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Young volunteers are honoured at the Yoni Jesner Awards 2015

The smallest gesture can have the biggest impact,” said Marsha Gladstone, Director of the Yoni Jesner Foundation and mother of Yoni Jesner, the 19 year old student killed in Israel in 2002.

More than 200 people joined together at the Yoni Jesner Awards ceremony, coordinated by the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade (JLGB) and the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN), to honour 120 young people (11-14 years) from across the Jewish community for their volunteering efforts. The event was held on Thursday 2nd July at the Camden Centre. It is the largest inter-generational volunteering event in the Jewish community.

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Young volunteers are honoured at the Yoni Jesner Awards 2015

The smallest gesture can have the biggest impact,” said Marsha Gladstone, Director of the Yoni Jesner Foundation and mother of Yoni Jesner, the 19 year old student killed in Israel in 2002.

More than 200 people joined together at the Yoni Jesner Awards ceremony, coordinated by the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade (JLGB) and the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN), to honour 120 young people (11-14 years) from across the Jewish community for their volunteering efforts. The event was held on Thursday 2nd July at the Camden Centre. It is the largest inter-generational volunteering event in the Jewish community.

Guests of Honour including the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Mark Shooter, President of the Board of Deputies Jonathan Arkush and Marsha Gladstone (Yoni’s mother) praised the 120 young people from across the Jewish community for their volunteering efforts.

The Award scheme enables young people to volunteer and record and their 20 hours of volunteering through the JLGB evolve system (funded by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation).  This award is supported by the Yoni Jesner Foundation, the UJIA, the Children’s Aid Committee (CAC )and the Jewish Youth Fund. Many of the volunteers who had completed 50 hours of volunteering were given the special Yoni Jesner Award Plus.

Gia Nathan, evolve Project Manager, told the audience: “The Yoni Jesner Award is a fantastic introduction to volunteering for young people, but it is just the beginning. We hope all the award recipients have been inspired to continue to volunteer, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award – the next step in the evolve journey.”

The Award recipients included students from the Hasmonean High School, Immanuel College, JCoSS, JFS, King David High School (Liverpool), King Solomon High School and Yavneh College.

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