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.”