United Jewish Israel Appeal

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The United Jewish Israel Appeal states that it is 'UK Jewry’s commitment to Israel and the Jewish people'.[1]


Honorary Presidents

Honorary Vice-Presidents

The Lord Janner QC, Sir Jack Lyons, The Lord Mischon QC DL, Gerald M Ronson, Cyril Stein, Fred S Worms OBE


Sir Trevor Chinn CVO, Brian Kerner*

Vice Presidents

Ronald Preston, Stephen Rubin OBE, Sir Harry Solomon, Anthony Spitz


David M Cohen*

Vice Chairmen

Michael Bradfield*, Geoffrey Ognall*, Michael Ziff*

Campaign Chairman

Michael Lewis

Programme Chairman

Michael Goldstein

Renewal Chairman

Dr Anthony Warrens

Communications Chairman

Michael Bradfield*

Training and Development Chairman

Jerome Reback

Honorary Treasurer

Peter C Leach FCA*


Melvin Berwald, Sir Victor Blank, Andrew Brecher, Caroline Buchler, David Buchler, James Burchell, Sam Clarke*, Joy Cohen, Michael Davis, Allan Fisher, David Franklin, Alan Jacobs*, Stefan Kerner, Benjamin Leon* Natalie Lesser, Michael Lewis*, Steven Martin, Gary Phillips*, Jerome Reback*, Andrew Rubin, Carrie Rubin, William Sharron, Jo Wagerman OBE, Dr Anthony Warrens Roberta Wolens

Douglas Krikler - UJIA Chief Executive was awarded 33rd place in the Jewish Chronicle's top 100 'of those who wield the greatest influence on British Jewry' which reports him as 'running a tight ship'[2].

  • Trustees of the United Jewish Israel Appeal

UJIA Israel Chairman

David Franklin


Natan Golan

Campaign Chairman

Michael Lewis

Fundraising Director:

Ido Mazursky*

2004 Campaign Annual Dinner

Chairman: Gary Phillips

Legacy Division

Chairman: William Sharron FCA

Kol Nidre Appeal

Chairman: Jerome Reback

Patrons' Group Chairmen

Geoffrey Ognall

Next Generation Major Gifts


Gary Phillips



Alan Jacobs

Young Leadership National Chair People: Natalie Lesser

Thinktank: Adiran Brass

UJIA FC: Deborah Noy

Kulanu: Gabi Hersham, Julien Sallmard

Network2: Ben Novick

Birthright Israel: Jamie Singer, Natalie Rubinstein

Project T'nua: David Brown, Jo Miller

Ball Committee: Alyson Levy

Liverpool: Stephen Abenson

FuZion: Adam Clyne

Tempest: Shelley Harris, Richard Hyman

High Flyers: Nici Matlow

Time Out: Andrew Joseph

Business Division Fundraising Chairman: James Burchell

Property: James Burchell

Sports: Simon Bentley & Andy Rubin

Bench & Bar: David Waksman QC, Jane Mishcon

Women's UJIA Presidents: Helen Lee, Ruth Phillips, Joy Cohen

National Chairman: Carrie Rubin

Vice-Chairman: Wendy Cohen

Brighton: Sandra Carlton, Sandra Josyfon

Fylde: Elaine Adlestone

Leeds: Helena Clarke

Southend: Marilyn Salt, Shirley Shalet

Southport: Angella Carne

Kadima: Karen Gerrard

8 of Hearts: Alyson Levy

London and Southern Region Chairman: Ben Tobin

Barnet: David Freeman Belsize Square: Ben Lachman Bristol: Harold Seymour Bromley Reform: Eva Byk Bushey: Laurence Finger Catford: Warner Peterman Cockfosters, Palmers Green & Southgate: Jack Goulden Croydon: Warner Peterman Ealing: Franklyn Ellison Edgware: Anthony Blake, Michael Wernicke Finchley: Stafford Fertleman, Harry Klahr Guildford: Ray Wicksman Hampstead Garden Suburb: Daniel Knobil, Raymond Taylor Ben Tobin, Dr. Jeremy Marshall Hendon: Julian Kemble, Peter Wagerman Kenton: Allan Russell Kingston: Ronald Ison Middlesex New: Rabbi Simon Franses Newbury Park: Linda Stanton, Philippa Stanton New London: David Immanuel New North London: Nicholas Brill Northwood: Melvin Berwald Pinner: Antony Glass Radlett: Caroline Davidson, Tessa Rudnick, Anne Ingram, Lannis Spiro Radlett & Bushey Reform: Ruth Leveson Stanmore: Leo & Frances Lewis, Michael Wernicke South Hampstead: Andrew Maurice, Karen Lever Sutton: Mervyn Smith Wembley: Leila Cumber West London: John Barrard Wimbledon: Sidney Solomons, Michael Kelion, Dr. Simon Joseph Woodside Park: Brian Harris

Leeds Chairman: Martin Harris

Campaign Chairman: Ian Coupland

New Horizons: Tracy Sapier

Renewal Chairman: Richard Manning

Bradford: Roy Stroud OBE JP DL, Albert Waxman

Leicester: Avi Brandt

Newcastle: Freddie Ingram, Werner Maier

Nottingham: Mr & Mrs Leonard Gelblum

Sheffield: Dr Frada Wilenski

Manchester Life Presidents: Lionel Black, Norman Feingold Lord Leonard Steinberg

President: Joshua Rowe

Vice President: Eric Abrams, Jack Livingstone

Chairman: Dov Hamburger

Campaign Chairman: Keith Black

Renewal Chairman: Stephen Elias

Didsbury: Geoff Leinhardt

Hale & Bowden/Sale: Richard Sciama

Mili: Susan Abrams

Prestwich: Daniel Samuels

Whitefield: Mayer Hersh, Martin Sluckis

Scotland Glasgow

Campaign Co-Chairman: David Latter & Richard Pinder

Renewal Chairman: Adam Berkley

Liverpool Area Chairmen: Ed Abenson & Victor Huglin

Renewal Chairman: Barry Abenson

Liverpool: Edward Abenson

Fylde: Robert Pinkus

Southport: Angela Carne

Ireland Dublin

Honorary Secretary:

Len Bloomfield

Wales Cardiff & Treforest: Dr Raphael Cantor

Swansea: Harry Sherman

North East Area Birmingham: Dennis Marks

Bradford: Roy Stroud OBE JP DL, Albert Waxman

Leicester: Avi Brandt

Newcastle: Freddie Ingram, Werner Maier

Nottingham: Mr & Mrs Leonard Gelblum

Sheffield: Dr Frada Wilenski

Gibraltar Chairman: Michael Lewis

Treasurer: Eli Benamor

Jewish Renewal Chairman

Dr Anthony Warrens


Michael Wegier

UJIA-Makor Centre for Informal Education

Chairman: James Libson

Youth Movement Allocations Committee

Chairman: Miles Webber

Lifelong Learning Committee

Chairman: Sherry Begner

Adam Science Foundation Leadership Programme

Chairman: Avi Goldberg

Israel Experience Policy Group

Chairman: David Pliener

Educational Leadership Policy Group

Chairman: Dr Anthony Warrens

Research and Development Policy Group

President: Prof. Leslie Wagner

Chairman: Tony Danker

UJIA/Ashdown Fellowships

Chairman: Sir Harry Solomon

‘Partnership 2000’ Group

Chairman: Melvin Berwald

Glasgow Renewal Committee

Chairman: Adam Berkeley

Leeds Renewal Committee

Chairman: Richard Manning

Liverpool Renewal Committee

Chairman: Barry Davidson

Manchester Renewal Committee

Chairman: Stephen Elias

Newcastle Renewal Committee

Chairman: David Franks

Marketing and Communications Chairman

Michael Bradfield

Organisational Structure

Associated organisations


In November 2003 Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon gave a speech to the United Jewish Israel Appeal. In his speech he declared that he is a 'strong supporter' of Labour Friends of Israel and a good friend of Trevor Chinn[3].


Foreign Secretary David Miliband Hosting Annual UJIA Patrons Dinner

In 2008, David Miliband was a guest of honour and host at the Annual UJIA Partons Dinner. The event took place at the Foreign Office where Miliband welcomed 160 UJIA members. Miliband was introduced by UJIA President Trevor Chinn. At the dinner, Chinn 'recalled the time they spent together in Israel visiting Gap Year students' (during Miliband's first year as foreign secretary), he also described Milliband as a "clever and courageous Foreign Secretary.”

Miliband is reported to have said that it was “a privilege to be amongst friends”. In his speach he described the UJIA as “an organisation with an inclusive vision of Zionism” that the 'whole of Britain' can take inspiration from. He described the organiation as not being "scared to put itself in danger and teaches us that it is Israel which breathes new life into Jewish people".

Miliband also divulged that he had hosted the Foreign Office’s first Chanukah party in December 2007.

In giving thanks, UJIA Chairman Mick Davis spoke of his belief that 'Jewish identity is a healthy way of acknowledging Israel and is a legacy Jewish parents must leave their children'. In concluding he stated that these are needs that must to be met “today, tomorrow and forever.”[4].


  1. http://www.ujia.org.il/
  2. The Jewish Chronicle 'Others on the list: Numbers 31-100' 9th May 2008. Accessed 19th August 2008
  3. Hoon, G. (2003) Speech by Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon, to the United Jewish Israel Appeal. 13th November 2003. accessed 2nd July 2008
  4. UJIA David Miliband hosts UJIA Patrons Accessed 18th September 2008