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New Horizons at Mavar


Amos Schonfield - Mavar's new CEO What is the first day of a new job ‘supposed’ to look like? Arrive in your office to be shown which are the correct mugs to use, be handed a code for the photocopier that you’ll likely forget at the bottom of your drawer, sheepishly introduce yourself and try to remember everyone’s names? It…

Mavar director steps down after ‘life-affirming’ stint


** This article originally appeared in the Jewish Chronicle, 15th January 2021** By Simon Rocker. Linda Turner, co-founder of Mavar, the charity which supports Charedi community members looking to explore new avenues in life has stepped down after seven years as director. Her successor is Amos Schonfield, founding director of Our Second Home, a youth organisation for refugees and asylum-seekers…

Perspectives on Educational Mentoring


An education mentor’s blog December 2019 In order to maintain confidentiality, all personal names have been changed. First steps I met my first mentee “Josh” in March 2014.   He immediately challenged my expectations of the composite Stamford Hill stereotype in almost every way. He had been secular for several years yet was still living and working in Stamford Hill. He…

Existential Crisis


In our 5th year, Mavar is publishing a series of blogs from members and the volunteers who support them, to open a window onto their relationship from both perspectives, as well as the ongoing journeys the members face. Here's, a fascinating blog from a Mavar member. "I was brought up in a community that was separated from the outside world,…

Learning English as a Yiddish speaker


One of our members went to speak to a local Yiddish group about his experiences learning English from within the Chassidic community in Stamford Hill and Gateshead, which also touches on some of his issues around leaving and entering the secular world. The group made a really wonderful short video about his experiences, which also mentions Mavar and the help…

Director’s Blog – January


Expansion, Expansion The last part of 2018 was a crazy but exciting few months, launching Mavar North (based in Manchester) and training additional mentors for Mavar London who themselves grew up in the Charedi world. This has meant running a bunch of training sessions, supported by updated resource packs, revised policies, DBS checks, references…….. you name it! All in a…