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Mind the gap - and tuition fees are to blame

By Robyn Rosen, February 24, 2011

A coalition of communal organisations has launched a 10-week mini-gap year experience to attract those giving up the traditional gap year in Israel to start university before the rise in tuition fees.

Youth movements are concerned that those trying to beat the increased fees of up to £9,000 annually, effective from 2012, will miss out on the gap year experience.

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Teenagers meet Israeli minister in Hebron trip

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2011

A group of British teens discussed the Jewish claim on Hebron with Israel's Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar as he outlined a controversial plan to take pupils on tours of the West Bank city.

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Youth groups call for gap year clause in tuition fees bill

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2010

Members of Britain’s Jewish youth movements have launched a campaign to challenge the government’s position on the tuition fees rise and gap years.

Bnei Akiva (BA) and the Federation of Zionist Youth (FZY) started the “Mind the Gap” petition out of concern that the prospect of paying fees of up to £9,000 would discourage students from taking a year out before university.

Both movements, along with several other Anglo-Jewish organisations, run popular schemes taking British school-leavers to volunteer and study in Israel.

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FZY yearcourse fundraise for Yemin Orde

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010

British teenagers from youth movement FZY took to the streets of Jerusalem to raise money for Yemin Orde, a youth village in the north of Israel devestated by the forest fire in the Carmel region.

FZY members in Britain also launched a campaign on donation website Just Giving. The appeal has so far raised more than £1,500.

To donate visit the Yemin Orde page here

For more information about FZY yearcourse click here

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British teens 'out of harm's way' from Carmel forest fire

December 3, 2010

British teenagers on gap year programmes in Israel have witnessed first-hand the worst forest fire in the country’s history.

Groups from several British youth movements including FZY, Habonim and Noam were in the town of Shlomi in the north of Israel for a seminar when the fire broke out on Thursday afternoon.

Natie Shevel, the UJIA’s regional director for Israel, reassured that all 160 British participants were safe.

He said: “None of them has been affected and they are all well out of harm's way.”

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FZY gap year group visits Sderot

By FZY Year Course, November 24, 2010

Around 50 members of the FZY year course programme visited the Israeli town of Sderot, near the border with the Gaza Strip, to find out about life under the constant threat of rocket fire.

Read more about the trip here

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FZY gap year group arrives in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2010

A group of British teenagers arrive at Ben Gurion airport for the start of their gap year with FZY. During their time in Israel they will be volunteering, learning about Jewish and Israeli history and undertaking the Marva army experience programme.

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Thousands sign Shalit petition

By Jennifer Lipman, July 23, 2010

A petition condemning the continued captivity of Gilad Shalit and calling for government action to secure his return has attracted nearly 6000 signatures.

Conservative MP Lee Scott will take the petition, organised by youth movement FZY, to the House of Commons on Thursday.

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Gilad Shalit vigil in London

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2010

FZY members distribute leaflets and gather signatures for a petition calling for the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit.

The youth movement arranged the week-long vigil, which ends on July 11, near Downing Street to draw attention to the plight of the Israeli soldier kidnapped in Gaza more than four years ago.

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FZY celebrates centenary

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2010

The Federation of Zionist Youth celebrated its centenary with a reunion for over 350 alumni at the JFS premises in north London on Sunday.

A programme of reminiscence included archive photos, memory boards and quizzes and there were speeches looking back and forward.

Among the guests were Whetstone couple Betty and Bunny Marks, who met through the movement in 1951. "I have great memories of FZY," Mrs Marks said. "The thing about FZY is it embraces all aspects of Judaism and is a lovely way of mixing with people from all over the country. It influenced my life."

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