Israel Support Trust
Rabbi Andrew Shaw CEO
Steven Blumgart Chair of Trustees
Josh Pomerance Executive Director
Mizrachi connects the community to Israel through a range of innovative and educational programs.
We are the UK's leading framework for religious Zionism. Founded in 1902 our goal is to strengthen Jewish identity and support Israel where it is most needed.
What is Mizrach
Mizrachi (an acronym for Merkaz Ruchani or "spiritual centre") was founded in 1902 in Vilna at a world conference of religious Zionists called by Rabbi Yitzchak Yaacov Reines.
Mizrachi believes that the Torah should be at the centre of Zionism and also sees Jewish nationalism as a tool for achieving religious objectives. Mizrachi played a role prior to the creation of the State of Israel in building a network of religious schools that exist to this day.
Major figures in the Religious Zionist Movement include Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook who became the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Palestine in 1924 and tried to reconcile Zionism with Orthodox Judaism.
Today in the UK, Mizrachi runs several educational and community programmes, promoting and strengthening the Jewish people’s connection to the Land of Israel. Mizrachi UK is focused on educating the community in both Religion and Zionism and how they blend together. Our activities include running educational activities such as guest speaker trips from top rabbinical and political figures, monthly lunch and learn sessions in the city and evening learning sessions in local communities, as well as social events surrounding the State of Israel. For example, in the past we have run film screenings of Israeli films and dinner evenings with Israeli music.
We are also working together with other communal organisations to transform the way the Jewish community works by training up dynamic and inspirational leaders and placing them within varying roles in the community.
Mizrachi UK is driven by the core principle that ‘Torah should be at the centre of Zionism’ and this is what drives our community-driven programming. Through top quality social and educational programming we believe that we can strengthen the communities’ Jewish identity and help to cultivate a strong and unwavering connection to the Land of Israel.
Rabbi Shaw – CEO
Joshua Pomerance – Executive Director
Joshua has spent all his working life in education being on the Bnei Akiva Mazkirut for 2 years and a teacher at Yavneh College for a further two years. He has previously also worked in communal youth work for shuls and was very active growing up in Radlett United Synagogue. Joshua spent a year at Yeshivat Har Etzion before completing a degree in Business and Design at The Open University.