The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

In re­sponse to your re­port ( JC, July 29) con­cern­ing the fall-off in gap-year ap­pli­cants choos­ing to spend time in Is­rael, while this is a concern for all of the Jewish com­mu­nity, I am de­lighted that young mem­bers of Northwood and Pin­ner Lib­eral Synagogue are still choos­ing Is­rael pro­grammes with us.

We have con­sis­tently had young mem­bers in Is­rael and the ben­e­fit to our synagogue, LJY-Net­zer, LJ and the wider Jewish com­mu­nity is clear.

A dis­pro­por­tion­ate num­ber of LJYNet­zer move­ment work­ers have come from NPLS in re­cent years and the ex­pe­ri­ence of gap-year pro­grammes have been an in­flu­ence on those choos­ing the rab­binate, like Charley Ba­gin­sky and my­self.

That LJY-Net­zer’s sum­mer tour is once again full bodes well for us. ( Rabbi ) Aaron Gold­stein Northwood & Pin­ner Lib­eral Synagogue Oak­lands Gate, Northwood, Mdx

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