About

Youth 2 Israel (Y2i) grants $5,000 vouchers to Year 10 students from NSW, ACT and QLD with at least one Jewish parent,  make participation in an approved Israel-based education program, affordable. These Israel experiences of five weeks or longer, are a life changing journey of Jewish identity which builds Jewish continuity in our local community

Vision

Inspiring generations of young people with an understanding of their Jewish heritage, a love for Israel, and an enthusiasm to participate in their Jewish community.

Our Mission

Enabling the maximum number of Year 10 students, each year, to go on a transformational Israel education program.

Values

  • Jewish heritage
  • Jewish identity
  • Jewish continuity
  • Jewish communal involvement
  • Love of Israel
  • Education and personal growth

Our People

The Board

Youth 2 Israel (Y2i) is managed by a Board of Directors with extensive communal experience.  Their role is to oversee the operations of Y2i, helping to make $5,000 Israel experience vouchers available to any Year 10 student in NSW,   ACT, QLD with a Jewish parent.

Jeremy Dunkel (Chair)

“Y2i is a game-changing initiative to inspire teenagers to connect with their Jewish heritage in Israel, and each other. The rebirth of Israel and its thriving …   

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Peter Philippsohn OAM

“I believe we need to find additional avenues of engagement and involvement for young Jews living in Australia. Research worldwide, …

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Darren Chait

“Y2i is addressing one of our community’s most existential challenges in the most unique way. It’s a privilege to be driving transformation …

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Ariane Fuchs

“As a mother of younger children, I am excited with the prospect of my kids experiencing their ‘Rite of Passage’ offered to all Jewish Year 10 students across …

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Yair Miller OAM

“Y2i will cause a revolution in how Jewish identity and connection to Israel is perceived on a communal level. The impact on each student …

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Les Szekely

“I studied at the “Machon” in Jerusalem and was Mazkir of Habonim Sydney. This was back when Israel lived under existential threat and …

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Dr. Ron Weiser AM

“These experiential learning opportunities have a transformational effect on Jewish continuity, particularly when participant numbers …

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Staff

Raelle Freinkel, Coordinator

“My experiences in Israel have made my Jewish and Zionistic identity concrete, which is somewhat difficult when you are not closely involved in…

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Rachel Swartz,
Manager

“Israel has always played a pivotal role in shaping my Jewish Identity. I was an active member of Habonim Dror and participated in their 12 month…

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Donor Representatives

Y2i has a group of donor representatives from our five major Jewish communal partner organisations.  Together they reflect the interests of the Jewish community and highlight the broad support from local and Israel focused organisations for the endowment appeal. Their key role is to oversee the management of funds in the Y2i Endowment Fund.

Y2i is making an impact on Jewish continuity.

Read the 2018 Annual Report