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 Hanukah Newsletter Leo Baeck Education Center, December 2014
Dani Fessler, Managing Director, danif@leobaeck.org.il

Pictures taken from the event honoring Rabbi Bob Samuels

"Holiday of Holidays", December 2014
In times of heightened tension and growing distance between communities in Israel, The Leo Baeck Education Center forged ahead with its “Holiday of Holidays” celebratory program. The week long program of events brought together families from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities of Haifa to enjoy arts-&-crafts and music workshops, tours around the multi-cultural neighborhoods of Haifa, lectures and panel discussions.


What a “Knitzvah”! November 2014
Thank you to the “Knitzvah” knitting and crocheting group of Temple Emanu-El, Sarasota, Florida, who sent a box full of their knitted sweaters and blankets. These gifts of love were distributed amongst babies and young children at The Leo Baeck “Beit Ligdol Tov” Center, to keep them warm this winter.


Peace Drums - bringing kids together: An interview with Lara
The Delaware based Interfaith Peace Drums Project (peacedrumsproject.org) aims to promote peace among Jewish, Muslim and Christian youth in Israel through music. Since the start of the school year Leo Baeck students and their partners from Mar Elias School in Ibillin have been beating away at their steel drums.
To view a short clip from rehearsals click here

Lara, a Grade 6 student at Leo Baeck, and Naghan from Mar Elias School, struck a unique friendship.
Read all about it here

A Guest Speaker from The American Embassy at Leo Baeck
Captain Benjamin Coffman Business Team Lead, DCMA, from The American Embassy in Tel Aviv, spoke with Leo Baeck Senior High School students about the American Civil Rights Movement. Captain Coffman was invited to Leo Baeck as part of the school's practice of tying Hanukah, the festival of enlightenment, with International Human Rights Day. Both of which are celebrated in December.
Also attending the lecture was a group of students from the Haifa Arab Christian School "The Sisters of Nazareth”. Leo Baeck and "The Sisters of Nazareth" also participate together in the Friends Forever Program, a program designed to bring youth from different religious backgrounds together.

Rabin Memorial Ceremonies at Leo Baeck, November 2014
Leo Baeck senior students led tours and discussions at an interactive exhibition about democracy and tolerance for all our students. Our Grade 11 students took it to the extreme when they virtually crossed oceans and continents to engage in discussion (via Skype) about Rabin with fellow Jewish students at The Scholem Aleichem School in Buenos Aires.

A time of giving at “Shuk Leo Baeck”, November 2014
A colorful and enthusiastic “shuk” was arranged by The Leo Baeck Education Center’s High School Student Council.  All the proceeds went towards supporting those in need in our community. Kol Ha’Kavod to the Student Council on their initiative and actualizing the Leo Baeck Education Center’s ideal of Tikkun Olam!

Holiday jingles in Germany, December 2014
The Leo Baeck Orchestra brought light and cheer with their renditions of Hanukah and Christmas melodies in a series of concerts performed in Mannheim and Darmstadt, Germany. Students enjoyed a Kabbalat Shabbat with the Jewish community of Mannheim and performed at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum hosted by the City of Mannheim. In Darmstadt, Leo Baeck students were hosted by families from the Edith Stein Schule and attended some lessons. To view a clip from one of the performances click here
They also performed for the Darmstadt Jewish community and the Liebfrauenkirche Church.

To view all pictures click here


Maccabi UK Lawn Bowling Team visits Leo Baeck, 23 October 2014
The Leo Baeck Education Center had the pleasure of hosting the Maccabi Lawn Bowling Team from the UK at our main campus. Thank you to Gordon Greenfield and Stuart Lustigman for initiating and coordinating this visit so that their fellow bowlers could experience what is uniquely the Leo Baeck spirit and community.

Happy Thanksgiving from Boston! November 2014
Edan Shuster, one of our Young Ambassadors in Boston, recently helped out at the Temple Beit Elohim’s Thanksgiving food pantry. Thank you once again to the Boston community and Gann Academy for hosting our students.

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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