Highland Hall Waldorf School and reGeneration announce “Jewish/Arab Education in Israel as Groundwork for a Peaceful Future" on November 21, 2013

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The evening with Amir Shlomian will be in support of the first Jewish/Arab Waldorf Elementary School in the Middle East.

First Jewish/Arab Kindergarten in Israel

First Jewish/Arab Kindergarten in Israel

We are proud to partner with reGeneration in its work to bring peace to the Middle East by sharing the benefits of Waldorf® Education with a new generation of young people there.

Highland Hall Waldorf School and ReGeneration will co-sponsor an evening with Amir Shlomian. Shlomian, a Waldorf teacher, musician, and founder of Ein Bustan, an Award-Winning Jewish/Arab Waldorf Kindergarten and Community Center in Israel. The event will be held in Encino, California on Thursday, November 21 at 7 pm.

Through story-telling and a video presentation attendees will learn how and why Shlomian founded Ein Bustan, and how it has inspired the creation of other Jewish/Arab Waldorf kindergartens in Israel. They will also be introduced to some of the music he composed for children at the school in Arabic and Hebrew, and learn how they can help continue the work and support the establishment of the first Jewish/Arab Waldorf Elementary School in Israel.

"Rudolf Steiner established Waldorf® Education as a vehicle for social change," says Lynn Kern, Administrative Director of Highland Hall. "We are proud to partner with reGeneration in its work to bring peace to the Middle East by sharing the benefits of Waldorf® Education with a new generation of young people there. Waldorf Education develops students’ academic and moral capacities, providing the confidence and discernment that allow them to make a difference in the world about them as adults.”

Shepha Vainstein, President of reGeneration adds, "In over 1000 Waldorf schools worldwide, children benefit from a sense of harmony, creativity, and fairness that leads them into lifelong action in the service of what is good and just. reGeneration and the Waldorf educational approach it supports, are like olive trees, rooted in their communities, beginning to stand strong and wide in a Middle East where children can flourish. We welcome the community at large to come learn more about it."

This event is free and open to the public. For location and directions, RSVP to Deborah(at)reGenerationEducation(dot)org.

Highland Hall Waldorf School, located in Northridge, CA, was founded in 1955, and is the oldest Waldorf school on the west coast. It provides Waldorf® Education from Pre-school through High School to families throughout the San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles area. Its unique approach to learning successfully addresses the changing needs and capacities of children at each stage of development. Featuring a curriculum of academically challenging lessons infused with arts and hands-on learning, Highland Hall provides students with a solid academic foundation, the ability to think creatively, a sympathetic interest in the world, self-confidence, and an abiding moral purpose. highlandhall.org

reGeneration’s mission is to seed the Middle East with an educational philosophy that embraces life, learning, the arts, the earth and all the children with the understanding that children of all faiths growing up in the Middle East have a basic right to experience a wholesome environment that cultivates the empathic foundation, the motivational drive, and the personal and social resources to be able to create a sustainably peaceful, productive, and prosperous society as adults. (regenerationeducation.org)

Born and raised in Israel, Amir Shlomian received his advanced musical education in Paris and his training as a Waldorf teacher in London. After traveling the world he resettled back in Israel, where he taught music in the country's first Waldorf school in kibbutz Harduf. In 2005 Amir founded Ein Bustan, a non-profit educational community located on the meeting point of the Jewish village of Kiryat Tivon and the Bedouin villages Hilf and Basmat Taba'un. Ein Bustan, where all activities are conducted in both Hebrew and Arabic, includes today early childhood classes, two kindergartens, and an elementary school that currently runs up to third grade. In addition, Amir is a peace activist and an active musician and composer who performs middle eastern world music with various ensembles. (ein-bustan.org)

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