The United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) works to help guarantee a sustainable and positive future for the people of Israel’s Galil and the Jewish community in the UK. UJIA sees young people as the key to securing this future and as such builds its programmes around youth and education. The organisation believes that the future of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora are dependent upon each other, thus creating a ‘Living Bridge’ between the two communities.
In the north of Israel, the UJIA has established a number of initiatives in the Galil region, working with Jewish and non-Jewish communities in the area. They include community transformation programmes, upgrading schools and a variety of individual local projects. These are intended to strengthen the region’s social infrastructure and indirectly provide a significant boost to the local economy.
In the UK the UJIA’s flagship programme is ‘Israel Experience’, which aims to connect young Jewish people to their heritage and heartland. Every year more than 2,500 young people visit Israel on a dedicated educational programme. In conjunction with this, the UJIA supports Jewish Youth Movements and the Union of Jewish Students, whilst also funding a number of young adult educational initiatives including Limmud.
“Working in the Galil where half the population is not Jewish, we at UJIA are acutely aware that this critical region can only develop if development benefits all its communities, with a shared stake in the future. UJIA enthusiastically support the Task Force in its mission to inform our Community in the UK about how engagement with non-Jewish communities will support all our efforts to support Israel and its secure, prosperous and peaceful future.”
Douglas Krikler, Chief Executive, UJIA
7 January 2017
In soccer cleats with scraped knees, 150 kids from 12 elementary schools took to a Jaffa pitch on Tuesday for their January tournament organized by an organization called Sha’ar Shivyon, known as “The Equalizer” in English. Kids from nearly every sector of Israeli society – Jewish, Arab, children of asylum-seekers, religious and secular – hurdled up and down the soccer pitch.
14 December 2016
Sessions at Limmud Conference on issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel Including the excluded: the need for involving Arab voices at every
17 July 2016
Twenty-four very excited boys and girls from across Israel arrived at the President’s House in Jerusalem recently to take a group picture with President Rivlin and to tell him about their participation in The Equalizer (Sha’ar Shivyon in Hebrew), a national educational and sports organization that brings some of the most marginalized children together through their love of football (soccer).
Founder and Executive Director Liran Gerassi says UJIA’s support over the past three years made it possible to expand to the north and build capacity and management capabilities.
27 October 2015
On Thursday 15 October, Avirama Golan, co-chair of Sikkuy, gave a lunchtime lecture at UJIA and the Board of Deputies on the topic of why Arab citizens are needed in Israel's labour market. Golan explained that in order for Arab citizens to be better integrated into the Israeli workforce, the government needs to invest in numerous areas such as transportation infrastructure, health, housing, and education.
EVENT REPORT: The State of Education and Employment Among Arab Citizens of Israel with Dan Ben-David
9 June 2015
On 9 June the UK Task Force and Tel Aviv University Trust (TAUT) hosted a briefing with Dan Ben-David at UJIA, where he discussed the
10 April 2015
I’ve never been a huge sports fan. I’ve never really followed any professional sport. And football? As a Canadian, soccer was never really on anyone’s mind,