We are excited to announce the successful applicants, who will be supported as part of the UJIA Summer Engagement Fund 2021. This summer, UJIA’s priorities are to encourage young people to have fun and recover from the challenges of lockdown during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Therefore, we asked applicants to focus on the wellness, and socialisation of young people, as well as their Jewish identity and connection to Israel. For the young people who would have been on Israel Tour, we also prioritised projects which support the development of leadership skills and opportunities. We are very proud of the wide reach and diversity of grantees this year, representing many parts of our community. We are delighted to support this range of initiatives, showcasing the creativity and determination of our partners to provide meaningful experiences for young people this summer.  Please see below the list of recipients and some details of their projects.

  • The Zone: The Great IsraZone in Leeds. 5 weeks of activities over the summer to enhance fun and experience Israel. 
  • Leeds Jewish Housing Association: In Our Garden. Joint community project in Leeds to create an Israel themed garden for one of LJHA’s housing schemes.
  • Chabad Lubavitch Youth Organisation: Summer Camp and Dare-2-Care. Providing young Jewish children in Leeds with a constructive, positive summer experience imbued with Jewish values and Jewish joy. 

  • Yavneh College: YCID – Yavneh College Identity. Intensive week of activities exploring their Jewish identity through experiential means, and how their Judaism affects their lives. 
  • Beit Shvidler Primary School: School Summer Day camp. Summer Day camp themed around Israel for primary school pupils.
  • Tzofim (Israeli Scouts Western Europe): Tzofim UK Summer Programmes. Enriching programmes in Hebrew for Hebrew speaking families in the UK. 
  • Bnei Akiva: Gimmel Machane. Support for Year 10 summer camp to help with socialisation and wellbeing issues faced by young people at this time. 
  • Noam Masorti Youth (Pre Camp): Hadracha/Leadership training for madrichim. Hadracha/Leadership training for madrichim who will be leading Noam Summer camps, particularly relevant for madrichim who didn’t go on Israel Tour last year due to Covid-19. 
  • Noam Masorti Youth: Ananim. Partnership project with various community organisations to develop leadership and advocacy skills for Year 11 students who would have been on Israel Tour this year. 
  • JLGB: JLGB Summer Camp. Providing skills activities and experiences on camps to be relevant, cutting edge and appropriate for the modern post-Covid generation. 
  • Gesher School: Israel Week. Week of inclusive, inspirational activities to experience Israel in fun and creative ways.
  • LJY-Netzer: Machaneh Kadimah. A fun-filled summer camp for children from all over the country, in an inclusive Jewish environment.
  • Tribe: The Great British Tribe Tour. A fun, educational trip around the UK for Israel Tour-aged participants to encourage Jewish friendships and strengthen Jewish identity. 
  • UK Jewish Film: Combatting Anti-Semitism Through Film. Film based project to engage participants in thinking about their Jewish identity and Israel and the crossover between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.
  • Tzedek: Teen Activism Training. A seminar to develop Jewish leaders and activists with the skills, motivation, and commitment to make a difference in our society. 
  • RSY-Netzer and LJY-Netzer: Mental Health First Aid Training for madrichim who will be leading camps this summer.
  • FZY: Degania. Fun, informal Jewish and Israel education through a residential camp for Israel Tour-aged participants.
  • Alyth Synagogue: SWAY Away (Summer with Alyth Youth). A community experience for primary and secondary aged participants, where madrichim are empowered to form a strong bond and act as role models for younger participants. 
  • Habonim Dror -Madatzimot: Machane Madatzimot. Engaging and interactive experiential leadership training for young people.
  • Habonim Dror – Magshimot: Machane Magshimim. Camp for participants who would have gone on Israel Tour, focusing on the arc of destruction to redemption as exemplified by the story of Habonim and Dror members throughout their history.
  • Langdon: Langdon Brady Israel Engagement Summer Scheme. Specialist scheme for Jewish children with learning difficulties and autism across the Jewish community.
  • RSY-Netzer (The Movement for Reform Judaism): Summer Chalutz/Leadership. Hadracha/Leadership training for madrichim.
  • JFS School: Jewish Heritage Tour. 2-day Holocaust Educational programme for Year 12 students to replace Poland trip cancelled due to Covid-19.
  • BBYO: BBYO Experience for Jewish Teens. Israel Tour alternative, designed specifically for school years 11 and 12.
  • Beth Jacob Foundation (BJNW): Camp Yasher. Residential camp of fun activities for girls promoting Jewish values and opportunities to build lasting friendships.

  • Bury and Whitefield Jewish Primary School: Israel Street and Fun Fair. Community event to celebrate Israel for children and families in Manchester.
  • Ezra Youth Movement: Residential Madrich Training Shabbaton. Training for leaders so that they can provide safe, meaningful, and enriching experiences for the members of their movement throughout the summer.
  • Moor Lane Youth Club: Summer Fun with Moor Lane Youth Club. A variety of fun, interactive activities for the Sephardi community in Manchester.

  • Merseyside Jewish Representative Council: Yisrael Chaverim Merseyside 2021. A summer of activities to engage the children and young people of Merseyside with Israel. 

  • 5th Giffnock Guides: Caring COPS Camp. Israel themed camp for Guide group in Glasgow, preparing the group for COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow in November 2021.
  • Scotland Virtual Committee (Matana Club): Matana Club – In-Person Sessions. A Jewish enrichment programme bringing together young people from all over Scotland to form a strong sense of Jewish community.