Y2i (Youth 2 Israel) provides discretionary subsidies of up to $5,000 to suitable Year 10 students from NSW, ACT and QLD with at least one Jewish parent, aiming to make participation in an approved Israel-based education program, more 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.


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.


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 the Israel experience available to any Year 10 student in NSW, ACT and 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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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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Lani Franks

“To be able to be a part of a Jewish Yr 10 students’ Israeli experience is something that cannot be underestimated. Y2i contributes …

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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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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,

“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.

  • Jason Eisner – President, JNF
  • Robert M. Goot AM SC – Past President, ECAJ
  • David Ossip – President, JBOD
  • Ian Sandler – President, JCA
  • Stanley Roth AM – Life President, UIA

Y2i is making an impact on Jewish continuity.

Read our Annual Report