Boosting the Smaller Communities

March 19, 2012 by Reuben Bolaffi
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Jewish Adelaide Zionist Youth (JAZY) has received a large boost from the six Zionist youth movements in Melbourne.

Adelaide activities

Adelaide’s small but vibrant Jewish community disbanded existing movements to form JAZY in 2008 in order to engage the increasingly small but diverse youth community.

Melbourne representatives in 2012 from the movements joined together to form “Tzevet [team] JAZY” to fill the gap in JAZY’s bogrim body.

“We had about twenty kids at our very successful 2012 Launch Picnic. The kids were really excited to see the interstate leaders,” JAZY Head Rebecca Mayo said.

“It’s a remarkable achievement to see the movements come together to support Adelaide’s community”, Reuben Bolaffi, Chairperson of the Australasian Zionist Youth Council (AZYC), said.

“The madrichim [leaders] in Tzevet JAZY will travel to Adelaide from Melbourne monthly to run activities and also a Winter Camp in July” Bolaffi said in Adelaide from JAZY’s first event for 2012.

This week’s event included interstate madrichim David Bulafkin from Habonim Dror who is the head of the JAZY Tzevet in Melbourne. Bulafkin serves as the Melbourne liaison between JAZY and Melbourne.

“Bulafkin has been working strenuously with the AZYC to find madrichim for the year and schedule programming. His hard work exemplifies him as a true doogma ishit – a personal example” Bolaffi said.

Bulafkin was joined by Michelle Cohen from Hineni, Stephen Tofler from Betar and Nathan Companez from Netzer.

A similar model is being run in Canberra and the first program is scheduled in Canberra for the 25th of March.

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