Please help me send students of all races and religion to Israel as part of Hebrew Public’s Capstone Trip for their K-8 schools!
I learned about Hebrew Public about four years ago, by attending the organization’s annual Broadway benefit. After hearing the founding chair’s comments, I emailed her asking to visit the school in Harlem, and after that, I wanted to see more, so she took me to see Hebrew Language Academy in Brooklyn.
What makes this organization special is that the schools are diverse by design, they welcome all students who get rigorous public school education, learn Hebrew as second language and study all about Israel. As a school counselor and social worker by training, I have experience working in public and charter schools, and I can tell you that the vigorous, happy, and child-centered learning environment that is evident at Hebrew Public schools is so rare to find.
One thing that I found especially appealing about this school is the students’ diversity – a quality not found in many public or charter schools in our city. With everything that is happening in the world today, I know that our work to bring together students and families from different backgrounds is so important. With this, our students are able to develop genuine cross-cultural understanding and empathy, and hopefully will be able to contribute in some way to a world where things like recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut never happen.
As you know, we had an incredible opportunity to travel to Israel and experience the country for ourselves as a family for Spencer’s bar mitzvah. We were impressed by the different cultures that exist together in this new country, as well as the innovation that is present at every level. My family and I were so moved by our trip, that we have since sought out opportunities to help others travel to this significant place – whether it be convincing friends, or supporting agencies that encourage an understanding of this unique culture. We all feel that there are few experiences that could be as life changing. Ever since I joined the board of Hebrew Public, I’ve been dreaming and thinking about what it would be like to send students from Hebrew Public to Israel.
For my 50th birthday, I am asking you to join me in supporting Hebrew Public students and making their dream of traveling to Israel come true. After eight years of studying about the country, for many of these students, a trip to Israel is more desired than going to Disneyland! And for most, this trip is only possible because of scholarship support. This inaugural trip is taking place on November 5-15 with 32 students, and I will be there hiking Masada and doing the scavenger hunt with the kids!