World aid char­ity is up for pro­mo­tion

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IN­TER­NA­TIONAL DE­VEL­OP­MENT char­ity Tzedek has stepped up its ef­forts on cam­puses with ses­sions in­tro­duc­ing stu­dents to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s projects.

Tzedek’s cam­pus worker Han­nah Gaventa toured uni­ver­si­ties to dis­cuss vol­un­teer­ing and vo­ca­tional train­ing schemes in Africa and Asia with stu­dents.

Han­nah said: “This year stu­dents will work with lo­cal NGOS in Ta­male, north­ern Ghana. They will be teach­ing English in schools, help­ing to teach com­puter lit­er­acy skills to lo­cal work­ers or work­ing in the health cen­tre.

“On the Tzedek over­seas vol­un­teer­ing pro­gramme stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to learn about Jewish views on pov- erty and dis­cuss con­tro­ver­sial top­ics within the in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment field, such as Fair­trade and the ‘drop the debt’ cam­paign.”

She said par­tic­i­pants in the tours would also visit elephant re­serves, learn how to cook Ghana­ian recipes and at­tend African danc­ing and drum­ming ses­sions.

As part of Han­nah’s work, Tzedek has helped Jsocs pre­pare lunch and learn events for stu­dents, taken part in a panel de­bate on over­seas vol­un­teer­ing and or­gan­ised a Lim­mud ses­sion. In Cam­bridge, Han­nah helped the Jsoc or­gan­ise a themed Fri­day night din­ner with dishes from Ghana and In­dia. She will work with stu­dents in Not­ting­ham and Birm­ing­ham t hi s t e r m b e f o r e j o i n i n g o n e o f the char­ity’s Ghana p r o j e c t s f o r f i v e months. Is­raeli Am­bas­sador to Bri­tain Daniel Taub spoke to 120 stu­dents at Tribe and Univer­sity Jewish Chap­laincy’s joint fifth an­nual na­tional Fri­day night din­ner.

He told the gath­er­ing at Finch­ley United Syn­a­gogue that it was of­ten dif­fi­cult to ad­vo­cate for Is­rael when it was as­so­ci­ated with con­flict by the gen­eral public.

But fo­cus­ing on the coun­try’s achieve­ments could pro­mote Is­rael’s con­tri­bu­tion to the world.

Mr Taub an­swered stu­dents’ ques­tions about the re­ac­tion they re­ceived on cam­puses when ad­vo­cat­ing for Is­rael and of­fered ad­vice on re­spond­ing to crit­ics and at­tacks.

Fol­low­ing the din­ner, he said: “I was de­lighted to join so many stu­dents and ex­plore with them ways to deepen en­gage­ment and in­volve­ment with Is­rael. It was also a great op­por­tu­nity to ex­press ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the chap­lains and their won­der­ful work on cam­pus.”

Tribe’s Not­ting­ham cam­pus am­bas­sador David Eder said: “The din­ner was a great suc­cess and a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to bring stu­dents and chap­lains to­gether.” Ma­sorti stu­dent move­ment Marom took 18 stu­dents and young pro­fes­sion­als to Bu­dapest to meet Hun­gar­ian Jewish com­mu­nity lead­ers.

The group met coun­ter­parts from the city’s Moishe House and or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing with young Jews in the coun­try.

They vis­ited Si­raly, a pub and com­mu­nity space run by Marom Bu­dapest and took part in ser­vices with the Dor Chadash minyan. A meet­ing was also held with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Haver, an or­gan­i­sa­tion tack­ling an­tisemitism in Hun­gary through in­ter­faith di­a­logue.

Ilana Fen­ster, Zion­ist Youth Coun­cil co-chair, said: “The in­flu­ence Hun­gar­ian po­lit­i­cal his­tory has had on Jewish life cre­ates a chal­lenge for young peo­ple to re­gain their Jewish iden­tity and cre­ate com­mu­nity. Even though we did not grow up un­der Com­mu­nist rule in the UK, our youth move­ments are also try­ing to strengthen Jewish iden­tity and build com­mu­ni­ties while com­bat­ing our own set of unique chal­lenges.” Liver­pool Jsoc’s an­nual char­ity ball marked the so­ci­ety’s 90th an­niver­sary and raised £380 for Lang­don Col­lege.

Jsoc sec­re­tary Howard Raphael pre­sented a cheque to Lang­don prin­ci­pal Chris Mayho and stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ed­ward Sholem and told them: “We are very proud to have raised money for you this year and hope you will ben­e­fit from it greatly.”

Lily Bloch views the shoe me­mo­rial out­side Hun­gary’s Par­lia­ment

Han­nah Gaventa ( right) with Faiths Act fel­low Char­lotte Flow­ers

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