This Charity is dedicated to the memory of Alan Charles Senitt murdered in Washington DC on 9th July 2006 whilst defending a friend. The core purpose of the trust is for it to be a testimony to and the perpetuation of the life, work and aspirations of Alan for the benefit of future generations.
Making a difference by funding education and training opportunities for future community leaders
Making a difference by funding innovative opportunities for Interfaith dialogue and Israel education
Alan Charles Senitt born 26th December 1978 the eldest of three siblings. Alan was always his own person, carving his own path in life and determined to succeed in everything he put his mind to.
Alan really was a gift from God put on this earth for a reason. He had a unique gift of making everyone he met feel special whether they were 90 or 9 years old. And making them understand and believe that everything they had to offer the world was unique and important.
Everyone who speaks about Alan remembers him with his large smile on his face always there to make you feel calm and safe in any environment.
As a brother he was everything an older sibling should be, a rock, an inspiration, a teacher, a hero. Guiding, supporting and protecting Emma and James with everything they wished to pursue.
When Alan’s friends convinced him at the age of 13 to try BBYO youth clubs, he wasn’t sure he would like it but it was to be where he found himself, great friends and a path from which he would grow to be the amazing person he was.
During his all too short life Alan had held the posts of National President of B’nai B’rith Youth Organisation, National Chairman of the Union of Jewish Students, Israel Lobbyist for BICOM (British Israel Communications and Research), and first Director of The Political Council for Co-existence and of the Co-existence Trust and Director of The Israel-Britain Business Council.
One of the most memorable moments of Alan’s career was when he stood in Trafalgar Square in front of 50,000 members of the Jewish Community and delivered a speech of solidarity. He carried himself with dignity and delivered it with his trademark aplomb. Most people distinctly remember smiling at his use of the famous Golda Meir line about “when they learn to love their children….”, which he nuanced to emphasis the importance of “sharing our commitment”.
For anyone that didn’t know Alan, just hearing or reading this speech tells you a huge amount about what he stood for. Hopefully Alan’s dugma ishit, the personal example he set to those around him, will forever be a blessing and an inspiration to the students and leaders that learned from him.
Alan was an inspirational community leader and political activist with a great passion and belief for all that he did in and with a great future ahead of him. He died as he lived, defending the rights of others.
Inspiring the next generation of community leaders!
The core purpose of the trust is for it to be a testimony to and the perpetuation of the life, work and aspirations of Alan for the benefit of future generations.
Bringing faiths together to forge links and break down barriers by establishing dialogue and friendships through educational programmes.
We help UK Jews establish an affinity with Israel through scholarships for gap year programmes and projects promoting Israeli culture and customs.
We facilitate sporting activities amongst youngsters of all abilities and economic circumstances.
By providing grants to those in financial hardship and those working or wanting to work in selected fields.
We promote public safety and the prevention of street crime through educational activities.
TRUSTEES OF THE TRUST
Chairperson: Emma Senitt
Vice-Chair: James Senitt
Hon. Secretary: Karen Senitt
Hon. Treasurer: Russell Chaplin
PATRONS OF THE TRUST
Mr Matt Lucas
Lord Parry Mitchell
Sir Gulam Noon OBE
Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks
Lord Jeffery Sterling Baron of Plaistow CBE
Luciana Berger MP
Upstanders Leadership Programme
The Alan Senitt Upstanders Leadership programme is a community schools linking leadership programme for Year 10 pupils of different faith, cultural and social background. This is a programme by the Alan Senitt Memorial Trust, a charity dedicated to the memory of Alan Charles Senitt, murdered in Washington DC on 9th July 2006 whilst defending a friend. The programme is managed and facilitated by Stand Up! and Streetwise Streetwise, partnership projects between CST and Maccabi GB.
The Leadership Programme allows the participants to learn about each other; their different cultures, religions and communities and at the same time reflect on themselves and gain leadership skills that will benefit their local community and serve them throughout their lives. In 2018/19 the programme has shifted its focus from community social action projects, to anti-discrimination community projects, becoming an ambassadors ‘Upstanders’ course for Stand Up! Education Against Discrimination.
The Alan Senitt Community Leadership Programme was first established in 2008/09. There are currently 8 participating schools split into two tracks, each taking part in 4 day-long seminars hosted by the schools. Jewish schools Immanuel College, Yavneh College and JCoSS are part of the programme alongside Muslim Ayesha Community School in Hendon, Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Hayes and Watford Grammar School for Boys, Nower Hill High School in Pinner and Caterham School in Redbridge, which are comprehensive multi-faith schools with high cohort of minority groups.
The Alan Senitt Community Leadership Programme comprises of 4 seminars between the months of November and May and school-based work. At each seminar the 40 participants are split into mixed school groups and take part in workshops on community leadership, team building, event management and, from this year, anti-discrimination training on the topics of Antisemitism, anti-Muslim hate, discrimination against LGBT+, disability discrimination, racism in Sport as well as Online.
In the schools the participants have to organise meetings and a team structure, create, plan and use the leadership skills gained, to implement their final anti-discrimination community projects. At the end of the academic year and once the community projects have been completed, the Leadership programme hosts a Graduation Ceremony for participants to showcase and present their work to co-leaders, parents and invited guests. The interfaith cross-communal programme allows the participants to learn about each other, their different cultures, religions and communities and at the same time reflect on themselves and their own responsibility to become ‘Upstanders’ in society, all whilst gaining leadership skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
Over the past 10 years the Leadership programme has seen 650 students graduate and complete social action projects for the benefit of their local communities. Each year the students from each school spend the first 3-4 months of the programme devising ideas and plans for their projects; in the months of April – May the students deliver their projects, which are then evaluated and presented at the last Seminar. A showcase is further prepared for the Graduation Ceremony, which takes place at the end of the Academic year in the presence of partners, supporters, parents and all the 80 Graduating students.
The benefits of the programme become truly apparent at the Graduation Ceremony; here, the students are able to stand on stage and present their achievements, whilst also critically reflect about the challenges they faced in working with each other and the partner organisations. Every year, the projects are incredibly impressive, there are well-crafted educational components delivered to the target audience (in school or to the partner organisations), and often fundraisers provide much needed support with the use of crowdfunding to the partners engaged.
These are some of the projects completed by the Alan Senitt Upstanders Leadership Programme schools in recent years:
- A hat collection (of over 1,000 pieces) for Alopecia UK, alongside a school-wide educational campaign on the illness, and the importance of inclusivity within the school community in Hertfordshire
- An educational campaign in a local primary school about Homelessness (Watford)
- An awareness campaign, including social media content on Men’s Mental Health (Middlesex)
- E-Safety workshops for Primary School students (Barnet)
- Giving back to volunteers at local care homes & hospices through IT education (Barnet)
- In-school fundraiser, purchased and refurbishment of a Caravan, and shipping this to Calais full of non-perishable goods, alongside educational sessions on refugees. (Watford)
- A 300 piece ‘Essentials’ collection pack for Homeless people in Barnet
- A Fashion Show to promote giving to charity, inclusive of a collection for an overseas partner in the Ukraine
- Creation of workshops helping Year 6 Transition to Secondary School
- Creating the concept of a ‘Friendship Bench’ in a local Primary school for when young people are sad or alone, fundraising, purchasing and decorating the bench in the Primary school’s playground
Following participation in the Alan Senitt Upstanders Leadership programme, the Graduates often take on leadership roles in their schools, as Head Boy / Head Girl or schools’ Prefects. Many of our graduates have taken further leadership roles at University, some presiding religious societies or social action groups. The safe space to share and learn about other cultures and traditions, alongside the practical skills learnt throughout the seminars have a clear impact on the participating students; often times young people with low confidence and poor self-esteem flourish within the programme and learn to assertively tackle the injustices they see around them. The presentation skills students learn allow them to stand confident in front of a crowd and present their achievements and creating relationships with third party partners forces young people to step out of their comfort zone and engage with an adult community they are too often oppositional to.
Having shifted the focus of the programme to tackling discrimination in all areas of society, we hope that the Graduates will utilise their skills to become anti-discrimination ambassadors in their schools; the Stand Up! and Streetwise teams will follow the students following the Graduation and provide them with social action and professional opportunities to further maintain their engagement.
If you require any further information about the Alan Senitt Upstanders Leadership Programme or its partner organisations, please email email@example.com
You can donate to the Alan Senitt Memorial Trust online through JustGiving.com which creates an easy and efficient way to donate and raise money for charities.
If you would like to donate, please click either of the following links:
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Donation by Post
If you would like to make a donation by post please make cheques payable to “The Alan Senitt Memorial Trust” and send to
13 Chestnut Avenue, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7RA
Upstanders Pledge Card
Download a pledge card for the Upstanders Leadership Programme here.
Friend of The Alan Senitt Memorial Trust
We now offer you the opportunity to continue your friendship by becoming a Friend of the Trust. Your support will enable the Trust to keep Alan’s name and memory alive, to continue Alan’s work and help us to “make a difference”.
- You can become a UK BRONZE FRIEND for £100 per year or an OVERSEAS BRONZE FRIEND for $250 per year.
- You can become a UK SILVER FRIEND for £250 per year or an OVERSEAS SILVER FRIEND for $550 per year
- You can become a UK GOLD FRIEND for £500 per year or an OVERSEAS GOLD FRIEND for $1,050 per year
- You can become a UK PLATINUM FRIEND for £1,000 per year or an OVERSEAS PLATINUM FRIEND for $2,050 per year
If you wish to be a long term friend (i.e. for more than one year) at any level we will be pleased to provide you with a standing order form for completion for the annual payment.
If you are a UK Tax payer you could assist the Trust further by Gift Aiding your donation. This will generate a further 28p for each £1 donated.
To become a Friend kindly download and complete the below application form and return it with your donation to our above postal address
The Alan Senitt Memorial Trust
13 Chestnut Avenue
Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7RA
Phone: 07714 091 502