UJIA Annual Dinner 2017
In an evening that looked firmly to the future, the UJIA Annual Dinner brought home the charity’s vision of a strong British Jewry with a lifelong commitment to Israel. The flagship communal event raised £3.1 million for vital programmes in the UK and Israel, at a time when a strong bond with Israel cannot be taken for granted.
Communal leaders and distinguished guests, including Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, attended the flagship event at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Masorti’s Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, and Rabbi Joseph Dweck of the Spanish & Portuguese communities were also present, along with supporters of UJIA of all ages.
Guests were privileged to hear from the Former Chief of the General Staff of the IDF Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, who gave a strategic overview of the Middle East. He identified Israel’s strengths and accomplishments but said that the country looks to the Jewish Disapora to partner in strengthening the fabric of the socioeconomic periphery:
“I see what you are doing in UJIA, all the projects you do in education, all the projects you do up in the Galilee. This is very, very important in strengthening Israel and it really takes me to the very fact that we are sharing the same ideas, we are sharing the same vision, we are nothing but partners.”
The UJIA annual dinner was sponsored by OurCrowd and Kirkland & Ellis.