See how we are engaging the next generation in the UK
As a community, we know we have challenges, particularly in engaging with a younger generation so that Jewish life is relevant to them. And with an increasingly hostile anti-Israel atmosphere in the UK, and the parallel rise in anti-Semitism, particularly on campus, young people need to have an even stronger foundation for their self-confidence as Jewish people.
UJIA has been the key funder for youth movements, Israel Experience programmes, student programmes, and schools programmes for more than two decades. In all we invest £1.9 million a year in these programmes. We haven’t just voiced the truism that the future of the community depends on its young people – we’ve acted on it.
The extensive range of programmes creates a ladder of Jewish engagement. The result is not just that we get new dynamic leaders, but the level of Jewish involvement and participation across the generation is vastly higher: we reach more than 11,000 Jewish young people in the UK each year. We are helped in doing this because we are lucky – we have Israel. Israel is an incredibly powerful driver of Jewish identity and we put Israel at the heart of all our education programmes.
The Jewish story is one of extraordinary resilience and longevity. Across the generations, our ancestors have kept the flame alive, often in the face of terrible persecution. Our job is to pass on our Jewish heritage and love of Israel to the next generation, as previous generations did for us.
Each of us has a choice. We can be spectators of the Jewish story, or we can be participants, making our mark.
UJIA is the mainstay of a dozen Jewish youth movements in the UK, and provides key funding and support for their Israel Tours and Israel Gap Year schemes.
UJIA Ethiopian Bar/Batmitzvah programme
Decline in size of UK Jewish population since its post-war peak
Proportion of students at the UJIA-supported Western Galilee college who are women
Merom Hagalil’s income is almost 40% below the national average
Our programmes directly reach 11,500 young Jewish lives in the UK each year
Young people sent on UJIA-supported Israel tour, gap year and other Israel experience programmes last year
School students benefiting from our UJIA JAMS programme in the last year