Bnei Akiva teenage volunteers visit Afula

Twenty-two members of Bnei Akiva youth movement spent two weeks in Afula, northern Israel, volunteering at Emunah’s Sarah Herzog Children’s Centre, a home for disadvantaged children. Their visit heralds the third year that Bnei Akiva, the UK’s largest Jewish youth movement, has run its Kaytana scheme at the Emunah children’s home, showing first-time Madrichim (leaders) another side to life in Israel.

The participants, who are aged 16 or 17, were chosen from over 100 applicants from around the country and those taking part come from Hendon, Finchley, Edgware, Stanmore and Borehamwood, as well as from Manchester and Leeds. Living on campus at Emunah’s Sarah Herzog Children’s Centre,  they befriended the young people and helped staff with activities and outings.

At a briefing before they left the UK the group of volunteers were addressed by British Emunah representative Mindy Wiesenberg.  She said: “Bnei Akiva is a wonderful organisation and I am proud of you for giving up two weeks of your time to help children who come from very different backgrounds to your own.  These children cannot live in their own homes because the situation is too difficult:  either they are dysfunctional or they have been emotionally or physically abused. Some have parents who are addicted to drugs or are in prison, while others have no parents at all.

“We also look after those with special needs, and have activities and therapies that enable all of the children to enjoy as normal a life as possible.  There is basketball and sport; an art room, music therapy and a petting zoo, and we take them swimming. Over 100 children live at the home and a further 100 attend daily programmes.

Mrs Wiesenberg  went onto explain that Emunah is one of the largest social welfare organisations in Israel and that the charity British Emunah helps to fund 36 of the 200 projects and services. She added: “You will be guided by the staff and the councillors as how to interact with the children; language is not a barrier – and they will all benefit from friendship and a smile.  We quite literally transform lives and you will be helping to make a difference.”

Co-leaders of Bnei Akiva Kaytana scheme were Rachel Gaon, 21, and Aaron Wunsh, 20, who  were helped by Hannah Myerson, 19.  The project represents many months of planning by the three, who are volunteers.  They have been liaising with Shlomo Kessel, director of the Emunah centre in Afula.

Rachel Gaon said: “My role is to make sure that Kaytana is a structured volunteer programme that will benefit participants and create confidence and boost self esteem.  It is very different to camp because the emphasis is on learning how to interact with a group of children who may not be initially receptive and being able to take cues from staff and Sherut Leumi (national service) volunteers. Our goal is to create the next generation of leaders who will take responsibility for the community while observing traditional orthodox Jewish values.

“Teaming up with Emunah is a win, win situation. Kaytana is an opportunity for Bnei Akiva Madrichim from all over the country to come together to gain valuable experience and training while helping to care for some of Israel’s most vulnerable children.”

A short film made by Hannah Myerson showing just what Kaytana was like is available to view by clicking here.

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Save the Date! British Emunah Annual Gala Dinner 2016

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Join children from the Emunah Afula Children’s Centre in Israel and take part in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run 2016

This year join Team Emunah and participate in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run on Sunday June 19th.  Register to take part for Emunah and we will help you fundraise to help disadvantaged children at our centres in Israel.  We are bringing two children from the Sarah Herzog Children’s Centre in Afula to join Team Emunah.  They are great kids who are training hard and who will be enjoying a trip of a lifetime to London.  Please join with us and make this an exceptionally memorable day.

Click here to register and we will be in touch to help you raise sponsorship.  Please note that the registration fee does not come to Emunah.  That goes to Maccabi GB – so we need you to raise sponsorship to help our children in Israel.  Many thanks!  Please contact us at British Emunah Head Office  by calling 020 8203 6066 or emailing, if you need any more information about taking part.

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This Pesach please help Emunah’s ‘Four Sons’ and all the children in our care

Emunah’s Neve Landy Children’s Village in southern Israel is home to boys who are emotionally disturbed through abuse, trauma or neglect.  As we read about the ‘Four Sons’ in the Haggadah, please spare a moment to consider some of the troubled and vulnerable children who rely on Emunah’s expert care every day.

This Pesach, please give what you can to help provide a better future for Emunah’s ‘Four Sons’ and the 12,000 boys and girls in our centres across Israel. Click here to donate now.

Images and names have been changed to protect identities.

Noam is 12 and both his parents are drug addicts.  He was two years behind in his school work when he first came to Neve Landy as he’d been staying at home to look after his three siblings.

Thanks to Emunah’s specialist educational support at Neve Landy, Noam is now catching up and is achieving great results at school.

When he is older he would like to be a scientist.

Avi, 13, came to Neve Landy with a history of fighting, truancy and anti-social behaviou.  His father had abandoned the family when Avi was four. As he grew up, his mother couldn’t cope with his wild mood swings and violent behaviour.

Emunah gives Avi the counselling support he needs to be able to heal from his traumatic past, avoid youth prison and live the happy life that he deserves.

Daniel was placed at Neve Landy st the age of seven. He had been sexually abused by a relative for several years and became withdrawn and unresponsive.

After four years of Emunah’s care at Neve Landy Daniel is learning to trust adults again and is now starting to be able to express his emotions.

He particularly enjoys gardening therapy, working in the greenhouse supported by expert staff.

When social services found Tal wandering in the street hecould hardly speak.  He was a feral child, wild and scared.  His mother was located, too drunk to care where her son was.

Aged just six, Tal is one of the youngest children living at Neve Landy.

Emunah counsellors and speech therapists are working with Tal, helping him to heal from the neglect that has blighted his young life.

Emunah’s Neve Landy Children’s Village is a residential home that provides vital therapeutic support for 74 children from the ages of six to 17, who suffer from severe behavioural and emotional problems.

For many of the children this is their last chance of a normal life.

Neve Landy is one of three residential children’s homes supported by British Emunah.  We also help disadvantaged children via a network of high schools, family support and day care centres as well as trauma and therapy counselling services.  Emunah in Israel cares for 12,000 children and British Emunah supports 37 projects.  We can only do this with your support.

Thank you.

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Enjoy challenging yourself for Emunah – like Alison Cohen did in last year’s London Marathon!

You may have seen in last week’s JC  that this year’s London Marathon is on second day Pesach so we we won’t have any runners taking part for Emunah.  This will mean we are missing out on vital funds that our runners normally raise.

You can still help Emunah to transform the lives of ‘at risk’ children in Israel by either taking on a challenge event in 2016 yourself or sponsoring others who are.

Flora is power-walking again for Emunah’s children

Marathon veteran, great-grandmother Flora Frank is once again taking part in the Jerusalem Marathon in March 2016 and would appreciate donations to Emunah. Please support Flora in her incredible physical endeavour.   Flora you are a star! You can donate to support Flora online at

If you would like to take part in the Jerusalem marathon – either the full distance or 5k or 10k, there are still places available and you would be supported in your efforts by our colleagues at Emunah in Israel. Call us on 020 8203 6066 to find out more about taking part in the Jerusalem Marathon.

Support Claire as she tackles another challenge for Emunah

Claire Gothelf from Leeds bravely ran in the London Marathon for Emunah last year and was featured in the Jewish Telegraph newspaper (pictured).  Now Claire is running again for Emunah, this time in the Tel Aviv Half Marathon on 26th February 2016.  Donations in support of Claire’s efforts can be made online at

Bnei Akiva Torani participants are running again for Emunah

Once again some of the wonderful gap-year students taking part in the Bnei Akiva Torani programme in Israel have decided to run 5k or 10k for Emunah in the Jerusalem Marathon.  The Torani group visited the Sarah Herzog Children’s Centre in Afula in October 2015 and spent Shabbat with the children there.  This has inspired many of the group to run for Emunah.  Those taking part are Eli Davila, Keren Davis, Akiva Fink, Sammy Flasher, Oscar Koslover, Gadi Melcer, Dov Seitler and Malka Weissler.  Thank you all!

You can sponsor the Bnei Akiva Torani runners by visiting their individual justgiving fundraising pages or via the Emunah website

Take up the challenge yourself in 2016

Emunah currently has places available in the following challenge events in 2016. Get involved and do something amazing!

Vitality London 10,000 Race on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May 2016

There is still time to enter this 10k run and fundraise to support Emunah’s work for children in Israel. Contact Head Office for help registering for a place.

Maccabi GB Community Fun Run on Sunday 19th June 2016

Come and enjoy this family friendly community event - and join children from the Sarah Herzog Children’s Centre in Afula, who will be taking part in the race too.  For the first time we are bringing three children from our home in Afula to take the challenge with us.  They are training now for this exciting opportunity to visit London and to take part in this event. Join Team Emunah, get sponsored to take part and come and run, walk or toddle with the children from Afula!  It will be a unique and special experience. Call us on 0208 203 6066 to find out more.  Everyone in Team Emunah will receive a t-shirt, fundraising advice and all of our support!

Ride London on Sunday 31st July 2016

Get on your bike for Emunah! We have places available to take part in this great event. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it’s a truly spectacular event for all involved. Contact Head Office if you are interested in taking part.

If you know anyone who would like to take on a physical challenge – please pass this email on to them!

Thank you for your continuing support for British Emunah.

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And the 2016 Finalists are…..

Book your seats now for the Showcase Final Concert on Sunday 20th March 2016!

Following the Northern Heats on January 28th and the London Heats on Sunday 7th February we are delighted to announce that the finalists for the Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year competitions are as follows:



JOHN GALLANT                        VIOLIN

JAMES HARVEY                        CLASSICAL VOICE




MARK ENGLANDER                  PIANO

SIMON HANASSAB                   PIANO

ELEANOR VOAK                       TREBLE RECORDER

ZOE STEINBERG                         CLARINET













To book tickets for the Showcase Final concert at 2.30 pm on Sunday 20th March 2016 – which will also feature a performance by last year’s winning musician Poppy McGhee, as well as the presentation of the Sara Freedman Woodwind award and the Steven Isserlis Cup for use of music for a charitable purpose, please click here.

Adult Premium Tickets are £35, Adult Tickets are £25 and Child Ticket ( under 16) are £15.  Book soon to be assured of your place.

Below are some pictures from the Manchester and London Heats.

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Enter the Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year Competitions – Now!

Download your entry form and apply now to enter the Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year competitions!  Click here to download a printable copy of the entry form.

Full rules and regulations are available by clicking here.

For a copy of the flyer please click here.

For further information or any enquiries please contact Alison Cohen at Emunah Head Office on 020 8203 6066 or email

We look forward to hearing from all the young and talented musicians and singers out there!

Click here to see an article about last year’s competition.

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A group of students are set to take on Machu Picchu – to raise funds for Emunah!

Little steps to making lives better

A group of students led by Candice Frischer, have decided, in June 2016, to climb the Salkantay trek in Peru to fundraise for Emunah. They realises that the challenge will be hard, that they will be taking approximately 130;500 steps, that over 70 km will be walked, and that they will not be able to shower or sleep in a bed for 6 days. Nevertheless they intend to make every one of her 130,500 steps count.

To find out more about what is motivating Candice and the group to undertake this incredible journey and to sponsor her trip please visit her Justgiving fundraising page by clicking here.  If you would like more details about the trip or want to take part please call  British Emunah Head Office on 020 8203 6066.  You can also donate to help Candice fund raise via our website by clicking here.

Thank you!

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Come and hear from The Travelling Rabbi

You are invited to come and hear Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, known as The Travelling Rabbi of Southern Africa at one of two events: 18th January in Borehamwood and on Thursday 21st January at a Northwest London venue.

For details please see the fliers below or call 0208 203 6066.

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It’s time for the 2016 Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year competitions!

Download your entry form and apply now to enter the Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year competitions!  Click here to download a printable copy of the entry form.

Full rules and regulations are available by clicking here.

For a copy of the flyer please click here.

For further information or any enquiries please contact Alison Cohen at Emunah Head Office on 020 8203 6066 or email

We look forward to hearing from all the young and talented musicians and singers out there!

Click here to see an article about last year’s competition.

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Its nearly time to enter the Emunah Young Musician and Young Singer of the Year competitions!  Full details and entry forms will be available very soon.  In the meantime please keep these dates free:

Thursday 28th January 2016 – Manchester Heats (tbc)

Sunday 7th February 2016 – London Heats

Sunday 20th March 2016 – Showcase Final Concert with overall winners announced.

Email us at to register your interest.

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