JNF rival team named
KEREN KAYEMETH LeIsrael (KKL) this week named the team who will oversee its new UK fundraising operation in rivalry to its former local associate, JNF UK.
The two organisations split two years ago after Israel-based KKL accused JNF of sending it too little of the funds raised from British Jewry.
Apart from Samuel Hayek, the London businessman who became chairman of KKL’s UK branch in September, the board members include former JNF deputy chairman Stanley Lovatt, who launched KKL Scotland earlier this year, and a former patron of JNF, David Lewis, owner of the Isrotel hotel chain.
The other board members are Michael Sinclair, executive chairman of Yoo Media and chairman of the media group Totally plc; Morris Mansour, a former banker and investment analyst: Vered Aharon, chairman of Young Hadassah UK and vice-president of the Doly Fashion chain; and Amnon Lion, chief executive of Zodiac Maritime Agencies.
Mr Hayek said: “We have elected a powerful board who are all committed as I am in ensuring that KKL-JNF’s mission continues in developing the land of Israel and increasing the money raised for charitable projects.”
He pledged the new leaders would “exhaust every avenue to find a peaceful settlement to the dispute with JNF”.
If no agreement can be reached, a High Court battle looms early next year over whether KKL has the rights to use the names “JNF” or “Jewish National Fund” for fundraising in Britain.