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Registered: 27 August 2008
The ZF was founded in 1899 and helped create support for the establishment of the State of Israel. Today we promote Israel's case and defend our common future. History The Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland was established in 1899 to campaign for a permanent homeland for the Jewish people. At that time, Palestine was a distant and neglected province of the Turkish Empire with a Jewish population of approximately 50,000. Herzl was working towards obtaining permission for Jews to settle in Palestine but had reached deadlock in his negotiations with the Sultan. In the United Kingdom, the leaders of the Jewish Community had not shown support to the Zionist Movement and it was left to the few committed members of the Zionist Federation, men and women of faith and vision who were convinced that history and truth were on their side to support Herzl. It was from this narrow base that the Zionist Federation became the centre of which Chaim Weizmann and his small band of British Zionists waged their struggle for a Jewish State. In 1917, the Balfour Declaration was communicated to Lord Rothschild and the letter from the British Foreign Secretary concluded "I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation". During the next 30 years London became the centre of the World Zionist Movement. In the Zionist Federation's home at 77 Great Russell Street the Jewish Agency established its main political office and conducted government negotiations whilst the Zionist Federation secured Jewish and general support as well as financial assistance for the movement. Among others, it was the leadership of the Zionist Federation who founded WIZO, UJIA, JNF and Youth movements. After the establishment of Israel, many of the graduates of the Zionist Federation became leaders in the new State. In 1954 the Zionist Federation via the Zionist Federation Education Trust (now known as Scopus) created a network of Zionist Day Schools to educate Jewish children in the spirit of Zionism. The Zionist Federation Education Trust set up 14 schools with over 5000 pupils. The British Zionist Federation was also the first in the world to set up its own office in Israel to assist in the integration of British Olim. The Zionist Federation today represents the UK Zionist Movement more than 120 organisations, and over 50,000 affiliated members. Aims and Objectives Its function is to support, co-ordinate and facilitate the work of all its affiliates nationwide, and to continue its commitment to the Zionist youth movements. The Zionist Federation aims to encourage the participation of Jews in Zionist activities including education, culture, Hebrew language and Israel information, underpinned by our belief that the main goal of Zionism is Aliyah. The Zionist Federation is an umbrella organisation encompassing most of the Zionist organizations and individuals in the country and, as such, represents the Zionist movement in the United Kingdom. At the present time, when the Jewish world is changing beyond recognition, the Zionist Federation has taken on the modern role of making Israel part of the life of every Jew. This is done by co-ordinating the central national Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration, organising seminar in Israel, arranging lectures and conferences to address contemporary issues, having monthly Hebrew discussion groups, supporting our Zionist youth and young leadership and producing publications. During 1997, to celebrate 100 years of Zionism the Zionist Federation marked 100 years of British Zionist achievement by taking a group of British Zionists on an educational seminar to Israel. The Federation continues the 100 years theme by commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and organising a special weekend seminar on Zionism 100 to include our annual Israel Conference together with organising and participating in many other activities including: a trip to Sweden, young leadership seminars, trips to Israel

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Deadline for applications for ZF writing course

By ZF, May 31, 2013
Time:
Monday 10 June
10:00am - 11:00am

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YOM HA’ATZMAUT. Israel 65 Gala Concert at WEMBLEY ARENA

By ZF, February 15, 2013
Time:
Tuesday 16 April
6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Invention & Innovation in Israeli medicine

By ZF, January 29, 2013
Time:
Thursday 7 February
7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Lobby at House of Commons

By ZF, January 8, 2013
Time:
Wednesday 23 January
11:00am - 5:00pm

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Knowledge Seminar for Israel Advocates

By ZF, September 19, 2012
Time:
Sunday 28 October
10:00am - 3:00pm

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Basic Technical Course for Israel Advocacy

By ZF, September 12, 2012
Time:
Sunday 23 September
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Israeli & GB Olympians in Marathon

By ZF, August 2, 2012
Time:
Sunday 12 August
11:00am - 1:00pm

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ZF Writing Course for Israel Advocates

By ZF, April 4, 2012
Time:
Sunday 20 May
1:00pm

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ZF Fighting Anti-Israel Media Bias

By ZF, March 12, 2012
Time:
Monday 19 March
8:00pm - 11:00pm

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ZFCounter Demonstration on Tuesday 27th December 2011 1pm-3pm

By ZF, December 21, 2011
Time:
Tuesday 27 December
1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Rally celebrate the release of Gilad Shalit from captivity

By ZF, October 17, 2011
Time:
Tuesday 18 October
6:00pm - 9:00pm

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Israeli WIne Tasting

By ZF, October 12, 2011
Time:
Thursday 17 November
8:00pm - 10:00pm

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Shwarma Showdown 2011

By ZF, October 12, 2011
Time:
Sunday 30 October
8:00pm - 11:00pm

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Israel Connect European Young Leadership Conference

By ZF, October 10, 2011
Time:
Monday 10 October
8:35am - 10 November 2011, 4:00pm

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