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Taking part in an educational project, Idan Keynan from California made a presentation and collected contributions for the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel

For many years the Society’s Department for Humanistic Education has carried out educational activities, in the understanding that the key to building a humane, sensitive and better society lies in the education of future generations. For this reason, we are always very excited to hear about humanistic educational projects taking place in schools and other institutions.

Volunteerism and Social Activity
On this occasion we wish to tell you about an educational project that took place abroad, in which Idan Keynan, aged 12, took part. Aidan lives in Silicon Valley in California. During their studies in the Gideon Hausner Jewish School in Palo Alto, California, the 7th Grade pupils, marking their bat or bar mitzvah, take part in a special project that emphasizes volunteering and philanthropic activity.

During the year, each student chooses one non-profit organization active in an area that is close to his heart, writes a research paper, collects money and at the end of the year, presents the project and donates the money to the organization of his choice.

According to Idan, “I love animals and so I chose the SPCA in Israel for my project. My goal is to prevent suffering in animals, and one of the main problems in Israel is that of the suffering of abandoned animals. In addition, by choosing the Society I demonstrate my connection to the State of Israel”.

The Finishing Line
As stated, the work on the project commenced with the choice of the Organization, after which Idan contacted us, began to gather information about the Organization and carried out interviews with activists.

When he had completed his research, Idan made a large poster illustrating the Society’s activities and spoke before an audience of his classmates on the topic he had chosen. After that, Idan and his fellow classmates began to collect donations for the various organizations by selling cakes and other snacks, holding a dance party and running activity stations at a Purim event.

Last week the project reached the finishing line and a festive ceremony took place in the school. Each student presented his project and gave the chosen organization the money he had collected. Idan’s contribution of USD 850 will be used by the Society for the puppies’ home, where puppies of less than three months of age, in need of special care, are looked after.

We wish to express our gratitude to Idan for the unique project that he produced and promoted.

Festival of Light

Hanukah in the Society – Summary of the Education Department Activities

Last week the festive atmosphere was felt in the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel. Throughout the whole week, the Department of Humanistic Education hosted many different groups of children. Some of the children came from protected shelters and boarding schools, there were children with special needs and even one group who celebrated their bar mitzvahs in the Society. The children participated in educational and creative activities, met the animals and made the dogs happy by taking them out for long walks.

Through the support of many kind people, we managed to raise enough money to buy the children gifts and other surprises and we wish to sincerely thank all those who contributed:
The French Bakery (18 Katzenelson Street, Givatayim)
The Baker from Bagdad (5 HaMetzudah Street, Azur)
Warm and Tasty (117 Rothschild Street, Rishon-le-Zion)
Mr Yossi Peleg, who donated wonderful soofganiot.
Humous Dani (8 Oleh Zion Street, the Jaffa Flea Market) – for the fresh falafel .
Felafel Ratzon from Holon for the generous servings of falafel.
Lezman Café (32 HaBanai Street, Holon) for the delicious pasties.
Tamar and Michael’s dad, Yaron Hachmi the Magician, for the wonderful performance.
Alice Neamof for the adorable dolls.
T4U Silkprints (11 Shvil HaMifal, Tel Aviv) for the colorful shirts.

Bar Mitzvah Gift

Liran Shlomo Fiada donated part of his Bar Mitzvah gifts to the Society

Educating for humane treatment and compassion towards animals is an inseparable part of the Society’s objectives. Our Educational Department runs group activities for all ages, particularly children and youth, the main part of which is imparting values such as tolerance, empathy, responsibility, giving and respect for nature and the environment. Every one of these is a huge word, but when each word is broken down to acts of care and love, it becomes a way of life. Therefore, one of the most exciting things, as far as we are concerned, is to witness how children take upon themselves to care for the welfare of animals. This can be expressed in many ways: From initiating activities on the subject in their schools or youth movements, collecting blankets and toys for abandoned animals, or initiating Facebook activities to promote adoption of pets and for other goals.

Liran Shlomo Fiada, aged thirteen, caused us great excitement when he decided to donated a considerable part of his Bar Mitzvah gift money to the Society. Liran, a sworn animal lover, came to the Society with his mother, Michal, and after they had toured the facility, Liran decided to donate his gift money to the cats’ shelter and stables.

We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Liran and his family for their outstanding sensitivity to animals, and for their generous contribution.