Just the job? US holds fair in Is­rael in bid to Òll va­can­cies

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

THE UNITED Syn­a­gogue has held its first job fair in Is­rael, tar­get­ing gap year and rab­bini­cal stu­dents and those “at a tran­si­tional time in their life”.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions un­der the aegis of the US, in­clud­ing Jewish Chap­laincy, Tribe and the Lon­don School of Jewish Stud­ies, all had stalls at the fair, which high­lighted ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties within the UK com­mu­nal sec­tor. Schools in­clud­ing Yavneh Col­lege and King Solomon High were also rep­re­sented.

Sixty peo­ple at­tended the event, aimed pri­mar­ily at Bri­tish cit­i­zens cur­rently in Is­rael but open to any­one con­tem­plat­ing work­ing in the UK. They were ad­dressed by Stephen Pack, the US pres­i­dent, and chap­laincy and US rab­binate rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Mr Pack said the fair had been “an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to in­form prospec­tive rab­bonim, youth lead­ers and teach­ers about ca­reers in the US and our part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions. I hope many of those present will de­cide to join us.”

It was hosted by David Collins, US di­rec­tor of young peo­ple and young fam­i­lies, who saw it as a way of “lay­ing the foun­da­tions for the lead­er­ship of UK Jewry.

“Work­ing for the Jewish com­mu­nity pro­vides ex­cep­tional chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

“We wanted to en­gage with peo­ple at a tran­si­tional time in their life and show them the many job op­por­tu­ni­ties that are avail­able. I hope that, as a re­sult, many ex­cel­lent can­di­dates will see the value of these com­mu­nal roles and ap­ply for po­si­tions they would oth­er­wise not have pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered.”

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