We have been called LJY-Netzer for over 8 years now but we have provided a youth provision for Liberal Judaism for over 60 years.
Our events start for those in school year 3 (aged 8) and run all the way until they are 25 years old.
Each event is different is what is required and will be specified for the event. In general a change or two of clothes, a sleeping bag, toothbrush & toothpaste and a jacket will be fine for a weekend sleepover.
The food is of a good quality ranging from vegetarian bolognaise to stuffed peppers and pizza. On our weekends the cooking is done by the Movement Workers. On our camps we have a professional chef who cooks all the food. We are an ideologically vegetarian movement so we don’t have meat or fish on our events. Participants never go hungry on LJY-Netzer events!
Our weekends are held at synagogues around the country so generally involve sleeping on the floor. If you want to bring a camping mat, you’ll be that bit mor comfy, but they are not necessary. On our larger events we are usually in a youth hostel or at a boarding school. The beds at these locations are pretty comfortable and we don’t have many complaints.
All our leaders are DBS-checked as according to legal requirements. We run a three year leadership training course as well as regular refresher courses before events. The training includes everything from how to plan and run a session, to how to look after the participants’ welfare as well as confidentiality, disclosure and child protection.
Our events are generally based in and around London but we also run events in the North of the country including Birmingham and Nottingham. Machaneh Aviv (spring camp) is traditionally held at Cottesmore School in West Sussex, however will not be being held there in 2015. For the last three years Machaneh Kadimah (spring camp) has been held at the amazing Sandroyd School near Salisbury.
We have many participants from abroad attend our camps. In recent years we have had several regulars from Israel, the USA and France. If you have any more questions about travel arrangements please contact the office on 0207 631 0584
At LJY-Netzer we teach according to our ideology. The topics we tend to cover include: Social action and responsibility, Israel and Israeli culture, Liberal Judaism, Jewish history, Progressive Zionism, current affairs and how it fits with our ideology, prayer and Torah. We are keen to tolerate and encourage an atmosphere where a plurality of views are aired, and we would never criticise anyone for holding a certain view.
We do everything possible to include everyone. We train our leaders in how to engage children with learning difficulties or any disability that may affect their involvement.
For several years we have had participants who have autism, ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia and are able to include them fully in our activities. If your child has mobility issues or requires a wheelchair please contact us. Unfortunately, at this time some of our sites are inaccessible to people with these issues but we will do everything possible to accommodate them where possible. We are constantly reviewing this and hope that in the near future we will have sites where this is no longer a problem.
If you would like to chat about this further please give the office a call on 0207 631 0584 and you can chat to the movement worker who is responsible for your child’s age group.
On every event a Movement Worker is present and has a mobile number for you to contact them on. This appropriate number will be on the publicity and joining letter for each event. Please contact the office is you don’t have this information.
We never want financial constraints to prevent anyone attending our events and therefore offer financial assistance for all events. All enquiries and applications are dealt with confidentially by Shelley (firstname.lastname@example.org), who is the LJY-Netzer line manager. Roughly 25-30% of all applicants receive some form of financial support each year, and in 2012 we gave away over £30,000. We give awards of all sizes so please don’t feel unable to contact us.
That isn’t problem! Some of our participants do very little ‘Jewish stuff’ at home if any but still have a great time on camp. We ain to make the religious side of our events accessible to all, and do not prescribe a particular way to “be Jewish”.
On our smaller events most participants of the same sex will be in one large room so this isn’t an issue. For our larger events the application form will give you space to write 3 preferences for roommates. We will consider every request and do everything possible to make everyone happy although this is not always the case. Participants spend very little time in their room while on events as there is so much going on, therefore, being in a different room or with only one friend will not stop friends seeing each other while on camp.
They will have the best birthday party ever! On camp every participant with a birthday gets a birthday cake and a whole camp celebration. Everyone sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to the birthday girl/boy and they have a fantastic day all round!
Many participants start on events not knowing anyone or only knowing their siblings. The staff are very aware of this and spend the first few days ensuring that everyone gets to know one another while bonding as a year group and a dorm.
Most of our participants don’t know much Hebrew. All the Hebrew we used is also transliterated so it’s easy to read, even if you don’t know Hebrew.
There are some events where your child can bring pocket money. On Machaneh Kadimah, pocket money is included in the price, this includes money for the tuck shop and on the day trip!
We have bedtimes and wake up times on every event between which they are not allowed to leave their room. We also have dorm leaders who remind the participants of the wake up time and calm them down before they go to bed. However, they are away from home and will often stay up talking before heading to bed and getting a good night sleep.
On our weekends we are often at sites without showers but all our longer events will have shower facilities. There is time every morning and evening when they are able to shower. Dorm leaders will also make sure that the participants are brushing their teeth and showering.
Medication is held and distributed by the medic on the event. All medication must be specified on the application form and then given to the Movement Worker or medic when you arrive to the event. Please go over your child/ren’s medication with them before you leave. At the end of the event the medication will be given back to the participant before they go home.
All dietary requirements are able to be accommodated for on our events. The dietary requirements must be on the application form for the event. In the preparation for the event we will consider the requirements while planning the menu.
All our sites have risk assessments and are safe for children to be in. Events at synagogues have the usual synagogue security. On our larger events all our staff wear identification badges as well as being trained by the CST in identifying and dealing with intruders and strangers. We also inform the local police of our presence and take their advice on any appropriate situations. For Israel Tour we liaise with the Israeli Government through the UJIA. For Kayitz Netzer, we stay in the centre of major cities and in all the years we have run the tour we have never had any problems.
We use public transport where possible on weekends and smaller events. For our larger events we use coaches driven by professionals and fitted with seatbelts.
Our activities differ from event to event but they can often fit into several categories: fun sessions, Shabbat, services, Get-to-know-you sessions, educational sessions, evening sessions, outdoor sessions, music, drama, art and sports.
LJY-Netzer is a chance for your child/ren to make new friends who have the same cultural and religious background while learning more about their identity and having a chance to shape it through education and fun. LJY-Netzer helps participants gain a sense of social responsibility, confidence, leadership and team work as well as learning new skills from sports to arts and crafts to cooking. LJY-Netzer is an inclusive community where everyone is encouraged to take part and this gives them an international network of friends that they can always rely on and see several times a year.
LJY-Netzer accepts participants of all Jewish identities. We accept participants with one Jewish parent, same-sex parents and where both parents are Jewish. If you identify yourself as Jewish then you can attend our events.
As a general rule we don’t allow mobile phones on our events. If they want to use their phone as a camera or music player they are allowed to do so if they remove their SIM card. We do this so they have an immersive experience and get the most from their time on the event. If you have any questions about this please contact the office on 020 7631 0584
Your contact person while your child/ren is on an event is the Movement Worker at the event. This information is available in the event information. Please contact the office if you don’t have this information.
Our education on events is done informally through creative techniques so your children will not be sitting in a classroom as they do at school. Our educational sessions include being active, arts & crafts, drama, discussions and group work to provide education in many different ways. We aim to make it interesting and thought-provoking; we call it “fun-Jew-cation” for a reason!
Between our organised events there are youth clubs and events at synagogues that you can get involved with. Please contact the office to find out about what is going on near you.