Dr Helena Miller: Informal Provision for Young People in the UK Jewish Community, JLC and UJIA Sign Off Youth Commission Report

Dr. Helena Miller, UJIA Director of Research, Evaluation and Community Israel Engagement provides an update on the JLC Youth Commission, a project run in partnership with UJIA.

What do we want the future to look like? How can youth provision in the UK Jewish community best develop to engage Jewish young people in a Jewish journey?

The Youth Commission, which was chaired by Jeremy Isaacs, partner JRJ Group and UJIA Trustee, set out to understand as a community how we are supporting our young people on their Jewish journeys. Focusing on Jewish identity, participation in the community, and engagement with Israel, the commission explored opportunities and challenges facing young people today. The work was jointly commissioned by UJIA and the JLC, and led by Dr. Helena Miller, Director of Research, Evaluation and Community Israel Engagement at UJIA. The seventeen Commissioners included Kate Bearman, senior advisor to the Tony Blair Faith Foundation; David Kyte, Chairman of Maccabi London Brady Foundation Trust and Jonny Wineberg, Youth and Community Director, Manchester.

The ten month project received submissions from over 700 people and has made recommendations in the areas of resources, stakeholders, leadership, engagement and retention.

An implementation group is in the process of being set up to prioritise and set an agenda for development, based on the recommendations.

Their first task will be to organise a launch of the report, which will take place at a central London venue this Spring. The report will then be publicly available.