With over 200 young people involved in 5 camps in both Wales and France, Noamnikim enjoyed a summer full of creativity, engaging education and a chance to meet new friends for life.
Camp is a chance to push boundaries and create experiences that will last for a lifetime. The success of the camps was down to our phenomenal Madrichim and Roshim who ensured that everyone involved felt part of another amazing Noam Summer.
"Summer 2013 was a truly rewarding experience for all of us involved in making it happen. The Noamnikim enjoyed themselves and had a great time both doing fun activities and engaging in some meaningful educational events too! Bring on the next Camp!", says Sam Schryer, Mazkir, Noam.
This year, we are celebrating 25 years of Noam and we all hope that the magical memories of Camp can be replicated for many years to come.
Thanks to everyone who attended!
Kelim class of 2013
Kelim 2013 - a never to be forgotten experience!
This years Kelim programme took 9 UK students to study at the Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem.
Students on Kelim 2013 enjoyed 3 weeks studying at the Yeshiva, immersed in its summer course and 1 week processing the experience together.
They also journeying through the 4 main areas which make up Jerusalem's identity, accompanied by key Jewish texts, experiencing Israeli life and culture.
The Kelim participants lived together in a communal flat for the 4 weeks, which enabled a strong group dynamic and support to be formed.
The majority of the group had been participants of Noam's gap year programme in Israel – Drachim, the previous year. Kelim is a natural progression in developing their connection to their Jewish identity, this time focusing on academia - their ability to grapple with Jewish texts, learn Hebrew and develop their skills in prayer.
A large percentage of the group also attend universities with very few Jewish students, which limits their ability to practice and further their Jewish education. Kelim provides them with this amazing opportunity of a once in a lifetime experience.
Kelim - studying at the Conservative Yeshiva
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09.45-10.15 - Registration
10.15-11.00 - Introduction & Welcome from Clive Sheldon QC, Co Chair, Masorti Judaism & Liz Oppedijk
Keynote: Michael Wegier, UJIA Chief Executive - What is a Jewish Leader?
Select from 5 sessions in three different time slots:
11.15-12.15 Rabbi Jeremy Gordon – Purpose Driven Synagogue
Matt Plen – Power, Relationships, Strategy: How to Get Things Done
Andy Zneimer – How to Woo the Press: On Getting Editorial
Masorti Europe Board Meeting
Chazan Jacky Chernett, Chazan Jason Green & Laurence Jacobs – Music of the Soul: Engaging our Communities in Prayer
13.30-14.30 Rabbi Joel Levy – Catastrophic Failures of Leadership
Dina Ben Ezra – Group Dynamics & Communication (in French)
Miriam Benchetrit – Developing a Strategy for Local Fundraising
Stephen Ross – We're All in This Together: Rabbis, Professionals and Lay Leaders
David Leigh – Increase Your Impact: Getting the Most Out of Your Community Leadership
15.15-16.15 Rabbi Chaim Weiner – The Answers Rabbis Give to Rabbis
Phil Austin – Does Change Have to Be Painful?
Jason Caplin – Social Media & How to Harness Its Power
Charlotte Fischer – Developing Volunteer Leaders
Nick Gendler – What is Coaching and What is Your Coaching Style?
16.15-17.00 - Final Panel Session This session will include a panel of guest speakers from Israel who will discuss the challenges of Zionism, Aliyah and leadership within the Masorti movement.
Can you help Jewish Genetic Disorders UK (JGD UK)?
JGD UK is a charity that works to improve the awareness, diagnosis and management of Jewish genetic disorders.
We are holding an education event at NNLS on 14 November 2013 to inform and raise awareness for the first ever community screening day.
The screening session will allow people to come and get genetic testing for 9 severe Jewish genetic disorders. To offer the screening effectively we need to raise awareness about the relevance and importance of genetic testing in the community, and hope to do this through our education event on the 14th Nov.
Please come along and tell everyone you know about this important charity and this key event.
Email: email@example.com Postal Address: Jewish Genetic Disorders UK PO Box 65520 London N3 9BU Telephone: 020 8123 5022
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…