UJIA has paid tribute to its £100 million man — fundraiser Zalman Speigel — on his retirement after over 30 years’ service.
The £100 million is the estimate of the sum generated by Mr Speigel and his fundraising abilities were praised by UJIA vice-chairman Geoffrey Ognall and chief executive Doug Krikler at a farewell party.
Other UJIA leaders sent messages recognising his contribution, both financially and in terms of his understanding of the community in Britain and Israel.
Mr Speigel had been a youth leader and a physics teacher before becoming a full-time fundraiser — “they are all people businesses,” he noted.
His expertise had helped to boost proceeds from the Kol Nidre Appeal, trade and business committees, the London division and the major gifts campaign. But he highlighted the support of “my fundraising colleagues and my lay leadership”.
Many members of his family were at the farewell reception, including his sister-in-law, who travelled from Israel.