June 22, 2021 — This week, Houston teens who traveled to Israel on Kehillah High’s inaugural summer trip had the opportunity to connect with Israeli students from the Leo Baeck Haifa High School. Both programs are supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston to grow the Jewish identity of the next generation.
The students spent the evening together getting to know each other and discussed more serious topics such as Jewish identity (in Houston and Israel), anti-Semitism (in Houston), multiculturalism and pluralism (at Leo Baeck).
Kehillah students described the program as, “meaningful,” “eye-opening,” “educational,” “informative,” and “inspiring.” At the end of the night many exchanged contact details and social media handles to keep in touch.
Kehillah High provides continued Jewish learning for students in grades 8-12 from Congregations Beth Israel, Beth Yeshurun, and Brith Shalom. The Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa inspires Israelis to live their lives committed to liberal, pluralistic Judaism, Tikkun Olam/social justice, and a shared inclusive society.