Do you have questions about Judaism and Israel? Do you want to speak with other young people from your region? Do you want to develop leadership skills such a confidence and reasoning? Do you think it’s important to discuss Judaism and Israel with non-Jewish young people? Do you want to help dismantle prejudices?
Are you between 16 and 18 years of age? Then you are at the right place at Likrat!
«I decided to take part in Likrat because this is the only way to fight against prejudices about Judaism. We can show pupils that we are just normal Swiss teenagers, because often we are the first Jews that they have ever met.»
As Likrat participants, we call them Likratinos and Likratinas, you will firstly be trained over several seminars. You will learn new things about Judaism, how to act confidently in front of a school class, and how you can react to critical questions. The Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities (SIG) is in charge of selecting participants. It’s important to us that as many young people as possible from different areas and municipalities are involved in the project. When you’ve finished the training, you then start with the Likrat encounters.
As a Likratino or Likratina, you will visit school classes in German-speaking Switzerland in pairs and discuss Jewish traditions and values with the pupils. These discussions help give Judaism a face and you can play an important role in dismantling prejudices. When you’ve led a Likrat encounter, you will get a reasonable amount of pay.
«I recommend Likrat to everyone interested in learning more about their religion as well as others. In the training seminars you learn a lot about your own religion and get to talk with Jews from Switzerland who are the same age as you. At Likrat encounters, you will mainly meet open-minded and interested pupils, you will be able to apply what you have learnt there and will also learn something new yourself each time.»