Tributes to leaders

By Isabel Janner, May 7, 2009

Two Israeli emissaries were honoured for “truly remarkable work” by Israel’s Ambassador Ron Prosor at a ceremony at the London embassy.

Asaf Segev was recognised for his contribution to the Leeds community, particularly his work with students. Noa Jellinek’s accolade was for her teaching at the Independent Jewish Day School in Hendon, where her innovative Hebrew learning methods have inspired other Jewish educators.

“The highlight of being a shaliach is to work with children and teach Hebrew,” Ms Jellinek said. “It’s important for all Jewish children and Jews around the world to be able to daven in Hebrew and feel comfortable when they come to Israel.”

Mr Segev said working with Leeds University students “was the biggest challenge and my favourite part. I believe that by working with these students I have met the next Jewish leadership. It was a beautiful experience for me.”

Last updated: 2:16pm, May 7 2009