On Tuesday, May 9th, New York City’s Park Avenue Synagogue hosted the 13th annual Women’s Division Gala Spring Luncheon on behalf of an extraordinary school in Israel, the Keren Or Jerusalem Center for Blind Children with Additional Disabilities. Always an inspirational and elegant afternoon, this year’s luncheon was a great success.
Women’s Division Chair Marilyn Lauer paid tribute to the guest of honor, Harriet Muss, a generous and devoted founding member of the Women’s Division board. The short presentations that followed included a moving video clip featuring the multi-disabled blind students at the Keren Or Center in Jerusalem, and remarks by Kari Levine, who had volunteered at the Center some 25 years ago, and whose daughter, now participating in a post-high school gap-year program in Israel, is fulfilling her own volunteer service at the school.
The highlight of the afternoon’s program was key-note speaker, former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, a man of deep faith and an outspoken supporter of the State of Israel. In his address, Mr. Huckabee stressed the justice of the Jewish people’s biblical claim and their timeless, exclusive rights to the entire land, and reiterated his conviction that Jerusalem must remain undivided, the united capital of the State of Israel. To a standing ovation, he pledged the commitment of the United States government to Israel’s ongoing welfare. He also spoke of Keren Or’s important role in Israel; helping to advance young people with serious disabilities and assisting their families, and promised to visit the Center on his next visit to Israel.
Located in the beautiful neighborhood of Ramot, overlooking Jerusalem, the Keren Or Center cares exclusively for blind, multiply disabled youth. Individualized programs are tailored to the unique needs of each child, providing therapeutic, educational, social, spiritual and cultural tools to maximize his or her potential. The mission of Keren Or Women’s Division is to provide enrichment programs that enhance the children’s happiness and well being, including hydrotherapy and holiday celebrations.
In addition to the annual luncheon, Keren Or Women’s Division holds docent-led museum tours, runs theater parties, and sponsors day trips to cultural destinations outside New York City.
For more information please contact Keren Or Executive Director, Elizabeth David-Dembrowsky at 212-279-0534 or [email protected].
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