Yachad raises over £90,000

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY SI­MON ROCKER

YACHAD, THE new Is­rael ad­vo­cacy group which cam­paigns for sup­port for a two-state so­lu­tion, raised £90,000 in its first year of ac­tiv­ity.

It at­tracted 26 do­na­tions of £1,000 or more in 2011 in­clud­ing two of at least £10,000, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished by the group.

It also claims a sup­port base of more than 2,000 peo­ple based on the num­ber of sub­scrip­tions to its in­for­ma­tion emails.

Found­ing di­rec­tor Han­nah We­is­feld said: “Our growth will put us on a par with any of the more well-known Is­rael or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“This year we would hope to raise what we raised last year and more, so we can grow. Since the re­port was pub­lished, we have prob­a­bly raised at least an­other £30,000.”

The group, which for­mally launched last May, ran three sem­i­nars for around 50 Bri­tish par­tic­i­pants in East Jerusalem over Pe­sach. “We took peo­ple from out­side London as well this time, in­clud­ing from Manch­ester and Glas­gow, so we are spread­ing out into the com­mu­nity,” Ms We­is­feld said.

It will also be run­ning pro­grammes there for five of the seven Zion­ist youth move­ments op­er­at­ing Is­rael sum­mer schemes this year: Noam (Ma­sorti), BBYO, Ljy-netzer (Lib­eral), Rsy-netzer (Re­form) and Habonim.

Ms We­is­feld took three stu­dents with her to the re­cent J Street con­fer­ence in the United States, who will be in charge of Yachad’s cam­pus strat­egy.

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