Zionist Federation

Anger as Peres exits ZF dinner for sushi supper

By Sandy Rashty, May 28, 2015

Shimon Peres skipped the kosher main course at the Zionist Federation gala dinner to dine at a central London Japanese restaurant, the JC understands.

The former Israel president - who is believed to have been paid a six-figure sum to attend last week's fundraiser - left immediately after conducting an on-stage interview with an Israeli-Arab journalist in front of the 900 guests.


Alan Aziz to leave Zionist Federation to head JNF

By Rosa Doherty, May 26, 2015

Zionist Federation director Alan Aziz has announced that he is leaving to become the CEO of JNF.

Mr Aziz, who worked for the ZF for 15 years, said he had “decided to move from one iconic Zionist institution to another”.

He added: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege, even at the toughest of times, to defend and promote Israel in the UK.


Shimon Peres, a true legend

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

Every year, communal organisations compete to secure the services of a top speaker who will bring in the crowds, and as a result, the big bucks.

On Sunday night, the Zionist Federation pulled in a 900-person crowd, who flocked to the central London Grosvenor Hotel (at £250 a head) to hear guest speaker Shimon Peres in conversation with Israeli Arab journalist Lucy Aharish.


Shimon Peres insists two-state solution is best way for Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

Former president Shimon Peres has reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state solution to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.


Lord Weidenfeld honoured with Theodor Herzl Award

By Rosa Doherty, April 28, 2015

The World Jewish Congress has honoured Lord Weidenfeld with its prestigious Theodor Herzl Award.

The peer received the accolade at a gala dinner at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on Tuesday.

The award recognises those who work to carry forward Herzl’s ideals for a safer, more tolerant world for the Jewish people.

Herzl was one of the founding fathers of modern Zionism.


Shimon Peres in hospital for checks after “feeling unwell”

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

Shimon Peres pulled out of a business event on Monday after complaining of feeling unwell.

According to Israeli journalist Niv Elis, the 91-year-old former Israeli president was taken to hospital for checks.

Mr Peres was due to speak at an event for start-up company KamaTech which brings Orthodox engineers into the Israeli high-tech sector.


Shimon Peres to be guest of honour at London dinner

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2015

Shimon Peres will be the guest speaker at the Zionist Federation’s gala dinner in London in May.

The former Israeli president will be honoured by the charity with a special tribute night in front of an expected 1,000 diners.

Mr Peres, who retired as Israel’s head of state in July last year, has not spoken in Britain since 2008.


Shul bans fail to derail Israeli academic's tour

By Simon Rocker, December 11, 2014

The Zionist Federation claims a tour by Israeli academic Mordechai Kedar was a success, despite a further cancellation by one synagogue this week.

Dr Kedar was due to speak at three schools but they were pulled by the ZF after the Board of Deputies voiced concerns over his links to Pamela Geller, the anti-Islamist American activist banned from the UK last year.


Finchley Synagogue cancels talk by controversial academic Mordechai Kedar

By Simon Rocker, December 8, 2014

A leading United Synagogue has cancelled a talk tomorrow night by a controversial Israeli academic.

Dr Mordechai Kedar, of Bar-Ilan University, who is here on a speaking tour organised by the Zionist Federation, was due to speak at Finchley United Synagogue.


Should Mordechai Kedar speak in the UK?

December 4, 2014

YES, says Paul Charney

What’s worse than a call for a boycott of an Israeli academic?

A call for a boycott of an Israeli academic from within our community.