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Apr 2014 - ISSUE #7
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23rd-29th Apr 2014
March of the Living
27th Apr 2014
National Yom HaShoah Commemoration (Hyde Park)
2nd-5th May 2014
Junior Camp (8-11)
6th May 2014
Yom Ha'atzmaut
14th May 2014
evolve Charity Event
22nd Jun 2014
Community Fun Run
29th Jun 2014
JLGB Presentation of Awards
3rd Jul 2014
Yoni Jesner Awards Evening
3rd-25th Jul 2014
Adventure Israel Tour
3rd-10th Aug 2014
Summer Camp 2014 (11+)
Upcoming Office Closures
Monday 14th April @ 4pm
Office Closes for Passover
Wednesday 23rd April @ 9am
Office Re-Opens


Support JLGB and raise vital funds for Young People by running in the Community Fun Run!

JLGB are looking for people of all ages to take part in the Community Fun Run on Sunday 22nd June, at the brand new Allianz Park, to raise much needed funds to help support young people and families in need. The JLGB has always ensured that no young person is prevented from participating in any programme due to personal, financial or family circumstances.

If you are interested in running, there are 1km, 5km and 10km routes that you can take part in. To sign up go to www.communityfunrun.org and click 'Register', making sure you tick JLGB as the charity you are choosing to run for.

If you would like to sponsor team JLGB go to www.jlgb.org/funrun. For more information please contact JLGB HQ at funrun@jlgb.org or call 020 8989 8990.

Adult Volunteers Needed for DofE Expeditions!

With over 800 new participants enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award this year, this fantastic provision would simply not be able to run without the help of volunteers who support young people on their expeditions. We are looking for volunteers (18+) to help with DofE expeditions for 2013. No previous experience is required, we can ensure you get 'up-to-speed', if you can help please email us at dofe@jlgb.org.

Walkers: Spend the first day of the Practice Expedition, taking place in April and May, walking with a group. Make sure they are safe and on the right path. Navigational experience is not necessary but very useful.

Drivers: Go to checkpoints on the routes to see the groups as they pass, make sure they are all ok and top up their water supply if necessary. Drivers can also take the walkers to and from their cars at the start of the expedition.

Kit Distributors: Record and give out the tents, rucksacks, cooking equipment and sleeping mats to everyone for a couple of hours at the start of the expedition.

Rucksack Packers: Assist the packing of the rucksacks making sure that everything that is needed is inside the rucksack also at the start of the expedition.

Mums & Dads, do YOU have a skill that you could teach? Help one of our local JLGB groups!

Are you a black belt in judo or a pro at football skills? Could you teach drama skills to young people or run a singing workshop? Perhaps you could give The Great British Bake Off a run for its money? Whatever skill you have, if you think you could pass it on to young people then we want to hear from you!

JLGB would simply be unable to function without the support of our local volunteers across the Jewish and wider community, and with extra skilled volunteers we could achieve even more. We are looking for more students, young adults, parents and grandparents to help out at our local JLGB groups. Even if you don't have a particular skill to teach, but have what it takes to work with young people then get in touch!

Whatever time you can spare to help young people, your contribution will be greatly valued.

For more information contact JLGB on 020 8989 8990, or e-mail getinvolved@jlgb.org

JLGB's Bands - something really worth making a noise about…

Did you know that you don't have to be grade 5 musician to be part of a JLGB band? In fact, we love non-musicians because we have everything that YOU need to get started: excellent instructors, brand new instruments and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Thanks to a grant from the Wolfson Family Charitable Trust, we now have a range of new woodwind, brass and percussion instruments ready for the next generation of young Jewish musicians to get involved… so what are you waiting for?!

The JLGB has a number of Bands across the UK including Redbridge, Hendon, Barnet and Manchester where you'll be given the chance to perform at prestigious events as well as all the benefits of a JLGB group too - friendship, personal development and (most importantly) all the fun and adventure that goes with it…

To find out more about JLGB bands contact JLGB on 020 8989 8990 or e-mail bands@jlgb.org


JLGB Latest News

Welcome to JLGB's 2014 Passover edition! Spring has finally sprung, and with it blossoms fresh new ventures for JLGB! 2014 has already seen the launch of our brand new volunteering initiative, evolve; for the first time ever, we were honoured to have HRH The Earl of Wessex join us for our inaugural DofE Celebration Evening; we've even got new faces around the office! We can't wait to see what the summer brings...

A Royal DofE Celebration

Kosher DofE commended by HRH The Earl of Wessex!

A new chapter in the history of youth charity JLGB took place in January when HRH The Earl of Wessex was guest of honour at an event that drew an 800-strong crowd to Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, celebrating the achievements of over 3000 Jewish young people who have participated in their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) over the past five years.

There was an air of excitement as Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, entered the Great Hall amidst the JLGB Band's musical fanfare. Youth hosts, Abigail Shine, 17 from Loughton, and Manchester University student Daniel Lever, 19, from Bushey, welcomed everyone and then Trevor Pears, Executive Chair of The Pears Foundation, introduced The Earl.

HRH, The Earl of Wessex said: "Thank you for inviting me to join you in this fantastic celebration of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the role of JLGB in providing this for an extraordinary number of years, since the very beginning. It is a fantastic achievement - thank you for what you do in making the Award accessible to so many young people over the years and by all the specialist work you have done in the Jewish community. I am very, very proud of that relationship that we have and you should be heartily proud of the achievements of the JLGB."

JLGB's kosher DofE programme is supported by The Pears Foundation and provides a culturally sensitive expedition service with kosher food which does not breach the rules of observing Shabbat to over 50% of young people at mainstream Jewish schools with nearly 800 young people signed up this year to take the challenge of DofE.

DofE Lifetime Achievement Award

There was a surprise in store for Barry Hieger, 79, when HRH The Earl of Wessex presented him with a DofE Lifetime Achievement Award, which came 'totally out of the blue'. As JLGB's longest-serving Officer, he has held almost every single major voluntary position and is now an Honorary Vice President. In 1948 at the age of 13, Barry joined JLGB in its previous incarnation as the Jewish Lads' Brigade and after completing national service in the Army, was part of The DofE from the very start. He has helped to train almost every single Gold DofE participant for their expeditions and did so until last summer – and despite being nearly 80 years old, still plans to continue to assess Silver Expeditions!

Volunteering & Social Action

Chief Rabbi Launches eVOLve:
a revolution in Youth Volunteering!

JLGB were delighted to have the Chief Rabbi officially launch their new and hotly anticipated youth volunteering initiative, evolve, in January. For the first time ever, evolve brings together all key stakeholders from across the community to ensure that social action becomes more accessible and more rewarding for young Jewish people than ever before.

Chief Rabbi Mirvis said: "evolve is an outstanding initiative which represents everything that is sacred in our tradition and in our faith... our youths will be involved in voluntary activities which will ennoble them, and enrich their lives, and the lives of those in their midst. Their parents and their grandparents as well, members of family will become an active part of their activities, and also schools and teachers will become actively involved; synagogues will be connected with their projects; youth movements, charities, businesses, employers, all stand to gain."

Over 2000 Jewish young people sign up for national volunteering awards each year but 65% of them struggle to find faith sensitive volunteering placements that meet Jewish cultural or religious needs. With the ambition to overcome this barrier, evolve (funded by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation) is a collaborative communally-focused strategy for Jewish youth volunteering, and forms part of JLGB's Step Up To Serve pledge. JLGB have developed an innovative system for creating online volunteering profiles that can be matched to age appropriate and faith sensitive volunteering opportunities as well as national achievement awards and qualifications.

See our evolve launch video below:

The Chairman of The Wohl Foundation, Professor David Latchman, said at the launch: "evolve allows all parties to create online volunteering profiles in different fields of interest to help match young people with volunteering services, awards and qualifications and also highlight the skills they can develop for later life. Having a meaningful volunteering experience in the formative years ensures continued engagement in later years. By investing in an initiative like this we hope we are helping to pave the way for the next generation of philanthropists and community members who are committed to making a difference in the world."

The evolve team will be holding a special event for charities, at JHub, to learn more about unlocking the potential of youth volunteers on the 14th May (email evolve@jlgb.org for information) and are excited to roll the initiative out to all Jewish young people from September 2014.

JLGB's Local Weekly Activities

Redbridge become JLGB national champions

Over 220 young people and volunteer leaders from JLGB groups all over the UK came together for the annual Walton Trophy and Banner competitions in Manchester. Groups from Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, Liverpool, Birmingham, North London, Essex and Hertfordshire took part in a fantastic competition to not only crown the annual regional champions, but also to compete for the Ancil Trophy to become the national champions.

The day was fun packed with teams pitting their wits against each other in sports, quizzes, code breaking team challenges as well as the traditional JLGB core-skills. When all the results were counted, Redbridge were the winners of the London Banner competition and Cardiff won the Provincial Walton Trophy for the 6th consecutive year. By the narrowest of margins, Redbridge were crowned the new national JLGB champions.

Did you know that JLGB has over 30 groups meeting each week nationwide across the Jewish Community? The JLGB offers a fun and exciting programme of weekly activities which engage young people in exciting skills-building sessions, with a balanced programme of healthy living, citizenship, emotional well-being, leadership development and Jewish identity and much more besides.

If you're aged between 8-11 for Juniors or 11-16 for Seniors and looking for an experience with a difference, JLGB is for you! You can take part in a great range of activities, camps, events and community projects in a safe and friendly atmosphere with thousands of others across the UK.

For more information about our local groups please contact the JLGB office on 020 8989 8990, email getinvolved@jlgb.org or visit www.jlgb.org/localgroups.

Summer, Winter & Spring Camps

Summer Camp 2014: Around The World In 8 Days

The theme of JLGB Summer Camp 2014 says it all, as record numbers of young Jewish from across the globe people prepare to be taken on a whirlwind tour of the world this summer!

With the usual mix of enthralling evening entertainments and the daily dose of dramatic activities set on the English coastline we cannot wait for this summer extravaganza.

Even better, this year we will be accompanied by a host of international guests travelling from Israel, Russia and across Europe to join in with what will be an unmissable 7 days!

If you're aged 11-16 and want to be part of this summer spectacular (3rd to 10th August 2014), go to www.jlgb.org/summercamp - use Promo Code 'PESACH' to book your place NOW at a price of only £349 before spaces run out!

Junior Spring Camp: A bank holiday weekend away

For younger children aged 8-11, why not join JLGB for a fun-packed bank holiday weekend away on our Spring Junior Camp - 2nd to 5th May 2014! Join us on the 'Commonwealth' camp and come away with us for 4 days for just £125 - apply online now at www.jlgb.org/juniorcamp.

For many, this will be their first time away from home but they will have a fantastic time! We have a programme of really great activities run by experienced youth leaders and they will meet kids from other JLGB groups around London and the rest of the country, making friends they will have forever.

and finally…

We look forward to updating you at our next newsletter instalment in July, and by then DofE expeditions will be in full swing, Tour participants will be travelling across Israel, and we will ready and waiting to welcome our international guests to our global gathering at JLGB Summer Camp! It's going to be an awesome summer – see you then!

On behalf of everyone at JLGB, we wish all of our friends, supporters, patrons, volunteers and of course young people and their families a very happy and kosher Pesach!

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