KKL-JNF at the VIA Talks-2.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The Bar Ilan University auditorium was filled with boisterous spirits, cheering and flag waving as youth groups from 13 Zionist movements from English and Spanish speaking countries got ready for the opening of the first VIA (Values in Action) talks on March 23. Co-sponsored by KKL-JNF through its Youth and Education department, along with the Bar Ilan University student union, Keren Hayesod, MASA and the Jewish Agency, the VIA talks are modeled after the popular on-line TED talks where speakers from different areas of expertise lecture for a specified amount of time.
“Being a Jewish activist is a choice,” Rani Trainin, deputy chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, told the young people, many of whom were wearing their youth group uniform. “You being here is enabling and enables.”
According to Ilan Frydman, director of youth movement emissaries for the Jewish Agency, the name “VIA” represents the youth movements' collective action towards implementing their values and reaching their goals.
“The next step is for each of you who are here today to take the spirit of today’s event home with you and organize your own local VIA event for the benefit of your local Zionist youth movements,” Frydman wrote in a welcome to the event.
Also on the same day, in the city of Holon, some 100 French school children, in Israel for a series of ecological workshops and environmental tours at the initiative of KKL-JNF emissary to France Fino Edri, also took part in a meeting with their peers at the Mikveh Israel-Alliance School and were greeted by KKL-JNF Vice Chairman Gael Grunewald and KKL-JNF Head of the Overseas Department in the KKL-JNF Education and Youth Division Dov Paritsky.
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