Closer to Israel - Sunday 2nd June 2013

The UK Jewish and pro-Israel community will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel with a major outdoor community event, entitled "Closer to Israel" on June 2nd in Central London. Comprising a vibrant street parade, followed by the coming together of parade participants, spectators and supporters for a celebratory finale, it will represent the diversity and spirit that makes our community.

The decision to hold this event was taken by the heads of major communal organisations at a meeting of the Jewish Leadership Council earlier this year. A delivery group chaired by Doug Krikler and comprising representatives of the JLC, UJIABoard of DeputiesWIZO UKCST and ZF will be responsible for organising the event.

Closer to Israel will also be the over-arching brand and umbrella for a programme of year-round grass roots activities, led by Board of Deputies Senior Vice-President Laura Marks.

Closer to Israel will be a fantastic opportunity to show the extent to which Israel remains a central part of our collective communal identity. We hope that there will be representation from as many community groups and organisations as possible. There are a variety of ways to get involved and show your support - for more information, email themainevent@closertoisrael.org.uk.