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Local Activities

In addition to the many projects UIA NSW supports in Israel, we are also actively involved in many ways in the local community. We are always seeking out new and creative ways to show more work of the UIA to the community with the hope of strengthening their connection with Israel.

Seniors Social Club

Our successful UIA Seniors Social Club was launched three years ago and holds monthly get-togethers. These are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the UIA Darlinghurst office and on the second Wednesday of the month in the North Shore. Over 40 enthusiastic senior members of our community meet over morning tea to discuss the current situation in Israel with our UIA NSW Shaliach, Sagi Ben Yosef. This is often followed by a special guest speaker to educate or entertain on different topics. If you want to join the group, please call the UIA office on 9361 4273.

 

 

Boardroom Lunches

In keeping with our strategy of maintaining and nurturing relationships with our donors, the UIA holds a number of Boardroom lunches throughout the year with high caliber and interesting speakers. Boardroom lunches are an important forum to keep our donors up-todate both with the works of the UIA and the current situation in Israel.

 

 

 

Schools

UIA NSW is active at local Jewish and non Jewish schools. Regular speaking engagements take place with our Shaliach Sagi Ben Yosef as well as guest speakers from Israel. Many schools now hold annual mufti or charity days for UIA. The UIA has been successfully running “The UIA ROOTS Project” for the past three years. This project requires students to trace their family history and discover interesting facts about their heritage. The ROOTS Project familiarizes the students with the UIA and strengthens their connection to Israel. They learn what it means to be part of the world-wide Jewish family. The project has been well received by the Jewish Day Schools and we are excited to see that more schools are including it as part of their curriculum.

 

Arava

In 1995 the Jewish Agency together with Keren Hayesod-UIA launched “Partnership 2000”.

This program addresses two main challenges:

1. Developing priority areas in Israel such as: the Negev, Galilee and Jerusalem.

2. Building a living bridge between Israelis and Jews in the Diaspora to promote Jewish continuity and strengthening of the bond with Israel.

One of the special things about this program is the continued bond between the Youth in Australia and the Israeli Arava students. This is the essence of the partnership between Israel and world Jewry which is central to the work of the UIA. NSW School participants come from – Moriah College, Masada College, Emanuel School and BJE.