BJE trains leaders…and heads to Melbourne

May 22, 2014 by Nanette Horak
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The New South Wales Board of Jewish Education has held is annual Leadership Seminar for Year 11 students who participated in last year’s Emet Israel Program. 


Ariane Krug, Ariella Spiro, Isabella Nicolaou and Lee Goldsmith

Ariane Krug, Ariella Spiro, Isabella Nicolaou and Lee Goldsmith

This was a comprehensive seminar aimed at providing the students with leadership skills, teaching them how to become leaders, recognising their abilities to lead, and inspiring them to step up and seize leadership opportunities.

They were privileged to participate in workshops led by David Ossip (Ku-ring-gai Councillor), Yair Miller (President of the NSW Board of Deputies), Rabbi Evan Widmonte (Youth Rabbi of Masada’s community) and Assaf Samuel Liberant (Facilitator, Executive Coach and Change Management Professional).

The students feedback was extremely positive and they all agreed that they gained an enormous insight into their own capabilities.   BJE hopes the students will now take the intitiave and use these skills in the wider community.

In a ne initiative the NSW Board of Jewish Education has offered year 10 students and parents in Melbourne  the Emet Israel Program.

The Emet Israel Program has provided the opportunity for NSW year 10 students to travel and study in Israel on a 6 week structured program in the December school holidays.  Since its establishment in 2007, over 150 students have experienced, explored and embraced not only Israel, but also their local Jewish community upon return.

Due to a combination of interest in Melbourne as well as financial backing, BJE presented a wonderful evening of everything Israel and opened the door for the Victorian public school and non-Jewish private school students to have the same opportunities as their NSW counterparts. “There was an amazing feeling of camaraderie in Melbourne. Students and parents were excited at finally having the opportunity to embrace Israel whilst in Year 10. We expected some families to attend but we ended up having to bring more chairs” BJE Co-CEO Rachele Schonberger stated.

For more information<> – Emet Israel



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