Over 430 guests gathered at the Hilton Manchester this week for the UJIA North-West annual dinner, raising £753,000 to go towards the charity’s projects and programmes in Israel and the UK. Communal leaders and distinguished guests, including former UK Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould, convened against the backdrop of UJIA’s new campaign, “Securing our Future”.
UJIA Manchester Chair Nici Wertheim welcomed guests and spoke of UJIA’s activities and achievements over the past year. On the current situation in Israel, she commented, “Israel is an inseparable part of us – we mourn all the victims in these recent weeks of madness.”
I interviewed Guest speaker, Matthew Gould was interviewed on a range of issues covering his time as UK envoy, the ever evolving relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jewry and the power of social media. The new Director of Cyber Security and Information Assurance at the Cabinet Office praised UJIA’s work, saying, “I support UJIA as it adds to the life of Israel… it sustains a link between us and Israel. A golden thread for the Diaspora community in the UK.”