Welcome to our June Newsletter! We wish all our supporters a Chag Shavuot Sameach and a Ramadam Karim!
See below for an important message from Sue Reiss, Chair of our Board of Directors; details of our Galilee Circus trip to St Louis, Mo.; and our emeritus director, Marc Rosenstein's recent publication, This People Israel: Towards a Vision of a Democratic Jewish State . Plus we have a brief taster of our other activities, whetting your appetite for in-depth articles on some of them in the coming months.
A message from our Chair, Sue Reiss
Dear friends and supporters,
As you have seen from his recent email, our Executive Director, Nir Topper, has resigned from the Galilee Foundation for Value Education. Nir arrived at a difficult time financially and he successfully steered the Foundation through the process of re-focusing our programs to our vision, while balancing our annual budget despite the tight economic climate. We are grateful to Nir for his contributions to the Foundation and we wish him the best in his new endeavors.
All-change for the Foundation as we head to St Louis
Following several challenging months, we introduce new staff as the Circus heads to the USA this summer.
Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, had it that everything changes and nothing stands still. He was no clown, but if change means growth, then this is a good thing. But in the thick of it it isn't always clear! Thus with the departure of two key staff in recent months - Dagan Dishbak our Galilee Circus trainer and co-director, and Nir Topper, the Foundation's executive director - many of our plans were up in the air. And we were due to take the Circus to the USA in August to learn and perform with Jessica Hentoff and Circus Harmony...
This People Israel: Toward a Vision of a Democratic Jewish State
Emeritus Director, Rabbi Dr Marc Rosenstein, publishes and speaks about his vision for a democratic Jewish state
Marc's unique vision was published in the Spring edition of CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly, and in May he spoke about the subject in various congregations in the US.
Read Marc's article here
Watch out for more about our other activities...
During May to July this year, we are hosting more than 60 visiting groups from abroad, showcasing our work in our various projects and exposing young and old to new experiences and encounters with the Jews and Arabs of the Galilee.
We continue with all our other activities, including Neighbors and Young Leaders, in which Jews and Arabs meet together and discuss issues affecting them; 929: Tanakh B'yachad, which began as a nationwide project for learning one chapter of Tanakh (Bible) per day, and in which we have taken part for the last year organizing a local study group; our courses and seminars in schools, and FestivaLimud, which we recently organized and held in Misgav.
We hope to bring you articles about some of these, starting with FestivaLimud in our next newsletter.