Preparing for ATOI


Preparation sessions have begun with the 180 students from Year 9 who will shortly go to Israel for ‘A Taste of Israel’ (ATOI). This week students heard from Judianne Jayson of the charity MyIsrael (and a JFS mum). 

Myisrael is all about helping UK donors support small charities in Israel in a simple, direct and meaningful way. The charity was set up in March 2008 by JFS Alumna, Danni Franks, three years after she made Aliyah. Students learnt about Social Action, which means taking steps to change the things that are wrong in our society and introducing new ideas and processes for doing things better in the future.  

After learning about Social Action the students were taught the true meaning of charitable giving.  It was explained that this is a gift made by an individual or an organization to a non-profit organization, charity or private foundation. Charitable donations are commonly in the form of cash. Myisrael deal and support people with cancer, victims of sexual abuse and people who struggle financially etc.

After the students were educated they were put into groups where they would decide out of the three charity options which one was the best for today’s society. After the groups discussed this they all shared as a group their thoughts and reasons behind why they picked the one charity out of the three.  Crossroads is an example of a charity option which is a centre for English speaking youth-at-risk where they welcome more than 1000 kids per year. In some cases they are literally saving lives of teenagers who have lost their way.

The students will be interacting with some of MyISrael’s charities whilst in Israel, engaging in practical Social Action.

BY JAMES COOPER, Student Journalist