18th June 2021

UJIA discusses summer camp guidelines with Department for Education

UJIA met with the Department for Education on Thursday to discuss guidelines for residential camps that will, as confirmed earlier this week, be taking place this summer. Robin Ashleigh, UJIA’s Director of the UK Programme represented the interests of Jewish youth movements at the meeting with DfE staff, along with Daniel Elton from the Board of Deputies, Shelley Marsh of Reshet and representatives of several Jewish youth organisations.

The meeting addressed practical steps for the safety and wellbeing of summer camp attendees – such as bubble sizes, sleeping arrangements and interaction between bubbles – that will ensure camps can run as smoothly as possible.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that summer camps will be able to take place, following a successful campaign led by Jewish youth movements and supported by UJIA, Reshet and the JLC. To lend your support to that campaign please click here.

As the major supporter of the UK’s Jewish youth movements, UJIA has supported summer camps for decades and believes they play a vital role in giving young people the space to socialise, develop and explore their Jewish identities.

In addition, UJIA has pledged to allocate Israeli youth leaders to every Jewish youth movement camp that wants one, providing a much-needed resource for on-site Israel education and strengthening the relationships between young British Jews and inspirational young Israeli leaders.

UJIA Chairman, Louise Jacobs, commented:

“We are delighted that this year will see the return of residential summer camps. We are expecting over 2,000 young people from our community to now have the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from safe and enriching camps.”

 

14th June 2021

UJIA is doing everything possible to give Jewish youth a safe and enriching summer of activity, including on residential camps. We will continue working with the youth movements to provide inspirational summer activities in a safe and legal environment. UJIA, the JLC and Reshet have been working with youth movements to campaign for greater clarity and flexibility around residential camps for young people. If you would like to support the campaign Young People should click here and parents here.

We await the government’s announcements later today and remain hopeful that summer camps will go ahead. UJIA will do everything within our power for that to happen, while ensuring that the wellbeing of our young people remains our utmost priority.

As the major supporter of the UK’s Jewish youth movements, UJIA has supported summer camps for decades, remains absolutely committed to them and understands the vital role they play in giving young people the space to socialise, develop and explore their Jewish identities.