About Us

Y2i (Youth 2 Israel) was established in 2014 to maximise the number of Year 10 students who go on a transformational Israel education program. Responding to the Gen08-inspired JCA TouchPoints Report in 2011, which found Year 10 Israel trips to be pivotal in shaping Jewish identity, the JCA Planning Committee sought to increase program participation in these important “touch points” for the development of strong Jewish identity. These insights, combined with international research, made clear that Israel-based educational programs of five weeks or more, play a significant role in determining Jewish continuity. This provided the catalyst for Y2i which was launched as an Endowment Fund of JCA in 2015.

Whether from Jewish day schools or non-Jewish day schools, Y2i provides an opportunity for all Jewish students to experience Israel at the pinnacle of their high school education.

Y2i provides discretionary subsidies of up to $5,000 to eligible Year 10 students from NSW, ACT and QLD with at least one Jewish parent, making participation in an approved Israel education program more affordable. These Israel experiences of five weeks or longer are a life changing journey of Jewish identity, that support Jewish continuity in our local community.

Year 10 Israel programs are only the beginning of their Jewish journey, both at an individual and communal level. They are stepping stones to a greater understanding of self, our religion, connection, and the broader Jewish community.

OUR VISION

Inspiring generations of young people with an understanding of their Jewish heritage, a love for Israel, and an enthusiasm to participate in their Jewish community

Our People

Y2i Operations Board

Y2i Operations Limited is managed by a Board of Directors who have devoted themselves to enhancing the Australian Jewish community. Acting as advocates for future generations of diasporic Jewish youth, our Board’s collective extensive communal experience helps drive Y2i’s success.

They are:

  • Jeremy Dunkel (Chair)
  • Darren Chait
  • Lani Franks
  • Yair Miller OAM
  • Peter Philippsohn OAM
  • Ron Weiser AM

Donor Representatives

Y2i has a group of donor representatives from our five major Jewish communal partner organisations.  Together they reflect the interests of the Jewish community and highlight the broad support from local and Israel focused organisations for Y2i. Their key role is to oversee the management of Y2i funds.

They are:

  • Jason Eisner | President, JNF NSW
  • Robert Goot AM SC | Past President, Executive Council of Australian Jewry
  • David Ossip | President, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
  • Stanley Roth AM | Life President, UIA NSW
  • Ian Sandler | President, JCA

Staff

Y2i has a small team of dedicated professional staff who manage the day to day operations of the organisation.

They are:

  • Rachel Swartz | Y2i Manager
  • Sharon Philippsohn | Continuity Appeal Manager

Our Partners

Y2i is truly a communal initiative. We have the support of, and representation from, the five major NSW communal organisations – JCA, UIA, JNF, Executive Council of Australian Jewry, and Jewish Board of Deputies (NSW). By coming together, we are able to collectively address one of the biggest issues facing our community – Jewish continuity.

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