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.


Miliband tells UJIA that Britain ‘won’t duck’ Iran’s nuclear threat

By Jenni Frazer, July 18, 2008

Foreign Secretary David Miliband paid a warm and emotional tribute to the Anglo-Jewish community on Wednesday, along with a trenchant warning that Iran’s nuclear ambitions were “a challenge that Britain will not duck” for the sake of stability for Israel and the whole of the Middle East.

The Foreign Secretary was the guest of honour at UJIA’s annual patrons’ dinner, held in the Foreign Office’s Locarno Rooms, where, he reminded guests, the seven Locarno Treaties had been signed in December 1925.


UJIA’s dinner dilemma

By Simon Round, July 11, 2008
Word reaches us of a terrible dilemma confronting UJIA. It’s being strongly rumoured that Gordon Brown has been pencilled in as the main speaker for their autumn fundraising dinner. Which, under other political circumstances, would be lovely — except that Mr Brown’s prospects are not currently looking too rosy. So we hear that there has been some concern within the organisation — the word “panic” has been used — about whether they should think again, just in case he is not the PM at that point. A spokeswoman promises to get back to us, but somehow never does. Very politic.


Lessons of Shalit’s story

July 11, 2008

Activities about captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have been a feature of a visit this week by teachers from the Kerner Primary in Meona, Northern Israel, to the Clore Tikva Primary in Redbridge under the aegis of the UJIA Schools to Schools project.

During his time as a Kerner pupil, Gilad Shalit wrote a story about the morality of friendship and peace which was discovered at the school after his capture.

The story has since been published in Israel with illustrations by Israeli artists.


Hikers climb Froggatt Edge for UJIA's Chalom B'Merom

July 11, 2008

Braving last Sunday's rain, 22 hikers raised more than £4,000 for UJIA's Chalom B'Merom programme. The Manchester hikers, aged between 16 and 60, walked nearly seven miles in the Peak District and climbed Froggatt Edge. Manchester UJIA director Ilana Ray said: "We didn't care about the rain - we are proud to fund this programme." The project funds extra-curricular education for children in the Merom HaGalil region.


UJIA to sponsor Maccabiah team

June 13, 2008

The UJIA is to be the official team sponsor of Maccabi GB for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games. Maccabi GB plans to take its largest ever squad to the Games in Israel in July 2009. Up to 10,000 athletes will represent 57 countries in the largest diaspora gathering in Israel.


Glasgow guests enjoy passport privileges

By Lindy Markson, May 16, 2008

The 700 arrivals at Glasgow’s Israel at 60 party at Eastwood Park, Giffnock, received “passports” to enter a mock-up of Ben Gurion airport lounge and then an Israeli market place. Their target was to win prizes by collecting stamps for activities including making kites, jewellery and key rings and decorating a cookie.

Other popular pursuits were face painting and a quiz challenge from JLGB.


Magical visitors

May 2, 2008

One-hundred Israeli teenagers from UJIA’s partnership region in the Galil will be hosted by 14 UK communities for the 2008 Magic Moments programme.

The youngsters — who will be here for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Atzmaut — will visit schools and community centres to forge ties with their British counterparts. A highlight will be a Yom Hazikaron/Yom Atzmaut ceremony which they will prepare and lead.


UJIA praises Leslie Silver's support

May 2, 2008

Stalwart Zionist Leslie Silver has received a certificate for 60 years’ support of Israel. Unable to attend a recent UJIA fundraiser when a presentation ceremony was due to be held, the former Leeds United chairman was presented with the award at his Alwoodley home. Howard Foreman, UJIA North East regional director, said: “Mr Silver has done incredible work for Israel.” Born in London in 1925, Mr Silver moved to Leeds in 1940.


Israeli ambassador speaks of hardships

April 25, 2008

Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor told an audience of 200 people of the dangers that Israel faces. Speaking at the annual UJIA fundraising dinner at Etz Chaim Synagogue Mr Prosor said: “Day in, day out, Israel is under fire.” UJIA regional director Howard Foreman said that the event was planned as a celebration of Israel’s 60th and to show how communities benefit from UJIA donors.