Reform Youth Get Streetwise
Submitted to: Religious Groups 
Posted: March 12 2007


March 12 2007 ( - A new partnership has developed between RSY-Netzer and Streetwise aiming to keep Reform Jewish youth well informed about many of the social issues that affect them in today's society. This will be done through exciting and innovative programming guided by an impressive resource from Streetwise.

Streetwise is a partnership between Maccabi GB and the CST, focusing on personal safety and personal development of young Jewish people. Using elements of the Streetwise PSCHE (personal, social, citizenship and health education) educational resource and DVD, several Reform Synagogue youth workers will take the material into their youth clubs to educate their members. Some of the issues they will be focusing on are bullying, substance abuse, anti-Semitism and relationships.

The DVD scenes show young people in real life situations focusing on different issues, acting as triggers for activities within the written resource pack.

Sheldon Mordsley, Youth Worker at Finchley Reform, saw the pack and DVD as a positive way of creating great programmes: "Jewish youth must be engaged to discuss the issues facing them in today's world," he said. The Youth Worker at North Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth Gardens), Danielle Black, wanted to use the material to help educate her Madrichim (Leaders). She said: "this training and material will help them when they encounter issues with younger members".

Ruth Silver, Streetwise project worker, said that working with the Reform Movement was important: "it will increase the reach of our programmes and raise awareness of the issues facing young people."

Other synagogues involved are Maidenhead, Edgware & District Reform, Kol Chai and Sinai in Leeds. For more information about this project or the synagogues involved, please contact Jon Littman on 0208 349 5670, or Ruth Silver on 020 8457 2331,


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