UJIA Israel Seventy Anniversary Dinner
We were honoured to welcome Prime Minister Theresa May at the UJIA Israel 70 Anniversary Dinner, in what was an electric evening including over eight hundred supporters of UJIA from across the Jewish community. In an event themed by seventy years since the founding of the State of Israel, the Dinner celebrated Israel’s achievements and looked forward to Israel’s aspirations in building a shared society. Prime Minister Theresa May affirmed the work of UJIA and made an impassioned stance against antisemitism: “my answer to the voices of antisemitism is that we will defeat you……my answer to those who say they are fearful, is to say I will always stand with you. And my answer to the first step that you can take tonight to help build a brighter and more hopeful future for our children and grandchildren – is to back the UJIA.”
In a video address to the UJIA community, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin said, “We are a people driven by the idea of what could be. So now I ask you to join me in looking forward. Looking forward to the future we might build together for our people and the country we all love so much. I thank you, UJIA, for all you are doing for promoting the Jewish values of equal opportunities with the State of Israel, for your efforts to create an Israel hope, ‘Tikva Yisraelit.’ For strengthening Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”
Communal leaders and distinguished guests including HE Ambassador Mark Regev and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner of Reform Judaism, Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg of the Masorti movement, Rabbi Joseph Dweck of the Spanish & Portuguese communities and Rabbi Danny Rich of Liberal Judaism also attended. The evening was sponsored by Currency UK and Israel Bonds.
Photography by Blake Ezra photography.