Ambassador Winners Jet Off To Israel
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Posted: February 23 2007

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February 23 2007 (Jewswire.com) - Four students from JFS and two students from King Solomon High School have enjoyed an action packed weeklong visit to Israel after winning Tribe’s Ambassador programme. Winners Robert Sands and Kelly Burack from KSHS and Simon Conway, Tanya Cohen, Ana Rosenthal and Charlotte Leigh from JFS, went on the visit after successfully competing against their fellow students as part of an intensive course in Israel advocacy training,

During their visit to Israel, the winners met with the heads of many large Israel advocacy organisations, government officials and religious leaders. BICOM arranged a visit for the students to the Knesset and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where they had the opportunity to meet with MK Yoel Hassan from the Kadima Party and Ran Gidor, UK and Ireland Desk Officer. JNF guided the group on a tour of the Negev which included a 5km bike ride and abseiling in the Ramon Crater. The students also participated in a tour of the security fence and a helicopter ride to educate on Israel’s geography.

Charlotte Klein, Tribe Teens Executive, commented: 'Our aim for the visit was to showcase our Ambassadors and prepare them further for the challenge of representing the Jewish community on Campus and in the future. Politically, socially and religiously the students developed their skills and represented their schools and community fantastically.'

Robert Sands, KSHS’s Public speaking winner, commented: “The trip to Israel has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life and it’s been such an honour to be involved with the Ambassador scheme.”

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Editor’s Notes:

Photo (from l to r) Ana Rosenthal (JFS), Robert Sands (KSHS), Kelly Burack (KSHS), Simon Conway (JFS), Tania Cohen (JFS), Charlotte Leigh (JFS)

THE AMBASSADOR

The Ambassador programme, based on the original Israeli TV show of the same name, was an intensive course of Israel advocacy training, designed to prepare students for the realities of campus life in the UK. Students competed in a range of tasks which included giving an Israel advocacy assembly in a non-Jewish school, working with UJS on an Israel stand at LSE, addressing members of the House of Lords and creating media blogs. The winners were chosen by their peers as well as a judging panel which included David Kaplan, Managing Director of Tribe and Lorna Fitzsimons, Chief Executive of BICOM, as well as the schools’ headteachers and governors.

TRIBE

TRIBE, Young United Synagogue was launched in February 2003 under the leadership of Rabbi Andrew Shaw, with the Tribe membership scheme launched the following October. TRIBE’S goal is to support its communities to provide the best resources and facilities for its young people and to run complementary larger events and initiatives to support the work done at local level. TRIBE membership is divided into 4 divisions, kids, teen, campus and community. Tribe’s original target was to have 5,000 members by 2008. In October 2006 TRIBE signed up its 10,000th member. For further information on TRIBE, please visit www.tribeuk.com

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