From February 14-16, 2016, Leo Baeck High School students were among the 550 participants at the 16th Annual Israel Middle East Model United Nations (TIMEMUN) International Conference, which took place this year at the Walworth Barbour American International School in Even Yehuda.
The annual TIMEUN International Conference occurs over three days every February. This student-led simulation of the United Nations engages students from Israeli, Arab and international schools. Student delegations represent countries and try to pass resolutions on various important world issues, such as the environment, security, development, and peace. Students also learn about global politics, researching and debating issues, drafting policy papers, and interacting with students from different cultures and countries.
TIMEMUN participants experience the intensity and rewards of dealing with global politics, researching and debating issues, drafting policy papers, and interacting with peers from different cultures and countries. In addition to honing their academic and leadership skills, students learn about cultural differences and how to view issues empathetically from multiple viewpoints.
This year, Leo Baeck represented Japan and Germany. Peleg Rand, 12th grader and student adviser for Leo Baeck’s TIMEMUN delegation, received a special “Best Delegate” award for successfully debating Germany’s position regarding disarmament. Peleg stated that “this program helps open students’ minds, confronts us with issues we have never faced, and improves our debate skills.” Fifty Leo Baeck students competed this year for only seven available spots in the program.
To learn more about Leo Baeck’s involvement in TIMEMUN, visit the website of Michael Lipiner, Coordinator of Leo Baeck’s D.I.C.E. (Diplomacy and International Communication in English) program and TIMEMUN international debate delegation advisor at https://sites.google.com/a/leobaeck.net/michael-lipiner/mun-debate-team-1.