Zionist Federation

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.


ZF cancels talks by lecturer with anti-Islamist links

By Simon Rocker, December 4, 2014

The Zionist Federation this week cancelled appearances at three Jewish schools by an outspoken Israeli academic following concerns about his links to an anti-Islamist activist banned from Britain.

Dr Mordechai Kedar, an expert on Israeli Arabs who regularly appears to defend Israel on Arabic stations such as Al Jazeera, was due to begin a speaking tour on Wednesday night.


Pro-Israel groups urge Sir Martin Sorrell to boycott Iran trade talks

By Josh Jackman, October 14, 2014

Advertising mogul Sir Martin Sorrell has been urged not to speak at a conference promoting trade between Europe and Iran because of the Middle East country’s “antisemitic” and “anti-Israel” government.

Groups including the Zionist Federation (ZF) wrote an open letter to Sir Martin, who owns advertising giant WPP, asking him to reconsider attending the two-day forum in London.