'I'll go back to Zanzibar and secure justice'

By Anna Sheinman, August 22, 2013

Acid attack victim Kirstie Trup is prepared to return to Zanzibar to help bring her assailants to justice, and insists she has “no regrets”.

Ms Trup and her friend Katie Gee, both 18-year-old former JFS students, were injured in the attack on the east African island where they were working as volunteer teachers.


Get out and meet the natives

By Josh Glancy, July 5, 2013

It's that time of year again. Some 1,200 teenagers are gearing up for a busy month in the Holy Land.


Israel tour still a must as 1,200 teens sign up

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2013

More than one in five teenagers joining youth movement tours to Israel this summer will be receiving help to pay for their trips.

Ten organisations are running trips this year, with a total of 1,216 participants. UJIA, which co-ordinates the trips, said that almost £200,000 had been allocated after 260 youngsters applied for bursaries.


Why Israel tours will be getting more scientific

April 16, 2013

Youth group members on Israel tours this year will have an additional item on their itinerary — a visit to the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.

The idea originated from Weizmann UK as part of its educational drive and has been taken up by UJIA, which organises the Israel trips, and the youth movements themselves.


Rwanda welcomes FZY helpers

By Jennifer Lipman, March 18, 2013

British teenagers on a gap year in Israel have spent three weeks volunteering with orphans in Rwanda as part of FZY’s social action programme.


New young Zionists are tired of waiting

By Hannah Weisfeld, November 16, 2012

In September 1999, I left home to spend a year in Israel with a youth movement that had filled my Sunday afternoons, winter and summer, for the entirety of my teenage years. That journey had more impact on shaping my identity than any other experience I'd had so far and cemented my relationship to Israel.


Tribute to an FZY veteran who broke Nazi codes

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

Well over 70 years after joining FZY, a 96-year-old has had his third barmitzvah marked by the Zionist youth movement.

When Londoner Morris Hoffman first became involved in FZY, fellow members included a future Israeli President, Chaim Herzog.


How youth groups are meeting the challenge of tough times

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2012

The photos have been taken, the memories made. The bags are now strewn across the floor. Voices have been lost, friendships formed. There have been tears and thrills, smiles and sing-songs, even a smidgen of Jewish education. The holidays are coming to an end for another year, and with them the summer camps and tours that have become a staple of the Anglo-Jewish calendar.


Israeli lacrosse team looks to Europe

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2012

A British-born lacrosse player is hoping to fulfil a dream this summer and compete on Israel's behalf in the European Championships.

Tash Kalmanson, who moved to Israel last year and is studying for an MA in Jewish studies at Tel Aviv University, has been selected to play on the Israeli woman's team at the competition in Amsterdam in June.


A modern day Maccabee: a Chanucah rap

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

A festive rap made by participants on the FZY and Young Judea yearcourse programme.