6 Reasons to go on an Y2i Program Students [...]
2018 Annual Report
View our photo gallery from the February 2017 event held for donors and communal representatives.
“These programs are a life changing experience that invigorates and inspires participants and their families. Students return to their community willing to be involved, make an impact, and ultimately ensuring that the Jewish Community is in a stronger position than ever before.”read more about Jodi
“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 shnat program after school. My emotional connection and love for Israel grew through my time spent there. Y2i will shape a stronger and more committed community, as we enrich the Jewish and Zionistic lives of our young people. With two young children of my own, I can't wait for them to experience Israel, and continue their journey of Jewish connections.”read more about Rachel
“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 against all adversity represents a modern-day miracle that I hope thousands of Jewish teens will be able to experience firsthand.”read more about Jeremy
“I believe we need to find additional avenues of engagement and involvement for young Jews living in Australia. Research worldwide, shows that a significant Israel experience as a teenager, is a determining factor in ensuring Jewish continuity. Y2i helps by bringing that experience into the reach of every Jewish child. In the years to come, many benefits will accrue to our whole community.”read more about Peter
“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 NSW. By the time my kids are old enough, Y2i would have enabled scores of teenagers to travel to Israel, ensuring their connection with Israel, the Israeli people and being proud young Jews within our thriving community here in Sydney.”read more about Ariane
"Extensive research, conducted both in Australia and internationally, has confirmed that youth participation in organised trips to Israel, is a key driver of continuity. What surprised me about the research is that the trips have a greater impact firstly, where the participants are in year 10 rather than after the completion of high school and secondly, where the vast majority of their cohort attend.
As a consequence, the Y2i is a critical element in ensuring our community not only survives but importantly thrives in the decades to come."