A Glasgow crowd raises £81K for UJIA projects

March 11, 2011

Award-winning scientist and TV presenter Lord Winston spoke about the influence of Judaism on his life and career at the UJIA Scotland annual dinner this week.



Robert Winston at UJIA dinner

By Stephanie Brickman, March 11, 2011

UJIA Scotland's annual dinner was a sell-out success with scientist and TV presenter Lord Winston drawing a crowd of 250 to the Giffnock Synagogue Banqueting Suite on Monday.

In conversation with Scottish broadcaster Alan Douglas, Lord Winston discussed the influence of Judaism on his life and career. He also answered audience questions.


Small communities office is out of cash

By Robyn Rosen, February 18, 2011

The office supporting small communities across the country is on the brink of closure after the withdrawal of UJIA funding.

Providing religious, cultural and educational backing for communities with less than 100 members, the Office for Small Communities has relied on UJIA cash to keep operational.

But the contribution has been slashed from £75,000 to £40,000 this year and there will be no further funding after September.

During the four years it has backed the OSC, UJIA has developed a website offering distance learning to small communities.


New chapter for up and coming leaders

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Ten up and coming Manchester Jewish community leaders were given a reading list by the Chief Rabbi during a weekend in London when they met top communal personalities.

Manchester UJIA United Jewish Leadership Group members spent Shabbat with Rafi Zarum, head of the London School of Jewish Studies, hearing how he had helped to turn around the former Jews' College.

The group then split between Masorti's New North London Synagogue, Finchley Synagogue and the North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green.


Volunteers answer the call from UJIA

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2011

Volunteers from across the Manchester community helped UJIA raise £64,000 for young people in the UK and northern Israel.

More than 60 volunteers donated their time for the charity's Super Sunday telethon, with UJIA staff joined by families, Habonim, FZY and Bnei Akiva members and Yavneh Girls' School pupils.

Calls were made from offices in north and south Manchester, whose use was donated by community members.


Ziff seeks more good sports for Maccabi GB

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 14, 2011

About to step down as chairman of the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Leeds businessman Michael Ziff is turning his attention to encouraging more Jewish youngsters into sporting activity.

Mr Ziff, 57 - who heads high street shoe chains Barratts and Priceless - has been elected as Maccabi GB's new chairman and will take office in June.


UJIA does Glee - Don't Stop Giving

January 5, 2011
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A charity appeal to the tune of the Journey hit "Don't Stop Believing".


Mick and Ron still friends

By Simon Rocker, December 22, 2010

Mick Davis and Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor remain on good terms, despite the contretemps over the UJIA chairman's outspoken remarks on Israel and the envoy's public rebuke of him. The pair were spotted out on a stroll the other day - in perfect amity, according to the reader who recognised them.


Canada PM shames UJIA boss

By Melanie Phillips, November 29, 2010

On a recent speaking tour in Montreal and Toronto, I was struck by the beleaguered state of many Canadian Jews. They were battling the usual mad barrage against Israel from the media, politicians on the left and rabid anti-Israel and Judeophobic lies and libels on campus. Home from home, in other words.

But perhaps the most troubling aspect was that they appeared not to possess the verbal ammunition with which to respond. It seemed to me that, as I wrote here last month, the problem was that, to a greater or lesser extent, they themselves had been sucked into the narrative of lies.


Mick Davis: the fallout from his Israel comments

By Lord Kalms, November 25, 2010

The JLC may be self-appointed, but even self-appointed leaders should try to speak and behave like leaders. Mick Davis's recent comments show a startling lack of leadership and sense.

Everybody is entitled to their opinion but can anybody really hold a straight face and say the UK Jewish community is unwilling to criticise Israel? Most of us see no lack of debate.