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RSY-Netzer Leaders' Boost to Communities

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Eleven synagogues from across the Reform Movement are now employing RSY-Nezter bogrim (graduates) to run their youth provision. As part of the new Community Youth Leader Scheme, ten youth leaders have now completed a two day training seminar held at the Sternberg Centre in preparation for their new roles.

RSY-Netzer Community Youth Leaders receive their certificates.During the seminar it was worked out that between the participants there was some 162 years worth of joint experience of involvement in and leading on youth activities. All of the Youth Leaders have participated on RSY-Netzer camps and most have taken the Shnat Netzer gap year in Israel. The training seminar is aimed at advancing the quality of youth work for participating synagogues. It also enabled the youth leaders to create a support network which will allow them to exchange ideas and to cooperate on joint programmes, bringing Reform Jewish youth together more frequently and involving them in RSY-Netzer’s events, camps and tours.

RSY-Netzer Mazkir (Director) Josh Martin, Rakaz Hadracha (Leadership Coordinator) Ben Jacobs and Shaliach Ben Jardine also took part and ran sessions on the youth movement’s strategy. The seminar then took an advanced look at communication and team building skills, the needs of young people and communities, the challenges they will face as well as the youth events calendar for this year.

David Jacobs, Director of Synagogue Partnership at the Reform Movement had a chat with them over lunch about the history of their individual synagogues. Paul Glicker, Chair of North West Surrey Synagogue, talked with them about the importance of their role in delivering youth activities and how they should be valued; he also gave them a few tips about working in a synagogue. The eleven synagogues involved in the scheme are Alyth, Brighton, Cambridge, Finchley, Hendon, Jackson’s Row, Menorah, North West Surrey, Wimbledon, Radlett and Bushey, and Sinai.

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