Learning about Jewish life doesn’t always need to be behind a desk. UJEB’s J-Lunch program provides weekly in-school social activities, cultural sessions and events for secondary school students.
Having J-Lunch in schools provides time each week for Jewish students to connect with other Jewish peers in their school, as well as encouraging them to join together with the wider student community at UJEB and communal events.
The sessions are led by charismatic youth leaders, who run activities and discussions around contemporary topics including Israel, festivals, Jewish food, music and current affairs.
J-Lunch is currently running online programs for all Jewish students during the Covid-19 restrictions, offering weekly netflix parties, study support sessions, Zoom game rooms and plenty of competitions.
If you are a school interested in hosting J-Lunch for your Jewish students, contact our Teen Engagement Coordinator at email@example.com.
|Mondays||Lunchtime||No cost (free)|
|Thursdays||Lunchtime||No cost (free)|
|Fridays (both campuses)||Lunchtime||No cost (free)|
|Wednesdays||Lunchtime||No cost (free)|
BBYO is the leading international pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in meaningful Jewish experiences. The BBYO model is based on peer leadership, where teens develop leadership skills through leading their group, guided by a UJEB teen engagement professional. The 2020 BBYO Melbourne student cohort runs regular events every fortnight (currently running online).
BBYO in Victoria is a collaboration between BBYO International, B’nai B’rith Victoria and UJEB. BBYO is now also in NSW, and has plans to grow nationally. BBYO is open to all Jewish students in years 8-12.
BBYO plays a significant role in the UJEB Journey for Jewish teens by providing a social outlet outside of school, as well as leadership opportunities including UJEB events and camps. BBYO also connects students to a wide range of international opportunities.
In 2019 UJEB’s BBYO members had exciting opportunities to connect with the BBYO international movement. In June/July 2019 a group of our teens travelled to Pennsylvania for BBYO’s International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC), where they honed their leadership skills with 250 teens from all over the world. We also sent 2 cohorts to BBYO International Convention (IC) in 2019 (Denver) and 2020 (Dallas). IC is attended by more than 6,000 Jewish teens from over 50 countries, as well as educators and philanthropists. These students brought back valuable leadership skills and enthusiasm, to nourish and grow BBYO Melbourne.
To get involved email our BBYO Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Teen Engagement Coordinator at email@example.com
J-Voice is UJEB High’s latest leadership and activism program for secondary students at non-Jewish schools.
Through leadership and collaborative sessions, the J-Voice student committee gets to create a report of what it’s like to be a Jewish student in Victoria in primary and secondary government schools.
The team’s ideas and solutions will then be presented directly to the Department of Education and Training to increase youth involvement in school strategy and initiate change in government schools.
Participation in J-Voice provides each participant with government endorsed leadership experience, formal recognition as an author on the final report and the opportunity to make a difference for the Jewish student experience.
UJEB is supporting Glen Eira College (GEC) to reintroduce Hebrew language studies as part of the curriculum for year 7 students from 2020 onwards. The program will expand to include other year levels as this cohort progresses. This language program also connects with other Jewish cultural activities at the school, including festival celebrations and J-Lunch.
Please direct enquiries about this program to Glen Eira Secondary College.
|2020 start||Year 7 (will expand as this cohort progresses)||TBA|
UJEB’s Project Kulanu provides a range of Jewish educational resources and services to families with children living on the Autism Spectrum and/or with disabilities. This includes weekly Jewish Life sessions in Specialist Schools, tailored B’nai Mitzvah programs for students with special needs, and professional development programs and presentations on inclusion for Jewish organisations, day schools, conferences and events. The Kulanu initiative is also building networks with other disability support organisations in our community, to improve cooperation and access for families to a wider range of services.
|Tuesdays||10 - 10.30 am||TBA|
|Fridays (fortnightly)||1.30 - 2 pm||TBA|
|Wednesdays||12.45 - 1.15 pm||TBA|