Liberal Judaism has appointed Daniel Needlestone as its first ever
Israel and Diaspora Officer as part of the movement's long-term
commitment to supporting a progressive and democratic Israel. Daniel is
a member of the national council of the Zionist Federation,
currently serves as co-chair of Pro-Zion and is founder and chair of the
UK Jewish Teachers Association. He is also a regular Limmud activist,
cheder teacher, and a graduate of the UJIA Adam Science programme.
Daniel will work closely with Liberal Judaism's full-time shlicha, Dana
Friedman, as well as chairman, Lucian J Hudson, and chief executive,
Rabbi Danny Rich, both of whom have recently returned from a week-long
tour of Israel, where they strengthened links with the movement's
partners in the Holy Land and had a meeting with Jerusalem's mayor, Nir
Barkat. This year Liberal Judaism and its youth movement, LJY-Netzer,
are running four trips to Israel - one for 16-year-olds, one for
university students, one for young adults and one open to all. Nine
LJY-Netzerniks will spend an exciting gap year in Israel on the Shnat
programme, which starts in the autumn.
Commenting on the appointment, Lucian J Hudson said: "This is a big
priority for Liberal Judaism. Daniel brings a real appreciation of the
opportunities and challenges of a major policy responsibility for us.
We make an active contribution to developing relations with Israel and
the Diaspora, and Daniel will help us make even more of a difference."