BBYO boys have been sent home from their Israel tour after a parent allowed them sips of his beer.

Ian Kersen said his son Gil sipped his beer on the "family night" in Jerusalem at the end of the tour, as did his son's friends Daniel Levene and Ben Fink, despite warnings that drinking alcohol would mean an early flight home.