Israel Seventy North West Dinner
Israel Seventy North West Dinner brought together UJIA supporters from across the community, launching the 2019 appeal and the ‘Blue Bee’ campaign, supporting the Darca Danciger School in Kiryat Shmona.
In an evening that told the stories of seven individuals whose lives have been changed by UJIA, to celebrate 70 years since the founding of the state of Israel. The ‘7 stories’ included recipients of UJIA programmes, who also surprised guests in attending the dinner in person. The evening raised an incredible £805,000. The ‘Blue Bee’ campaign was also launched, in a pledge by UJIA Manchester to ask supporters to add 10% to their gift, contributing to a target of £500,000 over the next 5 years in support of Darca Danciger High School.
Darca Danciger High School school is the only general High School in Kiryat Shmona, with over 1000 students studying there, whilst living on the Lebanese Border and close to the Syrian border, an area which has suffered rocket attacks and huge instability. UJIA is supporting the much-needed refurbishment of the Darca Danciger High School and enhancement of educational programming and support within the school, to ensure that the teaching is of the highest possible standard, creating opportunities for students, staff and the broader community that would otherwise not be possible. The school is also in a partnership with King David School, enabling students to form unique relationships and connection to Israel.
Guests at the dinner also raised additional funds, filling tzedakah boxes with £70 to commemorate 70 years since the founding of the state of Israel. The tzedakah boxes were a generous gift from two families in memory of Norman Feingold, an inspiration to many in the Manchester Jewish community for his tireless efforts in raising funds for the people of Israel.
Lt. Col. Peter Lerner (Res), Former IDF International Spokesperson, spoke about 70 years of defending the State of Israel, his perspective on the current security situation and the diaspora-Israel relationship. Guests also enjoyed a guest performance from Winner of Israel’s Got Talent, magician Tomer Dudai.
Alan Hodari, Annual Dinner Chair, said “Our community has not just survived, but thrived, through education and honouring our collective responsibility to our extended family in Israel. We at UJIA Manchester have pledged to increase our campaign by 10% – setting a target of £500,000 over the next 5 years.The Blue Bee Campaign, in supporting students of Darca Danciger School and the people of Kiryat Shmona, will create opportunities for the most vulnerable communities in the North of Israel and cultivate a deep connection between the community and the Manchester Jewish community”.
Photography by Flix N Pix.