On Thursday 22 September, the UJIA Farewelcome 2016 was held at Brick Lane venue, 93 Feet East. The event acted as both a welcome for the 25 new Youth Movement and UJS workers, and 5 ‘graduating’ Youth Movement and UJS workers.
Jem Stein, Founder of the Bike Project and previous Habonim Dror Youth Movement worker spoke to the participants. He explained that ‘Movement work is a brilliant and unique training for doing pretty much anything.’ He inspired them further when he added that movement work ‘was particularly vital for starting a charity and social enterprise,’ as he has proceeded to do.
Hannah Brady, Former UJS President, explained how ‘it is important to remember how fundamental youth spaces are in our community, and how much they enrich the Jewish experiences of British Jews.’
The participants also heard from Sinai Youth Movement worker, Eli Gaventa, who emphasised, (movement work) ‘is an amazing opportunity to shape and impact your communities.’