By Miki Vyse, Yorkshire & East Coast Regional Manager, JLC
February is LGBT history month.
Last summer, the JLC participated in inclusivity training ran by Keshet UK.
The session started by setting some ground rules for the day, something that I feel is incredibly important in any training session. Setting ground rules helps people to understand what they can get out of the session, but also allows for the space to ask questions.
Keshet UK use an important rule in all their training sessions: assume every question is asked from a good place. That rule has now changed the way I interact in debates, since it is so easy to assume that people are trying to play a contentious character when asking difficult questions, or that they are being intentionally offensive. This guideline, however, helped us all to be honest and accepting of every question asked.Read more
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the UJIA Northern dinner, one of my favourite events of the year.
To celebrate 70 years of Israel, we heard 7 different stories from different areas of UJIA’s work.
Over the past year, there has been some fantastic coverage of UJIA in the press, not least due to HRH Prince William’s visit to Israel. At the dinner, we heard from young people that have been through UJIA’s fast track course, young people who had explored their identity on Israel tour and developed themselves on young leadership programmes. For nearly 100 years, UJIA has been building meaningful relationships between the UK and Israel, and seeing that displayed in the North of England was fantastic.Read more
At the beginning of last month, I had the privilege of joining the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Yorkshire and the Humber trip on their Lessons from Auschwitz Programme.
Since 1999 the programme has taken over 34,000 young people to Poland to see for themselves what racism and prejudice can result in, should it be acceptable in society.
The programme starts with a seminar a few weeks before the trip, and then followed up with planning how to spread and educate others on what the we have learnt.
It’s taken me almost a month to process what I saw, heard and felt that day.Read more