Reshet - Busy b’Bayit during Covid-19 and Bouncing Back

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Reshet, a partnership between UJIA and the JLC supporting the Jewish informal education and youth sector, has increased its hands-on and strategic support for the community. The organisation has responded to the changing ways in which our community is providing provision to young people.

Reshet has led and facilitated training sessions on a wide range of pertinent issues including wellbeing, grief and change during the pandemic and decision making at a time of Covid-19, as well as running a number of online educational forums for those in the sector.

The way in which we engage with young people has dramatically changed since the Government announced the nationwide lockdown and since its relaxation. Much engagement initially moved online and therefore the emphasis on how we keep our young people safe has also had to change. In response, Reshet has produced updated guidance for safeguarding young people in Jewish communal settings.

The organisation has also pooled the virtual activities and events that our communal youth organisations have been providing during the crisis through its Busy b’Bayit portal on the Reshet website.

In addition to this work, Reshet has been supporting the sector in preparations for a very different kind of Summer Jewish experience, with all overnight camps and tours cancelled, and day camps and online activities being the only possible mode of informal education delivery.

Plans are already in place to continue to provide the flagship, CPD accredited Professional Development Programme for Jewish professionals working directly or indirectly with Jewish young people 2020/21 and applications for this are open until 4th September.

Reshet will be holding its Annual Gathering on 7th September.  At every Annual Gathering, we explore different educational themes as well as having a meaningful opportunity to network with colleagues old and new, enjoying an evening together which is both valuable and supportive.

In 2020, our theme is ‘Bouncing Back’, hosted online and participants will receive a ‘Bounce Back Pack’ in advance of the event.


Shelley Marsh, Executive Director of Reshet said:

“The way we engage our young people has dramatically changed as a result of Covid-19. The Jewish community has been nimble in its work and I am proud of the work Reshet has delivered, guiding and supporting the sector during this challenging time.  It is essential that as we learn from and with each other, continuing to support informal Jewish educators in bringing the best of themselves to the young people they serve.