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 Rosh Hashanah Newsletter Leo Baeck Education Center, September 2014

Peace Drums Project Arrives at Leo Baeck, September 2014
Echoes of rhythmic drums could be heard throughout the halls of the Leo Baeck Elementary School, just after the arrival of 24 giant steel drums from the Delaware based Interfaith Peace Drums Project, (peacedrumsproject.org) that aims to promote peace among Jewish, Muslim and Christian youth in Israel through the medium of music. Leo Baeck has paired up with "Mar Elias" School in Ibillin to form a dynamic steel drum band.

The Leo Baeck Arab-Jewish Summer Camp -  25 Years On, August 2014
Celebrating it’s 25th anniversary, this year’s Arab-Jewish Summer Camp brought together 96 Arab and Jewish children for a summer of joint activities, including arts & crafts, theater, sports, music, field trips and programs that promoted cross-cultural understanding. The new friendships that were forged this past summer between the Jewish and Arab children, and between their parents as well, have strengthened the importance of such Leo Baeck ventures.

Enthusiastic Support for Leo Baeck in the Midst of Conflict, August 2014
In response to our July “Winds of War” press release, university students Natacha and David Woodcock, siblings from Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, London, flew to Israel and volunteered at the Leo Baeck Education Center and Satellite Campuses. To read more about their experiences, click here.

Summer Delegations and Visits to Leo Baeck, July-August 2014
The Leo Baeck Education Center hosted a delegation of 40 NFTY-URJ youngsters who, together with Leo Baeck students, spent a week vol
unteering at special needs facilities, Holocaust survivor centers and food kitchens in Haifa.

Birthright UK
35 university students who were visiting Israel on a Birthright tour in conjunction with the UK Reform Movement, engaged in a shared-existence workshop at the main campus after which they volunteered at Merkaz Ruth, Leo Baeck’s outreach center for youth at risk.

The American Conference of Cantors (ACC)
100 cantors enchanted audiences at a Peace Concert hosted by the Leo Baeck Education Center.

Leo Baeck’s Young Ambassadors and Summer Camp Counselors to the US & UK, July-August 2014
A heartfelt thank you to all our dear friends and partners who support these ongoing programs and connections, through which Leo Baeck students are given the opportunity to bring a “taste of Israel and the Leo Baeck spirit” to young campers and Jewish communities in the US and UK:
  • Congregation B’nai Brith, Camp "Haverim", Santa Barbara, California
  • The Adelson Education Campus and Temple Sinai, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Emery Weiner School, Houston, Texas
  • Gann Academy, Boston, Massachusetts (Student: Eden Shuster)
  • Alyth Gardens Synagogue, London
B’nai Brith, Camp "Haverim", Santa Barbara, California.
(Students: Noa Kabizon and Ilil Appel,
Itai Markovitz and Daniel Mordechai)
  The Adelson Education Campus and Temple Sinai,
Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Students: Tamuz Ram-On and Nivi Almog)
Emery Weiner School, Houston, Texas.
(Students: Shiri Gil and Itamar Kristovsky)
  Alyth Gardens Synagogue, London.
(Students: Anat Gluzman and Tomer Bin)



The Friends Forever Delegation returns to Haifa, August 2014
After an intensive two weeks in New Hampshire, and with the backdrop of operation Protective Edge, the delegation of 10 Jewish-Arab students from Leo Baeck and the Sisters of Nazareth schools returned home. Using their new-found friendships and high motivation, they are ready to embark upon their joint projects that include sharing their story at Arab and Jewish schools in Haifa and an interfaith study tour to Jerusalem to better understand the narrative of the other.

Leo Baeck’s Delegations to Argentina and Germany, July-August 2014
The Shalom Aleichem School, Buenos Aires, Argentina
As part of an ongoing deep partnership between our schools, a delegation of Leo Baeck High School students embarked on a visit to strengthen ties with the local Jewish Community.

The city of Stavenhagen, Germany
As part of nearly a decade long Israeli-German youth exchange program, a delegation of Leo Baeck High School students visited the north-eastern city of Stavenhagen. The highlight of their stay was partaking in the restoration of the Stavenhagen Synagogue. Once completed, the synagogue will house an international youth cultural center that aims to run educational programs on the subjects of racism and discrimination. www.synagoge-stavenhagen.de

“Under Construction!” currently happening
As of mid-July, the Leo Baeck Educational Center’s main campus has been bustling with the noise of building. Through the generosity of Mr. Lorry Lokey the construction of the new Elementary School wing has begun.

To find out more about our projects and activities in the Leo Baeck Education Center and how you can support, please contact us on +972-4-8300571 or at dia@leobaeck.org.il
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