A picture of contentment at RSY-Netzer camp

August 27, 2009
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Participants in the Briyah Shemesh camp for 10-to-12-year-olds in Hastings, Sussex, were among over 700 youngsters involved in Reform movement summer programmes

Participants in the Briyah Shemesh camp for 10-to-12-year-olds in Hastings, Sussex, were among over 700 youngsters involved in Reform movement summer programmes

RSY-Netzer has enjoyed its most successful summer programme with over 700 young people participating in activities including Shemesh camps and an Israel tour.

“We are delighted we have been able to involve so many people in a Jewish experience which will stay with them forever,” said RSY-Netzer secretary Daniel Lichman.

In the difficult financial climate, applications for bursaries rose by almost half and an appeal raised £13,000-plus towards financial assistance for 83 participants.

Reform movement chair Stephen Moss said the summer groups included “our community leaders of the future. We must invest in them now. We consider these experiences a key part of strengthening Jewish identity.”

Two new youth workers have joined the RSY-Netzer team this month. Ben Jacobs grew up within the Finchley Reform fold and has just graduated from Cambridge with a degree in economics and social and political science. Josh Martin has been part of the Kol Chai Hatch End Reform community and is a UCL physics graduate.

    Last updated: 2:08pm, August 27 2009