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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


Students told: Lead Now and reap rewards

By Ben Jaglom, April 2, 2009

A UJIA programme offering graduates the opportunity to combine a year of leadership work with classes in topics such as networking and conflict resolution was launched before an audience of communal and corporate representatives at BDO Stoy Hayward’s West End offices. The Lead Now scheme will also give participants the prospect of an internship in a major firm at the end of their year.


UJIA’s Sunday best

January 22, 2009

The telephone lines were buzzing at Balfour House in Finchley for UJIA’s Super Sunday, where over 150 volunteers solicited support for the charity’s 2009 campaign, focusing on welfare and educational activities in northern Israel.

More than £54,000 was raised, including contributions towards UJIA’s domestic educational activities, such as work with youth movements and day schools and the training of teachers.

A number of youth movement members were among those manning the phones.


UJIA caps cost of 2009 youth tours

By Leon Symons, December 11, 2008

British youth group tours to Israel next year will cost the same as this year — after UJIA stepped in to cap the costs of the trips in response to the recession.

Some groups said this week that they would have had to increase their prices by anything up to 25 per cent, which they acknowledge would have taken the Israel Experience tour out of reach of many families.

The trips next year will remain at around £2,400-£2,500, the same as those of 2008. However, all the groups have cut their trips by up to three days, though none will be less than 25 days long.


UJIA hails its £100m fundraiser

December 4, 2008

UJIA has paid tribute to its £100 million man — fundraiser Zalman Speigel — on his retirement after over 30 years’ service.

The £100 million is the estimate of the sum generated by Mr Speigel and his fundraising abilities were praised by UJIA vice-chairman Geoffrey Ognall and chief executive Doug Krikler at a farewell party.

Other UJIA leaders sent messages recognising his contribution, both financially and in terms of his understanding of the community in Britain and Israel.


Brits party with Ethiopian twins

August 15, 2008

UJIA marked the the tenth year of its British and Ethiopian bar and batmitzvah programme with its largest-ever celebration in Jerusalem.

Forty Ethiopian immigrant children from a Jewish Agency absorption centre joined their British "twins". Eight families made the trip from London, four from Manchester and four from Scotland.

The ceremony was held at Jerusalem's Great Synagogue and Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger blessed the celebrants.