UJIA is the largest Jewish charity in the UK working with young people and focusing on strengthening Jewish identity and a connection to Israel through formal and informal educational programmes.
UJIA has spent the last ten years investing in programmes that make Judaism and Israel inspiring, relevant and accessible to young people, reaching thousands of youth in traditional settings like Youth Movements, as well as Jewish pupils in mainstream schools who would otherwise have no Jewish content in their daily lives.
In northern Israel, UJIA works with all residents of the multicultural Galil region, regenerating and transforming communities through educational upgrades, working with at-risk youth and promoting economic regeneration through many local projects.
These all strengthen the region’s social infrastructure and provide a significant boost to the local economy. We also fund projects for sustainable employment, providing small business support and vocational training.
UJIA also promotes direct ‘people-to-people’ links between our community and the people of the Galil, to build long-term, mutually strengthening relationships. Programmes encourage children to explore Judaism and Zionism and experience the wonders and challenges of the Jewish state – as well as enabling Israelis to understand Jewish life in the UK. These programmes are inspiring the next generation to understand the role of Israel in Jewish identity – and why a Diaspora community like ours is important to Israel.
Updates about the UJIA
Dr Helena Miller, UJIA Director of Research & Education, provides an update on the first meeting on the JLC youth commission, a project run in partnership with UJIA. On April 10th, UJIA trustee and JRJ Group partner Jeremy Isaacs chaired the first meeting of the JLC Commission on Jewish Youth. The twelve commissioners include Kate Bearman, […]
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The following letter was published in the Jewish Chronicle on 10th of February 2012: We, members of the largely male leadership of Britain’s Jewish community, write to urge both men and women to complete the survey launched today by the Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership (CWJL), an initiative of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), […]
Some JLC member organisations, youth groups and regional communities benefit immeasurably from the input of shlichim, temporary emissaries from Israel. Shlichim spend a temporary period of time in the UK, working with the community to enhance the relationship between UK Jewry and Israel and often providing particular input in the arena of Jewish education. The […]
A consequence of the introduction of University tuition fees has been additional financial pressure upon students who take a gap year before university. The impact this year has been particularly acute, with students effectively being landed with a £9000 bill which would not have applied had they chosen not to defer. Israel gap year schemes […]