THREE new movement workers are busy planning events for the year ahead at Habonim Dror.
Robert Berman, Natalie Bernstein and Elijah Winston are all based in Manchester.
Robert, of Bury, said: “I am really looking forward to helping make the movement grow from strength-to-strength over the coming year.”
His involvement with Habonim goes back 10 years, when he attended a winter camp.
Robert, who read business at Leeds Beckett University, went on the movement’s Israel tour in 2011.
He also spent a year in Israel on Shnat in 2013 and a year with Habonim Dror North America, before leading the movement’s Nemerim camp.
Natalie, who read childhood studies at Nottingham Trent University, also spent a gap year on Shnat with Habonim.
The 24-year-old, of Sale, said: “I have been involved with Habo since going on Ofarim in 2006, and I went on every camp that followed, until I became a leader. I led camps for seven years.
“This summer I led the Israel tour, which was a real highlight of my leadership journey and this year I am rakezet chanichim (co-ordinator).
“It will involve being being Israel tour co-ordinator with responsibility for Manchester and Glasgow meetings, lunchtime clubs and all school interaction.”
Elijah, who was raised in South Africa, moved to England in 2015.
“I became involved with Habonim because I wanted to meet like-minded people and it was the perfect place to do so.
“As well as being rakaz madrichim this year, together with Nat, I will ensure that Leeds and Glasgow meetings continue to thrive and pull in new members.
“In the last few years, Habonim has grown and improved in so many ways and I want to be involved in ensuring that continues.”
The trio will work together with Habonim’s executive director Belinda Copitch, who works from both the London and Manchester offices, and Tammy Shneck, communications and events manager, who is based in Manchester.
The team reports to a board of trustees, and are supported by a number of sub-committees, including parent committees.