Flying together - 2013

Circus Gala honoring Rabbi Marc Rosenstein

In 2013, after twenty creative and dynamic years, Rabbi Marc Rosenstein retired as executive director of the Galilee Foundation for Value Education.  Knowing Rabbi Rosenstein as we did, it was clear to us that there was only one appropriate way for us to show our appreciation to him: by creating an opportunity for all those whose lives he had touched over the years, by his teaching, his writing, and his leadership, to contribute to the perpetuation of his work by supporting the foundation in his honor.

During his tenure the Foundation  became an internationally recognized leader in informal education for social change in Israel, disseminating its vision of a humane, pluralistic Zionism to thousands every year.  We remain both grateful for his service and his leadership over two exciting decades, and optimistic that the achievements of these years can serve as a solid basis for growth and development.

The Galilee Circus, a youth circus comprising 30 Arab and 30 Jewish children and teens from the Galilee region, has over the past ten years developed into a remarkable model and demonstration of mutual trust and shared culture, delighting and moving audiences throughout Israel – and Europe and America.  The circus has become one of the flagship projects of our organization.

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 19:00, we held a festive evening at the Karmiel Culture Center; the Galilee Circus performed with guest artists from professional circuses in Israel.  It was an evening to remember!   You can see pictures from the event here.

In addition to providing opportunities to sponsor the evening and purchase tickets, we produced a virtual tribute book for Rabbi Rosenstein, giving friends and supporters the chance to thank him and wish him well in the new phase in his life.  

As Rabbi Rosenstein has written, “circus is about demonstrating that what appears impossible is indeed possible.”