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The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY NATHAN JEFFAY

BRI­TAIN’S ORTHO­DOX out­reach or­gan­i­sa­tions are to lend their ex­per­tise to Jewish com­mu­ni­ties across Europe.

As a re­sult of dis­cus­sions at this week’s Con­fer­ence of Euro­pean Rab­bis (CER) stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing in Manch­ester, Aish, JLE and Seed will help com­mu­ni­ties repli­cate their pro­grammes by shar­ing meth­ods and dis­patch rep­re­sen­ta­tives to run events.

They came to the de­ci­sion af­ter hold­ing dis­cus­sions with many of the 35 chief rab­bis of Euro­pean coun­tries and cities present at the three-day meet­ing. “We set up the dis­cus­sions be­cause Bri­tish kiruv [out­reach] is sim­ply so ef­fec­tive and well or­gan­ised and yet this is not the case in other parts of Europe,” said Philip Carmel, the CER’s in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions di­rec­tor.

A trip is al­ready planned for later this month, when ed­u­ca­tors from Aish will go to War­saw and help the com­mu­nity to plan events. The ma­jor fo­cus will be the for­mer Soviet bloc, where gen­er­at­ing in­ter­est in Jewish iden­tity is “a real chal­lenge”, he added.

While Aish and JLE will con­cen­trate on young adults, Seed will fo­cus on adult ed­u­ca­tion. Pro­gramme di­rec­tor Rabbi Mal­colm Her­man said: “At the dis­cus­sions there was in­ter­est in Euro­pean com­mu­ni­ties set­ting up one-toone learn­ing pro­grammes that were Seed’s orig­i­nal con­tri­bu­tion in the UK. We will be ex­tremely happy to make this hap­pen by pro­vid­ing guide­lines, train­ing and ma­te­ri­als.”

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