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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rainbow Project recieves new minibus

April 25, 2008

Leeds Jewish Care Services’ Rainbow Project took delivery of a new minibus last week. The vehicle will give the residents transport to the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre as well as to weekly social clubs and other activities. The money to fund the vehicle was raised at a Leeds UJIA dinner, held at the centre last November. Pam Wisnia, manager of the Rainbow Project, said that the minibus will be used on average five or six times a day.

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Dan Patterson takes some comedy steps to reduce his carbon footprint

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

TV comedy producer Dan Patterson has been lending his humour to a more serious cause. The award-winning producer, perhaps best known for creating the hit improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, says he has been motivated to reduce his carbon footprint after hosting a UJIA Jewish media networking event last week.

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Royal party rather too exclusive for some

By Rachel Fletcher, April 11, 2008

Prince Edward became the first royal officially to participate in Israel’s independence celebrations at a JNF-UJIA dinner at Windsor Castle on Monday.

Standing in for his father, the Duke of Edinburgh who had been hospitalised with a chest infection several days earlier, the Earl of Wessex attended a champagne reception for the 300-strong gathering.

Even though he left before dinner, he greeted guests including Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.