80 students have participated in Tribe Israel programmes over the past year, uniting UK students while on Gap Year in Israel.
A dynamic group of 30 Tribe members have completed the annual Tribe Israel Leadership Training Programme (TILT), which brings together Tribe members at Seminary, Yeshiva and other Gap Year programmes, enabling them to develop the skills required to play an active role in leading UK-Jewry. The programme held three hour long sessions once a month from December 2011 and incorporated lectures with interactive sessions on a variety of topics from ‘How to give a youth shiur’ to ‘Standing up for Israel on UK Campuses’.
TILT programme participant Rachel Lermer from Midreshet Ha Rova commented;
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the TILT programme, it has been great spending time with new people and I have learnt so much, particularly improving my public speaking skills.”
In addition, 50 Gap Year students from different youth movements running programmes across Israel, joined together to participate in Tribe’s annual ‘Closing the Gap’ ceremony. The evening gave students an insight into Jewish life on campus, with guest speaker Sam Lebens, a previous National Union of Students Executive Officer, discussing Israel advocacy on campus and Rabbi Andrew Shaw, Tribe Executive Director, offering advice on how to continue to play a role in UK-Jewry while at University.
Merissa Gross, United Synagogue Israel Executive said;
“Closing the Gap has been a fantastic way to end Tribe Israel 2012 programmes. Even with the smaller number of students on a Gap Year due to a rise in tuition fees, all the events were vibrant and successful – an inspiration to all!”