UJIA Annual Dinner 2015 – Gallery

September 22, 2015 | See UJIA

In an impassioned address to over 800 guests at the UJIA Annual Dinner, Chairman Bill Benjamin warned of a disengagement today with Jewish life and the need to secure our future. He told supporters, “We are worried about the political and cultural atmosphere where we are uncomfortable expressing our pride at being Jewish and our unflagging support for the people of Israel.” The event, sponsored by The Reuben Foundation, raised £3.5 million for UJIA’s vital programmes and projects in the UK and Israel. Guest speaker David Horovitz, the founding editor of the Times of Israel website, and former Editor-in-Chief of the Jerusalem Post, spoke of the challenges facing Israel today, describing the Jewish homeland as “a cocoon, a country that strives not merely to survive but to survive while acting morally against enemies who exploit that, to an often gullible international community.” He urged the UK Jewish community to help boost Israel, and praised UJIA for its ‘incredibly important work in developing the Galilee, in fostering centres of excellence in Israel’s north, and backing Birthright and other programmes in Israel that energise young British Jews”.