Yachad raises over £90,000
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.