A YOUTH leader barred from Reform Judaism’s Israel tour for participating in the ‘Kaddish for Gaza’ event in May has joined the Liberal movement’s trip.
Nina Morris-Evans was due to lead an RSY-Netzer tour this summer, but was removed after condemnation by UJIA, which financially supports the trip.
But the decision to include her on the Liberal trip, as a support worker, was made by Rabbi Danny Rich.
He told the Jewish Telegraph: “I was approached by advocates of Nina, who explained she is a trained and willing tour leader, and asked if we would consider her to be part of our LJY-Netzer Israel Tour.
“We have a very diverse group of participants this year and I knew the extra support would be valuable.
“After a full interview process and checking of references, I offered her the role.”
A spokesman for UJIA said the organisation has expressed its concerns to Liberal Judaism directly.
He added: “We disagree with Liberal Judaism and LJY-Netzer’s decision.
“Over the summer and into the autumn, UJIA will be planning and holding a range of activities to listen carefully to the community and consult widely on our best strategy to address the new reality of Israel discourse in the community.
“We specifically appreciate that many of our young people, on all sides of the political divide, are among the most passionate, but also fear for those in our community who are repelled by the tone of the discourse and will disengage.”
UJIA has pledged to publish a paper which will “clearly express our position” on these matters.
Ms Morris-Evans’ mother, Abigail Morris, is chief executive of London’s Jewish Museum, while her father, David Evans, a convert to Judaism, is a well-known film director.
His work includes Fever Pitch and episodes of Shameless and Downton Abbey.