Habonim

Sharp decline in gap years to Israel

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2010

The number of youngsters taking gap years in Israel fell dramatically this year because of the financial climate.

Only around 60 went to Israel this year, compared to more than 100 a year over the past three, according to FZY, the UK's largest Zionist youth movement.

And Bnei Akiva, the religious Zionist movement, experienced a slide from about 40 to the lower 20s.

But leaders hope that numbers will begin to climb again this autumn with BA anticipating as many as 55 recruits to its yeshivah and year schemes which can cost as much as £16,000.

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UJIA Super Sunday

January 14, 2010

The phone lines were hot in London and Manchester as over 100 volunteers were on call for UJIA’s Super Sunday, raising £122,000 for projects at home and in Israel. Youth movement members from Bnei Akiva, FZY and Habonim were among the volunteers.

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