The Jewish Rainbow Program (JRP) of the Ohel Avraham Congregation at the Leo Baeck Education Centre in Haifa provides a pathway for members of the LGBTQ community to strengthen their Jewish identity, develop leadership skills, and become active participants in Jewish communal life. It connects members of the community with Progressive Judaism and eliminates the destructive conflict between their gender and Jewish identities.
As the new Managing Director of the Leo Baeck Education Center, I would like to share with you the following delightful item about Samia Diab, the Director of the Leo Baeck Community Center in Haifa, Israel, and the first Arab Muslim woman to head a Jewish Community Center in Israel. Samia was interviewed on December 28, 2017, on the “Trending” program of i24 NEWS, an international television channel that broadcasts news about Israel throughout the world. [Read more…]
On December 20, 2017, the Leo Baeck Community Center and the Haifa Municipality held an event for Jewish and Arab children from the western neighborhoods of Haifa at the Clore Center in the multicultural Ein Hayam neighborhood to celebrate the holiday season.
At the end of October, Sir Erich Reich, Chair of the Kindertransport group in the Association of Jewish Refugees in the United Kingdom, visited the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa and gave an enlightening living history lesson to a group of 50 high school students and teachers. [Read more…]
Written by Leah Guren, Ohel Avraham congregant.
Over the years, I have attended High Holiday services at different shuls. It is fascinating that the same structure of prayer and ritual can vary so much depending on the denomination, the location, and even the style or personality of the congregation. [Read more…]