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April 2015 - ISSUE #9
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12th-17th Apr 2015
March of the Living
19th Apr 2015
National Yom HaShoah Commemoration
1st-4th May 2015
Junior Camp (8-11)
14th June 2015
Community Fun Run
7th-30th July 2015
Israel Tour (16)
2nd-9th Aug 2015
Summer Camp (11+)
10th-28th Aug 2015
National Citizen Service (16-17)
16th-18th Oct 2015
Interfaith Leaders' Weekend (18+)


Imagine Summer Camp

Imagine Summer Camp

2nd-9th August 2015
(ages 11+)

It’s only just turned April and almost 300 people have already signed up for this year’s Summer Camp. Join hundreds of Jewish young people from around the world for this extra special Summer Camp that will allow you to delve into your imagination. If you have a dream and you’re willing to work for that dream, you can have anything in the world. Nothing is impossible. Every Great Dream, Begins With A Dreamer, so join us for a 7 day adventure to build the Skills You Need To Fulfil Your Destiny, You Can Be The Difference, You Can Change The World You Can Be The Hero, You Can Lead The Way - JLGB Summer Camp Invites You To… IMAGINE. For more information visit www.jlgb.org/summercamp

USE CODE: PASSOVER to save £50 and go for an amazing price of just £349, but you must apply before Sunday 19th April 2015.

At JLGB we believe that no young Jewish person should miss out on JLGB activities because of financial constraints, and we will always do whatever we can to make sure that everyone can take part in any activity or event they choose. If you would like more information on financial assistance please contact Mrs Estele Miller on 020 8989 8990. All applications for financial assistance will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

National Citizen Service powered by JLGB

JLGB's Double Award Winning Interfaith NCS programme returns this summer for School Years 11 and 12

This FREE* Government backed scheme, is a way for people in Year 11 and 12 to make extraordinary friendships, learn the skills they don’t teach you in class and create unforgettable memories. Our NCS programme runs for three weeks, after tours return, from the 10th – 28th August 2015.

*All we ask is for a fully refundable deposit at a discounted price of only £35. To sign up, and be on your way to the most amazing three weeks of your life, go to www.jlgb.org/ncs using the discount code YES2NCS.

So are you up for pushing yourself to the limit with a variety of outdoor activities, such as off road biking or a high rope assault course, or having a personal and exclusive insight into a number of cutting edge industries such as media, journalism, graphic design, finance or acting and getting a chance to show off your own unique skills to others in a final Social Action project? If you like this, then you will love the National Citizen Service (NCS).

This once in a lifetime programme delivered by JLGB is fully Kosher and Shabbat friendly, but places on this programme are extremely limited and filling up fast, so to sign up today at go to www.jlgb.org/ncs, email ncs@jlgb.org, or call 020 8989 5743.

Junior Spring Camp

Fun & Adventure Weekend away for school years 3-6

National Junior Spring Camp this year will be hosted near Southend, Essex. With over 100 youngsters already confirmed, sadly Junior Camp is now full, making it the largest Junior Camp for many years! The long weekend will see JLGB Juniors from around the country coming together to take part in an action packed weekend. Adventure activities will bring groups together to give them an experience that they will not forget! If you would like to put your name on a waiting list please email juniorcamp@jlgb.org.

JLGB Israel Tour

JLGB Israel Tour

JLGB Israel Tour receives major upgrade as programme explores technology and innovation

This Summer, British teenagers will turn their rite-of-passage into a developer's dream, when they get to enter the Research and Development departments of major international technology companies the likes of Google, Apple and Intel as 16 year-old Brits experience JLGB's upgraded #15RAEL Tour.

These top companies are opening their doors to allow the next generation of Jewish leaders a chance to prove their teamwork and individual skills as they take them on a journey into the lives of young entrepreneurs like themselves. They will meet, test out products and quiz the people behind unique start-ups that brought Waze and Re-walk to the forefront of the world's imagination.

Alongside this incredible programme, participants partake in an educational tour of the Holy Land, enjoying social and cultural experiences, exciting activities and in-depth discussions that span the country's origins, birth and modern day life. This group experience for Jewish teens asks them to examine their own opportunities to be the next generation of British, Jewish leaders where they are empowered to explore their own thoughts and ideas as part of an experience that they will never forget.

Places are still available on JLGB #15RAEL* Tour (5th-29th July). For more information email Israel@jlgb.org and apply online now at www.jlgb.org/israel

*Financial assistance available thanks to the support of UJIA.


Happy Pesach! - חַג שָׂמֵחַ

Welcome to our Passover 2015 Newsletter

It's a very special year for JLGB as we celebrate our 120th anniversary with thanks to all our friends and supporters who have helped us in all that time. Chief Rabbi Mirvis recently said: "The number 120 is charged with great significance in our tradition, and symbolises for us, not only length of days but also completion, perfection, fulfilment - and I think that is exactly the story of JLGB over the past 120 years. The JLGB is an organisation which is the perfect thing."

We are so grateful for all the support we receive from each and every one of you and we hope you enjoy reading about what we've been up to recently, and the many ways in which JLGB and its young people are achieving amazing things in the Jewish and wider community. Here's to the next 120 years and wishing you all a happy and kosher Pesach.

JLGB Celebrates 120 Years

Community and society gather at House of Lords to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of JLGB

In the presence of Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Rob Wilson, Minister for Civil Society, JLGB President Lord Levy hosted over 200 dignitaries and guests from the Jewish community and wider youth and charity sector at the House of Lords to celebrate the start of the JLGB's 120th Anniversary and to pay tribute to the adult volunteers, trustees and staff team who make it all happen.

Lord Levy said: "One hundred and twenty years - there are very few organisations of any kind that can claim that sort of history. It is a long history, it is a proud history and it is a history that has seen so many wonderful youngsters develop through the JLGB, turning into outstanding citizens of this country and proudly representing their community. JLGB teaches skills, it teaches understanding, belief in our faith of Judaism, but understanding that we have to work together within our society and with every other faith and minority community, and frankly, with recent events, I cannot think of any better message than that and no better organisation than the JLGB that shows both our own community and wider society how you can be proud to be British and proud to be Jewish."

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JLGB's Local Weekly Activities

Major Social Action Fund helps to grow JLGB groups across Jewish communities

In our last edition we shared the exciting news that JLGB was awarded a major government grant to engage even more Jewish young people involved in social action through our weekly JLGB groups across the UK. Since that announcement we have made significant strides in bringing our Youth United funded project to life, including a new team of local Community Development Workers and a new Programme Manager to lead the project, who are working hard to create, re-develop and expand existing weekly JLGB groups across the UK.

Already, a new Leeds Juniors and Edgware Juniors for ages 8-11 have been opened and only last week we opened a new group in Hampstead for those aged 11-16.

JLGB really is the place to be right now, as the new Programme Manager Ricky Kaplan explains: "JLGB has been recognised as the Jewish youth charity that can develop the next generation of Jewish leaders and that's exactly what we're going to do. More than ever, young people can learn vital life skills, increase their confidence, take part in accredited training, become great leaders, get involved in social action projects, have loads of fun and much more! The time to get involved in JLGB is now!!...So keep checking our website for exciting news and opportunities".

Welsh Dragons battle to victory as
Cardiff become JLGB National Champions

In March, JLGB groups from all across the UK headed to Liverpool to take part in the big national challenge competition. This was a great chance to demonstrate how JLGB groups teach the value of team work, and a big shout out to Bushey Seniors - winning for London and to Cardiff - winning for the Provinces and for becoming the overall National Champions!

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Jewish participation in Kosher DofE - the world's leading achievement award - reaches even higher levels!

It's just turned April and not long after the 2015 launch of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award season, yet over 850 Jewish young people have already signed up for their DofE this year through the JLGB, another record breaking year and one that has been achieved in record breaking time!

Thanks to the continued support of the Pears Foundation, this unique kosher and Shabbat friendly provision - directly delivered by JLGB to all Jewish secondary schools as well as synagogues, and youth and community groups across the country - ensures the entire Jewish community can take part in the DofE, the world's leading achievement award. We are especially proud that we have increased our single gender groups for ultra-orthodox schools and Yeshivas, and adapted programmes for those with physical or learning disabilities.

Set up almost 60 years ago by The Duke of Edinburgh himself, taking part in the DofE gives young people independence, a sense of achievement, self-confidence, leadership and teamwork skills and is highly regarded by universities and employers - often the first thing looked for on UCAS forms and CVs.

With well over 850 DofE participants this year and growing, we are going to need the help of even more adult volunteers this year. What can be better than a lovely walk in the countryside for a day? So if you can help for a day or even a couple of hours we would love to hear from you. For more information, including expedition dates go to www.jlgb.org/dofehelpers.

Volunteering & Social Action

evolve inspires 1600 Jewish Young people to volunteer

Already this year over 1600 young people have signed up to volunteer for the Yoni Jesner Award, vInspired Award and Duke of Edinburgh's Award across Jewish Secondary schools in London, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, as well as working through JAMS (Jewish Activities in Mainstream Schools) all powered by evolve - JLGB's young volunteering initiative funded by the Wohl Foundation.

We are also thrilled to announce that JLGB have been granted Youth Partner status for the O2 Think Big project. This means that through evolve, JLGB can support young people aged 13-25 to apply for funding of £300 for volunteering projects that help benefit the community.

evolve and Jewish Interactive join forces to create first cohort of Jewish Youth Digital Champions

10 tech savvy teenagers with aspirations to work in the tech arena have volunteered to run digital social action projects in partnership with Jewish Interactive. In return they will receive monthly training from experts in the tech world such as Disney animators, Googlers and app developers. Through evolve, Digital Champions will be able to keep track of their social action projects online, working towards their vInspired Award, a nationally recognised, UCAS endorsed award for 10, 50 or 100 hours of volunteering.

JLGB are proud to be partners in this project, and Neil Martin, JLGB Chief Executive said: "Good Youth Social Action uses the double benefit principle: teaching young people valuable skills so that they can create real impact in their communities through their enhanced volunteering. Skilling up our youngsters to become digital champions is not only valuable, it's vitally essential and the difference it could make for so many charities and their beneficiaries is astronomical!"

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Accreditation & Training

Inspiring, developing and empowering
the leaders of tomorrow

Over 100 teenagers attended this year's JLGB accredited leadership development weekends. These young people, aged between 14 and 18, are all working towards nationally recognised qualifications in teamwork, communication and organisational skills all accredited by the Open College Network. JLGB Youth Training Coordinator Michael Livingston said: "It is always so inspiring to see so many young people passionate about developing as leaders."

The weekend also saw the launch of the JLGB Voice's new social media project #jlgblove. The JLGB Voice is a peer-led youth forum run by 16-18 year olds and this year they are hoping to inspire members nationwide to share the things they love about being part of the organisation.

At the end of February, during national safeguarding week, adult leaders from across the UK attended their own development weekend which saw sessions on building effective volunteer teams, the science of programming, impactful social action projects and an accreditated course in safeguarding young people.

Investing in Jewish Youth

Great JLGB International Quiz Evening is a huge success

In March, the much loved annual OCA Alumni Quiz was given a boost this year as it took centre stage as part of the new JLGB International Quiz. This new format was a huge success, with teams hosted locally at homes across England, Scotland, Wales, Israel, Canada and America. Over 350 participants took part raising money for JLGB local activities. Missed out? Well, why not host your own team next year...

Marathon Men - JLGB volunteers
to run the London Marathon

The London Marathon is one of the great British sporting events, a gruelling 26 miles and 385 yards long, passing through the streets of London. During the wet, cold and windy winter months JLGB volunteers Lee Sidney and Jason Braier have been in training preparing for the big day. They are raising money to support JLGB's welfare fund to support children and families and so far between them they have raised over £2,000. They would like to double this figure and you can help by sponsoring them at www.jlgb.org/leesidney.

You can also get fit and raise money for JLGB without quite going to the extreme lengths of a marathon. Why not walk or run 1, 5 or 10KM (or even all 3 if you are feeling brave!!) and raise money for JLGB by taking part in the annual Maccabi GB Community Fun Run on Sunday 14th June 2015. All you need to do is register at www.communityfunrun.org and choose JLGB as your charity of choice.

Citizenship & Community

Community unites to remember on Yom HaShoah

Sunday 19th April 2015 will bring together the largest gathering of UK Jewry in recent history to remember the Holocaust, as over 120 communal organisations join the 'Remember Together - We Are One' commemoration to mark the 70th Anniversaries of the Holocaust for Yom HaShoah.

Over 2000 have already applied for their free ticket for the special large scale National UK Yom HaShoah Commemoration which will be held at Barnet Copthall Stadium on Sunday 19th April at 2pm with a capacity to seat 5000 people.

The Holocaust was the most significant and tragic event for the modern Jewish people - on this special day together we mourn the loss of six million men, women and children and as a united community we will pay tribute and say thank you to the Survivors and Refugees for the remarkable contributions they have made to the Jewish community and wider UK society.

Over 100 Survivors, Refugees, Liberators and their families; 200 children in a combined choir from 8 Jewish Primary Schools; 70 singers from 4 different Male Voice Choirs; Readers from 12 Jewish Youth Movements; World Ambassadors, Rabbonim, Dignitaries, and Communal leaders, professionals and volunteers from across the UK will be at the event. Only one thing is missing.....YOU!

Guest speakers and performers, as well as details of an educational youth zone, will be announced nearer to the event, which will also include the closing ceremony of the 70 Days for 70 Years Campaign - but to attend (parking permit required which you can book online - space available for only 900 cars) you must register in advance for your free ticket at www.yomhashoah.org.uk/NationalEvent

and finally…

We look forward to updating you with 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 be 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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