Support, love and engage
Adam Science Foundation Alumni Network (ASFAN) held an unforgettable evening at the charming Ivy House to celebrate Israel 60 and the continuing success of ASFAN.
Guests had the unique opportunity to hear the laidback music of Hadar Manor; an Israeli busker crowned queen of the underground; while they caught up with friends and enjoyed a buffet dinner.
The night was also extremely informative. In line with the Israel 60 theme, UJIA Chief Executive, Doug Krikler provided insight into the continuing importance of British Jewry's connection with Israel. He was joined by a leading commentator on the Middle East who revealed his expert thoughts on Israel's present security and political situation. Guests were then invited to discuss the issues raised with the speakers.
A number of ASF alumni also gave short presentations on the diverse range of community projects and organisations they have been involved in since completing the Adam Science Foundation Leadership Programme. Louise Morganstein is now a Trustee of the JAT (formerly The Jewish AIDS Trust). Gabrielle Baigel is the Committee Chair and Julie Bolsom is the Secretary of the committee for the Young Friends of Hazon Yeshaya UK, a welfare charity based in Israel. Ross Petar is one of the Founders and the Chair of the Young Jewish Political Network and Rob Gershon is a Trustee, Governor and Treasurer of the Morasha Jewish Primary School.
Nicky Goldman, UJIA Leadership Development Director said, "It is inspiring to hear alumni to speak passionately and confidently about the organisations that they are contributing to after taking part in the ASFLP. The ASFLP is a unique leadership programme for 12 young professionals to develop their vision for and understanding of the key issues facing the UK Jewish community and to support them to take up leadership positions within existing communal organisations or set up projects of their own. The programme involves monthly sessions, weekends away, an international seminar in Israel or America, mentoring and group projects.
The Alumni Network maintains an open forum for the exchange of ideas between past participants of the programme and as a way of putting communal organisations in touch with highly talented, motivated and creative young professionals. The programme involves masterclasses, networking and giving alumni unique opportunities to continue to learn with and from key communal personalities."
The evening was rounded off with a mini award ceremony where last year's ASFAN graduates received personal certificates from ASF Trustee, Ashley Summerfield.