Communal groups unite to host Israel 70th celebration at Royal Albert Hall

Last year the United Synagogue announced its own event, raising fears it would clash with the Jewish Leadership Council's plans


An agreement has been struck for three of the largest communal organisations jointly to host a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel, after fears of clashes between different groups’ plans.

In  November the United Synagogue (US) announced its own event, at the Royal Albert Hall on May 24, raising fears it would conflict with an event organised by the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), and backed by other communal organisations.

But now the JLC, the UJIA and Israel Bonds have agreed with the US to take over the hosting of the gala.

Jonathan Goldstein, chair of the JLC, said: “Israel’s 70th anniversary is a monumental event – for our Jewish homeland and for our Jewish community.

“It is only fitting for British Jews to come together in the Royal Albert Hall, one of the world’s most historic and iconic buildings, to loudly and proudly celebrate Israel.”

Michael Goldstein, the president of the US and the brother of Jonathan Goldstein, added that cooperation between the two organisations will “ensure all members of the community will together celebrate Israel and its centrality in our lives”.

Israel was founded on May 14 1948, but the country will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding, according to the Hebrew calendar, on April 18 and 19.

The evening’s programme will feature performances from leading Israeli artists, musicians and contemporary dancers. Organisers have said “senior UK and Israeli figures” will be in attendance.

Tickets go on sale later this month.

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