UJIA

Funding climbs for twinning

By Stephanie Brickman, June 3, 2010

Thirty UJIA supporters went on a climbing expedition in the Scottish Highlands on Sunday in support of a bar- and barmitzvah twinning project with Ethiopian Jews.

They scaled The Cobbler, otherwise known as Ben Arthur, which affords some spectacular views. Led by Steven Banks and Mark Tenby, the group completed the 884-metre hill climb in five hours.

Six Scottish families are among 21 from the UK participating in this year's twinning scheme, which pairs bar/batmitzvah celebrants with Ethiopian counterparts in Israeli absorption centres.

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Lulu's love of gefilte fish at UJIA dinner

By Jessica Elgot, June 3, 2010

Lulu has revealed how she acquired a love of gefilte fish.

The British pop icon addressed a UJIA women's brunch at London's Saatchi Gallery which raised £100,000 for projects for young people in the UK and northern Israel.

Speaking to the JC, the Scottish singer recalled that she was just 15 when her single Shout rocketed up the charts in 1964. Her Jewish manager Marion Massey was anxious to find a protective living environment for her in London and so she ended up staying with Ms Massey's mother in St John's Wood until her marriage to Bee Gee Maurice Gibb.

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UJIA hosts conference on education

By Simon Rocker, May 6, 2010

UJIA's first conference on research in Jewish education proved so popular that organisers had to find an alternative venue.

"I thought it would be a small seminar for 20 people," said UJIA research and evaluation director Helena Miller. "In the end, we had 100." The event was due to be held at UJIA's Kentish Town headquarters but had to be moved to Avenue House in East Finchley.

Believed to be the first conference devoted to the subject in the community, it drew educators from secular to strictly Orthodox.

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UJIA chief defends sale of Manchester base

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2010

Manchester UJIA chairman Keith Black has defended its controversial decision to sell off its Mamlock House premises by pledging that money saved would go towards countering "terrifying" anti-Israel activity.

The impending move has left smaller charities which co-lease the dilapidated north Manchester building struggling to find alternative accommodation.

But Mr Black said this week that UJIA's hand was forced by a 10 per cent drop in income in a harsh economic climate.

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UJS: Most dedicated student awards

By Marcus Dysch, March 25, 2010

The UK's most dedicated students have been recognised at the annual Union of Jewish Students awards.

Prizes included a trip to an international conference in Washington DC, a place on a UJIA project in northern Israel and a visit to the former Soviet Union with World Jewish Relief.

Durham University's students won the Developing JSoc of the Year title. Co-presidents Emily Black and Susie Sandle said Durham's new kosher kitchen had boosted membership by 300 per cent in the past 12 months.

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Olympic goals of community

By Robyn Rosen, January 21, 2010

The Jewish Committee for the London Games wants to be the first recipient of an Inspire mark, making it an official London 2012 brand.

Guests at the committee’s first seminar on Tuesday were told that it had applied to the programme as a project inspired by the Games.

The committee was founded by the London Jewish Forum, Maccabi GB, UJIA and Lord Janner to promote communal involvement in London 2012 activities.

Among the 50-plus people at the seminar were Ephraim Zinger, director of the Israeli Olympic Committee, and representatives of volunteering charities.

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The slow boat to Haifa

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2009

As world leaders in Copenhagen try to thrash out an agreement to combat climate change, it is good to know that Anglo-Jewish organisations are planning to do their bit. In order to cut carbon emissions, the UJIA is considering sending gap-year students to Israel by boat rather than plane.

There are educational advantages too, believes UJIA chief executive Douglas Krikler. Apart from visiting Jewish communities en route, retracing the journey of early immigrants who reached Haifa by boat could be “particularly poignant”, he says.

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Twin schools build relations

October 29, 2009

The head of a Northern Galil school has visited Manchester as part of UJIA’s School to School twinning project.

North Cheshire Jewish Primary School head Jackie Savage hosted the fact-finding mission from Gila Mickel from the Kerner School in Meona and Lenna Rosenberg, head of the Clore Tikva Primary in Redbridge.

They and other school representatives shared ideas on best practice and on how to take the partnerships forward.

North Cheshire and Clore Tikva are the only UK primaries involved in the twinning venture.

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UJIA admits Olmert got event invite

By Leon Symons, September 18, 2009

Israel’s ex-UN ambassador Dan Gillerman was centre stage at UJIA’s annual dinner on Monday night.

What most of the 700 guests present at London’s Hilton Hotel in Mayfair might not have known was that he was a late replacement for former Israeli premier Ehud Olmert.

UJIA admitted this week that Mr Olmert had been booked to appear as guest of honour for its biggest fundraising event of the year.

Chief executive Doug Krikler said he had been invited — and had accepted the invitation — to speak in London “some months ago”.

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Young fundraisers answer call to No.10

September 17, 2009

Sarah Brown welcomed four bar- and batmitzvah celebrants to 10 Downing Street to mark the formal launch of a UJIA scheme to encourage teenage philanthropy.

Gabi Mendelsohn, Ella Krikler, Jake Libson and Sally Patterson are among the first participants in myfund, promoting charitable giving within the Jewish or wider community. Also present was Jacob Harris, who will be signing up next year.

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