“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."
“Y2i will cause a revolution in how Jewish identity and connection to Israel is perceived on a communal level. The impact on each student who participates will be transformative and add another building block in the never ending struggle to ensure Jewish connectedness. By ensuring every Jewish child is able to participate in an Israel program, we will do our part to ensure Jewish continuity.”read more about Yair
“I studied at the "Machon" in Jerusalem and was Mazkir of Habonim Sydney. This was back when Israel lived under existential threat and before day schools became the norm. Thus, from my own experience, as well as from watching the character formation of my kids, I know the crucial impact of spending time in Israel at the right age and on the right program. With the holocaust receding into history and religion appealing to only a limited section of our community I am passionate about the need for programs, such as those sponsored by Y2i, as a key force in forming Jewish identity.”read more about Les