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UJIA women do lunch

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-03-21

Journalist Jonathan Freedland was the keynote speaker at the UJIA's annual women's luncheon which saw nearly 300 women attend the event at the Dorchester Hotel in central London.

Freedland used the opportunity to launch his first novel, The Righteous Men which was written under his pseudonym Sam Bourne and also lead an interview with fellow guest speaker Brigadier General Gershon Hacohen, who lead Israel's Gaza Disengagement last year.

This year's luncheon marked the 35th since they started and saw a number of high profile women attend including Sigalia Hefetz, the wife of the Ambassador of Israel to the UK.

Guest speakers spoke of the work the women's division of the UJIA does and noted a number of projects it is supporting both in the UK and Israel including helping young people go on tour to Israel as well as providing resources to support a computer programming course for disadvantaged children in Israel.

"The UJIA Annual Women's Luncheon quite rightly remains a highlight of the UJIA calendar. It is wonderful to see so many high profile women showing their support of the UJIA," said UJIA Women's division manager Shoshana Copeland. "Jonathan Freedland and Brigadier General Gershon Hacohen were a winning formula, captivating and thrilling the audience."

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