JNF ri­val team named

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

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.

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