EDRS celebrates achievements of 30-strong group graduating from youth leadership course
The community of Edgware and District Reform Synagogue (EDRS) last night proudly celebrated the graduation of 30 young members who completed its very own two-year Hadracha leadership programme. The course was written and implemented by EDRS’ Youth Directors who led the group in monthly sessions where they delivered training on; informal Jewish education, child protection and programme writing and delivery to name a few. As well as this, the young people were given work experience within EDRS’ successful weekly clubs and play schemes.
EDRS welcomed over 100 people; friends and family of the Graduates, as well as the Synagogues Rabbi’s, honorary officers and community members.
The community was also delighted to welcome special guest the Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Schama to the graduation, along with Ben Rich Chief Executive of The Movement for Reform Judaism and Frankie Stubbs, Movement Worker at RSY-Netzer.
The Mayor, who made the presentation, said to the graduates: “It is fantastic to see so many young people not only talking about doing something but actually doing.”
The graduates themselves spoke of the course: “We have really enjoyed the course and have learnt so much. It’s been an amazing experience and we have enjoyed every minute.”
Prior to the Mayor’s presentation of the graduation certificates, Frankie Stubbs congratulated the graduating group on all the excellent work they had achieved over the past two years and her voiced her excitement at the prospect of working with them all and seeing them strengthen their skills in the future.
Emma Senitt, EDRS Youth Director commented on the graduation: “It was a huge success. We are so proud of what this group has achieved over the past two years. Many of them have been attending clubs at EDRS since they were young. We have seen them all grow and develop into wonderful role models, and it’s fantastic that they now want to give back to the community that has given them so much.”
Whilst addressing the group Miss Senitt quoted the London 2012 slogan ‘inspiring a generation’, saying that she hopes this is what EDRS has achieved with the graduating Class of 2012 and looks forward to them doing the same for the young people they will now be leading.
Press Release 4 July 2012