On Monday evening, a global audience of over 3000 people tuned into a Yom Hazikaron commemoration ceremony hosted by UJIA’s Manchester Committee. The ceremony was addressed by Zohara and Moshe Haiman, who spoke from their home in Israel about the example of courage and excellence set by their late son, Yuval, who was killed in combat during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, after terrorists invaded from Gaza. Chazan Tsvi Weiss sang El Malei Rachamim live from the Jerusalem Great Synagogue.

Watch the full ceremony below: 


The  Yom Hazikaron event reflects the steps UJIA is taking to adapt its Israel engagement programming to the constraints of the pandemic. The organisation has launched an online ulpan for children of school age to learn Hebrew and partnered with  PJ Library this month to send Israel related books to over 7800 children in the UK, each containing Israel themed activities for children to do during lockdown.


UJIA Chairman Louise Jacobs commented:


“We’re so pleased UJIA was able to provide a platform this week for British Jews to celebrate Israel and commemorate those who have given their lives for it. Being connected to Israel is vital for us as a community and UJIA will continue to explore ways to stay engaged with Israel despite the current constraints.”