YJF 15th Anniversary Events.
Yoni was tragically killed on 19th September 2002 in a bus bombing in Israel. Throughout 2017-18 the Yoni Jesner Foundation will be marking this anniversary with several events:
- The Yoni Jesner Foundation 15th Anniversary Glasgow Lecture
- YJF 15th Anniversary Event in London. 26th October 2017 - an evening hosted by Yoni's friends.
- Under One Roof - Yoni's Global Sukkah
- Yoni Jesner Conversations - 15th Anniversary 2018 (more details to follow)
HRH The Prince of Wales visit to Yavneh College.
On 1st February 2017, HRH The Prince of Wales spent the morning at Yavneh College in Hertfordshire on a visit designed to showcase the phenomenal amount of social action taking place at the school and across the community. The Yoni Jesner Awards, in partnership with JLGB, were proud to be part of the wider showcase of JLGB's social action programmes and awards across school years 7-13.
The Prince met met 12-year-old twins Chloe and Leora Jesner, who are the first relatives of the late Yoni Jesner to have taken part in the volunteering and leadership scheme set up by his family. Yoni’s mother Marsha Gladstone said: “I told him that the values Yoni lived his life – feeling a responsibility to the community around him – are the values we inculcate through the Awards and that Yavneh and all Jewish schools are imbuing through informal Jewish informal education programmes. If you want the country to run well, you need the youth to grow up with a feeling of responsibility.
Other dignitaries including the Chief Rabbi, the President and Trustees of Yavneh College, Lindsay Levkoff Lynn, Chief Executive Youth United Foundation, Sir Nick Parker, Chair Step Up to Serve, Charlotte Hill, Chief Executive Step Up to Serve and Dame Julia Cleverdon, Founder Step Up to Serve.
To read more about the visit, please click on the following links:
Maccabi Fun Run 2017 - Run, Jog Walk for YJF.
Last year, the Yoni Jesner Foundation took part in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run for the first time. We had a team of 80 runners, walkers, scooters and babies in buggies who raised £12,000 for the Yoni Jesner Foundation - an incredible amount which helped us continue inspiring young people to do more and care more using Yoni's legacy in 2016-17.
As with everything else, a year goes very quickly and we are now starting to think about the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run which this year takes place on Sunday 11th June.
Would you like to be one of the YJF #runningforYoni team this year? 2017 is the 15th year since we lost Yoni and we really hope we can raise lots of money to secure the next 15 years of the Yoni Jesner Foundation.
Run, walk, hop, skip or dance your way around one of three distances - 1km, 5km or 10km. There is also a free Family Fun Zone and Health & Wellbeing Hub including treatment and taster sessions and lots of other activities for all. It's a really fab, fun day for all ages!
For more information about the Fun Run and to sign up, please click here.
YJF 15th Anniversary Glasgow Lecture.
To find out more about our Guest Speaker, Professor David Purdie, please click here
YJF 15th Anniversary Glasgow Lecture
Guest Speaker, Professor David Purdie.
To purchase tickets online for the YJF 15th Anniversary Glasgow Lecture, please click here.
Marsha Gladstone awarded Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation Volunteer of the Year at the JVN Volunteer Awards
Marsha Gladstone was awarded the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2016 JVN Volunteer Awards.
Marsha Gladstone said in her acceptance speech: “I wonder how many people are really aware of the huge role volunteers play in making that great success of these organisations possible.”
JVN chairman David Lazarus said: “These awards collectively show that volunteers are truly valued.”
The night was compèred by Lord Daniel Finkelstein and music was provided by acapella group The Four Sons – a band that was formed by 4 young people during their Yoni Jesner Award and has since raised over £10,000.
Harry Levitus Has Been Awarded the Glasgow Jewish Rep Council's Yoni Jesner Award.
The Glasgow Rep Council has awarded this year's Yoni Jesner Award to Harry Levitus, who has already demonstrated his involvement in our community through his being awarded the Dr IK Cosgrove prize at Hutchie for community service, and by being a member of JLGB, FZY and Habonim.
Harry has chosen to spend his exchange year at IDC in Herzliya because Israel is of great importance in his life. He has shown that he cares greatly about his community, that he wants to be involved. I believe that it’s young people like him who will play a vital role in the future of our British Jewish community.
We know he will have a wonderful time in Israel this coming year and will return to this country inspired and full of enthusiasm, ready to continue his involvement, becoming one of the new leaders and role models this country so desperately needs, using his experience to inspire others throughout his adult life.
Pictured Harry's father, David Levitus receiving the Award on his behalf.
The Jesner Twins: Yoni Jesner Volunteering Awards Inspires The Next Generation
Marsha Gladstone, flanked by granddaughters, Chloe and Leora Jesner
Leora and Chloe Jesner, the twin nieces of the late Yoni Jesner, mark the beginning of their volunteering journey by starting the Yoni Jesner Volunteering Awards, adding to tens of thousands of hours of good deeds already completed in the name of their uncle. This is especially poignant as Leora and Chloe, aged 12 from Yavneh College are the first immediate family members of Yoni to take part in the award in honour of his memory.
Enrolment for the Yoni Jesner Awards has now launched for this academic year, following inspiring assemblies from Yoni’s mother, Marsha Gladstone at schools all over the country. Yoni Jesner was killed in a suicide bombing on a bus in Israel in 2002. Yoni was an inspirational youth leader and true role-model for many young people, and his drive and determination led him to achieve more in his 19 years than many people do in a lifetime.
This is set to be a record-breaking year for the Yoni Jesner Awards, with over 500 young people already signed up since September. The scheme is managed by evolve, JLGB’s youth volunteering initiative, in partnership with the Yoni Jesner Foundation. Young people in school years 7 and 8 can take part in the award by volunteering as little as 20 hours, making a difference to the community throughout the year. The Yoni Jesner Awards will be launching in Manchester King David, Leeds JFS and Liverpool King David in the coming weeks.
Thanks to evolve, young people can now sign up directly through their chosen synagogue, youth group or charity. To register for the award, discover youth friendly volunteering projects, track hours and keep on target visit www.jlgb.org/yonijesner
Leora Jesner said, “Last year we went to the ceremony and all we wanted to do was go up on stage and receive the award”
Chloe Jesner said, “We are happy hearing the special things that the awards have achieved in our uncle’s name”
Marsha Gladstone, Yoni’s mother, grandmother of the Jesner Twins said, “Yoni was a mixture of so many different things. On the one hand he was fun and zingy, had loads of different friends of all ages, backgrounds and religions and really loved people. Yet underneath all that there was a modest, more serious layer, helping others and volunteering in so many different ways.”
Neil Martin OBE, JLGB Chief Executive said, “All of us at JLGB are so proud to power the Yoni Jesner Awards through the evolve volunteering and skills initiative. Working together with the Yoni Jesner Foundation we are excited for all the upgrades we have made as we further digitise the award with even more features. Now, for the first time, young people can sign up, not just through their school, but alternatively through the charity they are volunteering at or the youth group or synagogue they belong to, each of whom will be able to view the collective impact their young people have made.”
One of Yoni’s friends, Ben Casper decided to honor Yoni by getting friends, family, and other community members to donate a life-saving ambucycle in honor of his memory. Together, they raised over $36,000 to purchase an ambucycle equipped with new emergency medical supplies that will be used by one of United Hatzalah of Israel's volunteer medics.
"Bikey McBikeface" - the United Hatzalah of Israel ambucycle was dedicted in Yoni Jesner's z"l memory and was declared officially street-ready and off to save lives two days before Yoni's 14th yahrtzeit)
Marsha Gladstone recently received an email from Avraham Sacks from the Update Team.
Subject: Update: Ambucycle #705
To the wonderful contributors of the Yoni Jesner campaign,
Your ambucycle has been busy saving lives with the help of its dedicated rider, Avi.
Last week, Avi was excited to celebrate his son’s first birthday! He was at a toy store in Central Jerusalem buying a gift when he received an alert from United Hatzalah Command Center. A man had sustained a serious head injury in the Mea Shearim neighborhood. Avi quickly placed his item on the counter and asked the clerk to hold it for him. He then ran outside, hopped on your ambucycle and sped to the scene.
The narrow streets and alleyways of Mea Shearim were backed up with typical midday traffic. Avi weaved deftly through the cars on your nimble ambucycle, arriving in just 90 seconds! He discovered a pedestrian sprawled on the pavement, bleeding from his wounds. In the tumult the man had apparently been knocked over, sending him flying back onto the hard concrete.
Avi applied pressure to the broad gash in the man’s head, in order to stem the hemmhoraging. He cleaned and bandaged the man’s wound and took a thorough set of vital signs. When the ambulance finally arrived, the recovering patient decided to refuse transport, preferring to follow-up instead at a local clinic.
Just a couple of hours later, Avi was called back to Mea Shearim. This time, a young boy was suffering from a severe asthma attack. Avi raced back to the neighborhood and made it to the location in record time!
The 7 year-old boy was wheezing horribly, unable to breathe. The experienced medic immediately administered oxygen and observed as the patient’s body relaxed from the lifesaving treatment. He continued to calm and reassure the little boy and his mother until the ambulance arrived nearly 30 minutes later.
The young mother expressed her profound gratitude for Avi’s prompt arrival and professional care. These thanks are extended to you, the generous donors of ambucycle #705. Thank you for providing Avi with the tools he needs to save lives!
The Update Team
Israelife - United Hatzalah
Watch the video of the dedication.