UJIA elects Zvi Noé as new chair

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UJIA elects Zvi Noé as new chair

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Zvi Noé succeeds Louise Jacobs, who leaves after six years as the first woman to lead Britain's biggest Israel-supporting charity

Zvi Noe
Zvi Noe

The Board of Trustees at Britain’s biggest Israel-supporting charity has elected Zvi Noé as its new chair.

Noe will take over from Louise Jacobs in April 2024, following her full six-year term as the first woman to chair the organisation.

He is a trustee of the London School of Jewish Studies, the Rachel Charitable Trust and a trustee and founder of One Great Day, an organisation raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital along with hundreds of children’s health charities across the UK.


He is a founder and partner of the Noé Group with strategic oversight direction of the group, its investment decisions and partner relationships. Mr Noé’s day to day work includes real estate and data centres, focusing also on securing Venture Capital and early stage funding.

Noé said: “Last week I returned from a visit to Israel where I saw the vital work UJIA and our partners are doing with those affected by the terrorist atrocities on October 7 and subsequent war. Meeting people who have lost family members, with parents of hostages, and with evacuated children will stay with me forever. I have never felt more committed to the unity of the Jewish people and to the importance of standing shoulder to shoulder with our Israeli brothers and sisters. UJIA will be there not just for the physical rebuilding but in addressing the mental scars.”


He added: “I pay tribute to the exceptional service of my predecessor Louise Jacobs, and I look forward to working closely with UJIA’s Chief Executive Mandie Winston and her excellent team. Our focus right now is with the families grieving loved ones and waiting for news of those still held captive. But we also remain committed to our long-term goals of providing unparalleled opportunities for our community’s young people to strengthen their connection to Israel and the Jewish People.”

Outgoing Chair Louise Jacobs added: “It has been a privilege to serve UJIA and connect our community and young people with Israel. In handing over to Zvi I know that I am leaving UJIA in brilliant hands.

Left to right: UJIA CEO Mandie Winston, outgoing UJIA Chair Louise Jacobs, former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, UJIA Trustee Karen Goodkind. (C) Blake Ezra Photography 2023

“He shares the same passion for communal unity, Zionism, active inclusion and our young people’s connection to Israel across all religious denominations that drives everything we do at UJIA. Zvi and I will be working together to ensure a seamless transition, which is all the more vital in light of the horrific events in Israel. I know that Zvi’s energy and vision will be vital as UJIA works to aid Israel in its rebuilding.”

UJIA chief executive Mandie Winston said of Louise Jacobs’ remarkable work: “Louise’s contribution to UJIA, to Israel and to the British Jewish community has been immense and we will carry on working for the goals she is so passionate about – supporting vulnerable communities in Israel and young people in the UK Jewish community. She is an exceptional leader and it has been an honour and privilege to work alongside her and have her serve as our Chair.  I am very much looking forward to working closely with Zvi as UJIA and our community goes from strength to strength”.

Zvi Noé is married to Michal and is the father of five children.

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