Israel Seventy Scotland Dinner
The UJIA Scotland Israel Seventy Anniversary Dinner brought together over 150 UJIA supporters from across the community, pledging their commitment to UJIA, for the first time in years – raising £70,000.
The evening launched the 2019 appeal, and focused on the work UJIA continues to do, in strengthening vulnerable communities in Israel and creating lifelong bonds between Scottish youth and the people of Israel. UJIA’s work in Scotland is delivering and investing in programmes to ensure this bond is sustained, by engaging Jewish pupils in schools, The Ethiopian Bar/Bat Mitzvah Programme, Israel Tour and a heritage trip to Poland.
In an evening which celebrated 70 years since the founding of the state of Israel and UJIA’s vital work, guests heard from Amy, age 17 (a resident at Carmiel Children’s Village) who has directly benefitted from UJIA’s support this year. “The Village gave us the things we couldn’t have growing up. It’s given me the support I needed, a family and a home”. Carmiel Children’s Village is home to over 200 at-risk children who are unable to live with their families. UJIA has built one home and is currently supporting the construction of a further two at the village.
Lt. Col. Peter Lerner (Res), Former IDF International Spokesperson, was in conversation with UJIA Chief Executive, Michael Wegier at the Scotland dinner. Guests also enjoyed a guest performance from award-winning writer and comedian Mark Maier.
UJIA Scotland Dinner Chair, Dan Kersh told guests, “I initially became involved primarily to ensure that our younger generation here in Scotland had an appreciation of Judaism and the intrinsic link it has with Israel. In recent months, the political events have brought me closer to Israel which in turn helped me realise why UJIA plays such an important role.”
UJIA Scotland Regional Manager, Charlene Blake said “We were delighted by the success of the evening. I am humbled that the Scottish community have reignited their spark with UJIA. We are the link between this community and Israel, and have a responsibility to our youth to ensure that connection continues for years to come.”
The evening was sponsored by The Walton Foundation and supported by Edzell Property Management, Pets ‘n’ Vets, Moira & Eddie Dantzic.
Photography by: Dean Edwards Photography