JEMs says thank you

November 11, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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JEMs (Jewish Education Matters) has held its fourth banquet and graduation ceremony and donated $1,800 to Kesser Torah College.

 

A thank you gift for Kesser Torah

A thank you gift for Kesser Torah

More than 900 grandparents, parents, children and teens packing the Science Theatre at the University of New South Wales.

The evening began with a video of the Rebbe and a dedication to Rabbi Avrahom Levitansky whose three children and sons in law follow in his footsteps working with public school children.

Following the video, Rabbi Yossi Shuchat who spearheads JEMs together with his wife Rivky, gave the opening speech and introduced the Year Ks

There were 95 children were on stage singing torah tziva and other songs followed by  the presentation of a thank you cheque of $1,800 to Kesser Torah College for the use of their school campus,  presented to Ilana Kaplan the Vice President.

The Years  4-6 children had learned all year about our Jewish heroes and produced a very entertaining video.

Next on stage were the teen volunteers who received certificates and gifts from head Shliach Rabbi Pinchus Feldman and friends and supporters.

The year 1 children sang Shema and “I’m a Jew and I’m proud” before  Rabbi Dovid Slavin and the team from Our Big Kitchen received a thanks for their year round support and for catering the evening.

Years 2-3 did two performances, featuring the songs: Midos are the way we act, Give it all you’ve got, Hareini Mekabel and Adon Olam.

JEMs would like to thank all of those who help and have helped put this amazing event together, and a thank you to all the teachers, Mushka and Chaim Munitz who also put together many fantastic video presentations, Chida levitansky who also runs the teen volunteer program with over 130 teens, Fraida Aber, Rika Feldman, Chavi Lazarus, Perel Kirovskaya, Chana’le Slavin, Erin Freidman, and Benny Baruch.

JEMs welcomes 330 children from public schools each week to Jewish Studies and Hebrew lessons which are fun and engaging. The program is supported by 150 teens who volunteer their time to coach the children. In addition, JEMs hosts a Friday Night Service, Bar and Bat Mitzvah Courses, Chagim Celebrations, Mummy and Me group and various charitable activities.  Many of those volunteering are students at Jewish day schools in Sydney.

Photos by Dovy Meyer and David Gross

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