Exit Blog: Eldan Kaye

July 16, 2019 | Blog

We spoke with Eldan Kaye, UJIA Northern Regional Director, as he moves on to be Head of Partnerships at the Darca Schools Network.

by Eldan Kaye

What’s your UJIA journey? How and when did you first get involved with UJIA?
August 2014, I moved to Manchester from Israel especially for the role of Regional Director. However, my Dad made Aliyah with Habonim Dror in 1981 and so I suppose my UJIA journey began before I was born!

How long have you been at UJIA?
5 years. I have loved every moment of it.

Tell us about some of your highlights at UJIA.
Three memorable highlights (and there are many more!) are the Israel North 2 South Bike Ride in 2017 which raised a record £200,000; the 2017 Annual Dinner in Manchester with Miri Eisin and Elon Gold; and the Glasgow dinner in November 2018 which put us back on the map after a lengthy hiatus.

Go into what you think is important for Jewish people in the UK to know. 
UJIA plays a significant role in the future of the Jewish Community. Without UJIA’s work, the link to Israel for future generations will fade.

What advice would you give young Jewish people growing up in the UK?
Go and explore for yourself. Don’t listen to one opinion or one media outlet. The risk of a single-narrative story is vast. Israel is complicated and you won’t agree or love everything but do yourself a favour and see it in your own eyes.

What will you miss the most?
The weather 😂 (just joking)… The Manchester community which has been so warm and welcoming. Truly made us feel at home!

Final thoughts.
I am delighted that I get to continue my relationship with UJIA. This time as one of the partner organisations – the Darca Schools Network as l’ll be their new Head of Partnerships.

Thanks so much for everything you’ve done for us and we wish you the best of luck! 🤗