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HLDP Student Awards 2010

  1. 1. THE SEVENTH ANNUALSTUDENT AWARDS CEREMONY June 9, 2010Program
  2. 2. 2010 HOLY LAND DEMOCRACY PROJECT ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS FIRST PRIZE Andrew Evans, St. Francis (Mark Fredette) SECOND PRIZE Victoria Chayes, Marymount (William M. Klein) THIRD PRIZE Steven Kezian, Loyola (Tika Lee) FOURTH PRIZE Gabriel Ning, Bishop Montgomery (John Fitzsimons) HONORABLE MENTION Lauren Golem, Mary Star of the Sea (William Perales); Eliza Graumlich, Villanova (Brian Grisin) Brett Homer, St. Francis (Mark Fredette); In Yeong Kim, Bishop Montgomery (John Fitzsimons) Savannah Luschei, Jserra (Melea Walden); Mack Macke, Servite (John Swoboda) Alejandro Rodriguez, Cathedral (Hilary Aguirre-Yribarren) Cristal Suarez, San Joaquin (Cindy Campbell & Kathleen DeSantis) Marysol Uribe, St. Joseph (Cynthia Madsen & Linda Petrich) ART CONTEST WINNERS FIRST PRIZE Yoojin Lee, Notre Dame Academy (Nancy Coonis) Ashley Malpica, St. Joseph (Cynthia Madsen & Linda Petrich) SECOND PRIZE Brian Yi, Loyola (Tika Lee) THIRD PRIZE Camellia Mikhaili, Louisville (Mary Wilson) Thecla Min, Notre Dame Academy (Nancy Coonis) Julie Wuellner, Oaks Christian (Jan Allen) HONORABLE MENTION Angheline Austria, Bishop Montgomery (Bernadette St. James) Nicole Kawamoto, Oaks Christian (Jan Allen) Allyssa Moscotte, Notre Dame (Vera de Artola); Dylan Nieman, Bishop Montgomery (John Fitzsimons) Vincent Spadone, Loyola (Tika Lee); Jordan Zarraonandia, Oaks Christian (Jan Allen) POETRY CONTEST WINNERS FIRST PRIZE Katie Laner, Bishop Montgomery (Bernadette St. James) SECOND PRIZE Marissa Delgado, St Joseph (Cynthia Madsen & Linda Petrich) Jonathan Madson, Loyola (Tika Lee) Camille Yadao, St. Monica (Siobhan O’Neill) HONORABLE MENTION Jennifer Echeagaray, Pomona (Allicen Naal); Sean Finck, Mater Dei (Colleen Hall) Jessica Gresham, Bishop Montgomery (Bernadette St. James); Christian Mclain, Loyola (Tika Lee) Elisabeth Scahill, Oaks Christian (Jan Allen); Steven Warren, Bishop Montgomery (John Fitzsimons) MULTIMEDIA CONTEST WINNERS FIRST PRIZE Simone Hart, Notre Dame (Vera de Artola) SECOND PRIZE Nina Townley, Bishop Montgomery (John Fitzsimons) THIRD PRIZE Kevin Khamneipur, Loyola (Tika Lee)2 HONORABLE MENTION Anton Rotter-Sieren, Notre Dame (Vera de Artola)
  3. 3. THE JEWISH FEDERATION’S HOLY LAND DEMOCRACY PROJECT SEVENTH ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY June 9, 2010 PROGRAMWELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS Dr. Daniel Lieber, ChairShalom U’veracha The Holy Land Democracy ProjectBENEDICTIONS Monsignor Sal PilatoBerachot Superintendent of Secondary Schools Archdiocese of Los Angeles Rabbi Mark Diamond Executive Vice President The Board of Rabbis of Southern California The Jewish Federation of Greater Los AngelesREMARKS FROM Andrew CushnirTHE JEWISH FEDERATION Executive Vice President/Chief Program OfficerAND PRESENTATIONS The Jewish Federation of Greater Los AngelesPOETRY PRIZE PRESENTATIONS Teacher Commendation Bernadette St. James, Bishop Montgomery Student Awardee Katie LanerESSAY PRIZE PRESENTATION Teacher Commendation Mark Fredette, St. Francis Student Awardee Andrew EvansSTUDENT RAP Siobhan O’Neill, St. Monica “A Moment For Israel” Raul Rios-RamosART PRIZE PRESENTATION Teacher Commendation Nancy Coonis, Notre Dame Academy Student Awardee Yoojin Lee Teacher Commendation Cynthia Madsen, St. Joseph Student Awardee Ashley MalpicaMUTIMEDIA PRIZE PRESENTATIONS Teacher Commendation Vera De Artola, Notre Dame High School Student Awardee Simone HartCAPERNAUM TO THE CLASSROOM: Steve Viau, Mater Dei A TEACHER’S PERSPECTIVETHANK YOU Julie Bram The Jewish Federation of Greater Los AngelesCLOSING REMARKS Dr. Daniel LieberL’hitraot! 3
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  5. 5. First Prize Poetry Katie Laner, Bishop Montgomery Bernadette St. James, Instructor A seed was planted, a plant grew The roots imbedded in a promised soil. The walls were built, but bricks crumbled Falling far away from that sacred soil. The leaves blew away from the plant, But still were a part of its body. The bricks constantly collapsed, But the Wall still remained tall. New plants of the same seed sprouted in far off places. The spectrum of faces grew, the colors changed. Roots of the same plant were calling Them home Home! Exclaimed Zionism To their soil, their soil where the Wall was;Still strong and binding, thick as the roots bringing Them. They went, despite the crumbling bricks, Planting the new seeds of change. For the soil, the soil; promised and sacred, Is where the Wall was and the roots were planted. 5
  6. 6. Second Prize Poetry Marissa Delgado, St. Joseph Cynthia Madsen & Linda Petrich, Instructors I am Israel I am Israel I am the infant in swaddling clothes looking for my calling to the Family of God I am Israel I am the child with a life of friends, sports, and family I am the student who develops a sense of pride, love, and knowledge I am the graduate who is looking for the best position in the military which suits my special skills I am the young soldier that serves my country with both honor and pride so that freedom may continue I am the university student that perseveres for a degree so that I may change the world I am the general who is ready to train the youth to fight with honor I am the mother and father that sacrifices everything for their children so that they may have a better life I am the rabbi and teacher that led the community to be the best that they can be I am the family that is strengthened by the life and love of this land I am the infant, child, student, soldier, graduate, teacher, rabbi, mother, father, spouse, general, politician, scientist, and family I am Israel6
  7. 7. Second Prize Poetry Jonathan Madson, Loyola Tika Lee, Instructor Listen to the Struggle ExcerptListen to their struggle;Hear the faint cry;Why has it been muffled?Why has help been denied?The spirit of this nation;Forming one unique soul;Not halted by intimidation;One by God made whole.Their deep connection ignored;Their religion often overlooked and neglected;Never given help to be restored;Always rejected, never respected.A house of terror;Is that all people know?This is one common error;Only ever used for show.The truth is far from what you’ve heard;Photos are not always what they seem;The news has caused visions to be blurred;Is this nothing more than a flawed scheme?Quietly listen to the struggle ignored;Clear the clouds that conceal what is true;Your vision of their society shall soon be restored;Never take what is heard or seen at face value.Change your view, just as mine;Uncover the truth hidden by lies;Help the right of Israel shine;Preach message of unheard cries. 7
  8. 8. Second Prize Poetry Camille Yadao, St. Monica Siobhan ONeill, Instructor You and Me Excerpt A young boy takes my hand He leads me through the streets of this Holy Land A yamaka on his head, a smile on his face “Come let me show you this place” I follow as he leads Until he takes me to see A dark skinned boy and curly haired girl Playing at the corner, so carefree “See,” says the young boy “They are just like you and me.” He leads me once again To meet more of his friends A soldier fighting for his country Knowing that this will bring honor to all and his family “He is about your age”, says the boy “He is just like you and me” To the Western Wall is our next destination A wall that gives the people so much hope and inspiration “The closest thing we have to him.” Says the boy “For all our fears and suffering, we know that he listens. They all pray just like you and me.” We then walk to the sea Yes the famous Sea of Galilee Holy and precious water that the Son of man walked Here the boy did not talk He knows what I can see A beauty, a place that calms both him and me As I watched him Crying for his home, crying for his people I understand at that moment This boy is my family And Israel is also my home I will protect it This home for him and me.8
  9. 9. Honorable Mention Poetry Jennifer Echeagaray, Pomona Allicen Naal, Instructor Cryptic Mystery Excerpt Within the shadows of assumption Lies an obscure mystery waiting to be solved Disputing to be a nation They made a declaration The creation’s name was Israel So what do you assume? A country of terror, of doom But if only you knew They’re just like me and you School and religion are vital Some may partake in a ballet recital They do activities too Listen to music just like we do Sports, partying, and movies as well On issues they dwell As you can see All that’s needed is to find the key To unlock the unsolved mystery 9
  10. 10. Sean Finck, Mater Dei Colleen Hall, Instructor A Needle’s Eye Finds The Eye of A Boy And this boy’s eye is cast across a land flowing with milk and honey The six pointed star billows in the Holy Land A single camel Traipses through the barren desert One such animal finds water here scarce as serenity Green, red, black and white blanket the banks west of the Jordan Where does one find the meeting point When can two borders collide Why three rockets must be fired Who are the four innocent that died Once the animal meets the child Two differences can be seen The faithful mounts the enduring And the journey commences10
  11. 11. Jessica Gresham, Bishop Montgomery Bernadette St. James, Instructor A Place We Call Home ExcerptThe only place that feels like homeTo live amongst people of our ownPeople of all nations and all colorsA place where we don’t judge each otherA place of acceptance, freedom, and peaceOf no restrictions or boundariesWe can raise our voices to the heavens aboveAnd praise our Lord whom we loveA holy haven that was given to us long agoAlong with promise our descendants would growEnslaved from the Holocaust with no place to goLonging for Israel the place we call homeBut it was time to unite and take a standTo take back Israel and fight for our landAnd at last our strife brought us to victoryIsrael was ours once again, ultimatelyWe wept for joy as we looked to the skyFor we knew only God could do something so uprightWe controlled our own land, our own lives, our own fateWe rid ourselves of all the oppression and hateThe land our fathers walked had finally been returnedA place to express our faith and cultureTo reestablish ourselves and build anewAnd plan for the future of all Jews. 11
  12. 12. Christian Mclain, Loyola Tika Lee, Instructor Excerpt To start off I guess I always assumed, That the Middle East is just a big tomb, The desert is rough, Only made for those who are tough, Tough enough to withstand war, I was wrong to imagine a place, Without hope, without a case, Like an empty room, Many people are misinformed, Including me, I just moved on Until about a month ago They still hold their own as if one tribe, They are very fair, Giving everyone care, Even people who shouldn’t be there, I’ve come to find out, There are many religions At first it seemed strange so many different faces, All from different places Bringing cultures and beliefs And in the end they’re all fighting for the same thing, Justice and Peace.12
  13. 13. Elisabeth Scahill, Oaks Christian Jan Allen, Instructor Excerpt Today I saw a boy, The boy saw me too. We were standing in a hyacinth field, I wondered who this boy was, where was his family. The boy wondered the same thing about me too.While looking at the boy the Hyacinths started to blow, The wind took me far away, Beyond where the hyacinths grow. I saw the history. I lived the history. Why was there war, grief, and death? I asked the age old question. Why can’t we get along? At this point we were back in the hyacinth field. I looked at the boy The boy looked at me too. We shared a long loving hug. He walked south and I walked north He went to his historic land, Israel. And I to Palestine. Will WE ever meet in the hyacinth field again? 13
  14. 14. Steven Warren, Bishop Montgomery John Fitzsimons, Instructor The Israel Rap I just learned a lot about Israel, I used to think the place was miserable, But after learning, I see what’s right, And now I see that nation in a whole new light. I used to think the people were obsessed with God, And everybody in the streets wore Yarmulkes, But I was wrong, so now I’m singing this song. Did you hear about the war that was six days long? All surrounding nations, against just one, Oh, how on Earth could this fight be won? But they pulled it off, and beat the odds, And all thanks should be given to the Mossad. In not even a week they had won a war, And it was clear that they had more great things in store. The nation’s very diverse, yeah it’s true, In many ways it’s similar to the red, white, and blue. But there are many differences, here’s a few, The Burger King is kosher and McDonald is too.14
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  16. 16. First Prize Essay Andrew Evans, St. Francis Mark Fredette, Instructor Excerpt T hroughout history, the world has seen few words as powerful, as controversial or as meaningful as Israel. This single word, originally God’s chosen name for his people, has been used in so many ways, and interpreted in so many different contexts, that one could understand it to be an all-encompassing word. This grouping of letters - a symbol of various, seemingly random topics, such as faith, hope, persecution, Providence and survival. This word has, like the people it represents, many faces, ranging from the battle-hardened grimace of a soldier, to the bright smile of a rescued Ethiopian child given another chance at life by this significant word: Israel. This single word, with its complex history and people, is both the face of a nation and the name of a small, yet vital outpost for democracy. The many faces that Israel represents are united by these humble, yet potent, six letters, and in their unity they represent the ideals of a people blessed by God. Israel is a mosaic of different parts melding with one another to create one complete picture. As an oppressed people now blessed with their reward, as a small presence of democracy in a hostile land, as a united people in harmony, Israel is many faces in one. Israel is the face of change, the face of a modern paradigm shift, the face of a campaign to reclaim the land lost so long ago. Israel is the great reward that God entitled the Jews, the great reward for all that they have suffered. Israel is a truly blessed nation to have so many unique customs and races, yet to have peace among its people. The face of each Israeli citizen joins millions more that all represent one word: Israel. From the Ethiopian refugee, to the young soldier, to the smiling student, to the prayerful Rabbi, each Israeli’s face depicts the hope of the nation rooted in faith. The faces of Israel are truly the links between this blessed nation and the massive, multi-billion person nation of God.16
  17. 17. Second Prize Essay Victoria Chayes, Marymount William M. Klein, Instructor ExcerptT he day the letter for the draft came in began as fairly normal. Now it stared at me, unopened in my hand as I held it, trembling. Oh,it was all fine in the abstract: to protect our country, to protect ourfreedom. Everyone serves in the army. Yet here, now, it was all too real. Icould go off and never come back, never see this darling little old houseagain, never pray my Sabbath prayers with Grandpa, or eat Grandma’smeticulously cooked meals. Panic began rising in my chest, and mybreathing came in short, sharp gasps. I didn’t want to go away from home.I didn’t want to die. All my life I had been pretending that everything was normal, thateverything was okay. I couldn’t ignore it now. My mother had beenmurdered, and as much as I wished the world was perfect, it wasn’t.And I wasn’t the center of it. There were other mothers out there, with children, babies. Therewere other people out there who could somehow rationalize killingsuch innocents. That letter on that table said that I had the honor of standingbetween my brothers and sisters and those who would kill them. Myhand was trembling when I opened the letter for the draft that day.However, I did not tremble in fear, or anger. I was trembling with pride. 17
  18. 18. Third Prize Essay Steven Kezian, Loyola Tika Lee, Instructor Excerpt H illary Clinton said, “Israel is not only our ally; it is a beacon of what democracy can and should mean… If the people of the Middle East are not sure what democracy means, let them look to Israel.” Our two nations are bonded together in struggle for freedom, human rights and democracy. America boasts a proud tradition of independence and political achievement, a tradition that is only strengthened by our affiliation and alliance with Israel. There are many similarities between the nation of Israel and the United States of America that make Israel a “beacon of hope” for democracy, including its struggle to maintain independence and support freedom, its status as an asylum of cultural and religious toleration and its pursuit of democracy and human rights. Just like the United States, Israel is the home to a surfeit of different cultures, religions and traditions. The Diaspora dispersed Jews all over the globe and exposed them to various cultures and customs. While still maintaining their Hebrew identity and traditions, they began to adopt these cultures and customs. After the establishment of the modern state of Israel, which opened its arms as a refuge for any Jew, many Jewish people from around the world flocked to Israel, bringing their various cultures and customs with them. Like America, Israel became an immigrant nation and a melting pot of cultures. The nation of Israel embraces these multicultural influences and allows them to flourish in a supporting environment, establishing itself as a haven of cultural and religious freedom. It never occurred to me how similar the nations of Israel and the United States really are. We Americans have always prided ourselves on our pursuit of freedom and democracy, a tradition that carries on in our support of Israel. Israel remains the best hope for democracy in a region filled with tyrants, fanatics and failed states. In almost 62 years, this nation has already transformed a land of little-to-no natural resources into a nation which has a stronger educational system, higher life expectancy, and more freedom for both its Jewish and non-Jewish citizens than any of its surrounding countries. I have no doubt that the nation of Israel has a long and prosperous future ahead of itself, and we can only look forward to the great things to come.18
  19. 19. Fourth Prize Essay Gabriel Ning, Bishop Montgomery John Fitzsimons, Instructor ExcerptI ’ve learned a lot about Israel in the past few weeks that opened me up to what kind of country Israel really was. There were manysurprising things that I learned about Israel that I didn’t know before,but the top three were: the different ethnicities that make up Israel,the conflict between Israel and its neighbors and the lifestyle of theIsraeli people. I have a friend from Tel Aviv, Israel who is an Ashkenazi Jew. Hedefied all stereotypes about Jewish people; he looked like an averageperson you couldn’t really tell was Jewish until you asked him. BeforeI met him I thought that a person from Israel was religious, but myfriend wasn’t very religious. He did celebrate Passover though, andafter I met him, my understanding for the different types of Jewishpeople grew. He was also a typical teenager: he played basketballafter school, listened to all the latest music, played video games andattempted and succeeded in getting good grades… What set himapart was that, since he was an Israeli citizen, he would have to jointhe military at the age of 18. He talked about going to the military inan honorable fashion. These past two weeks on Israel opened up mymind to the “many faces of Israel” and changed my mind on how Iview Israel as a country. I’ve learned that Israel is a very moderndemocracy… and the Jewish people of Israel have a very long historyin [the land of] Israel. 19
  20. 20. Honorable Mention Essays Lauren Golem, Mary Star of the Sea William Perales, Instructor Excerpt B efore this project, most of my class assumed that Israeli life was completely centered on religious affairs, but to our surprise, their lifestyles are very diverse and distinct. For example, I did not know that their government is a parliamentary representative democratic republic. Also, stemming from my ignorance, I believed that all of Israeli citizens had a distinct, Middle Eastern look: dark hair, dark skin, dark eyes. But to my surprise, the Holy Land is filled with racial diversity. Perhaps that is what gives the country its rich culture and interesting back-story. Just as the United States has its own detailed history, so does Israel. Walking away from this project, I have learned so much about Israel, and I am proud to now have this knowledge as my own, not formed from someone else’s opinion. When living life in ignorance, you miss so much special knowledge and interesting detail. Learning about a different country on a different continent, we discover that everyone offers something unique and different to our world. When you add different cultures together, a more abundant and diversified community is created. Knowledge is a wonderful gift, so blessed are people who use their minds to grow and learn about others and their world.20
  21. 21. Eliza Graumlich, Villanova Brian Grisin, Instructor In FullW hen I think of the Middle East, I envision miles upon miles of endless desert. I see the color yellow. Yellow is for the sun (it’salways hot there) and for the sand. I see people, too. I assume theirlifestyle is nothing like mine. Maybe the youth go to school, but I can’timagine them watching television or going shopping at the mall.These people eat unfamiliar food. The way they dress is different, too.I imagine the women and men donning long dark robes. How canthey bear the hot weather? The Middle East also seems to be plaguedby conflict and violence. When the region is televised on the eveningnews, I see frightening images: soldiers crouch with ugly weapons,civilians cry, bombs explode. These brief clips on the evening news arethe only glimpse I have had of life in this far-off land. This project has really opened my eyes to the reality of the MiddleEast and of Israel, in particular. Indeed, Israel can be an area ofconflict, but for good reason: it’s the holy land for three differentreligious groups, all with deeply-rooted reasons to want the area forthemselves. Much like America, Israel is run by a democracy and thegovernment is divided into three branches. I also learned more aboutwhat being Jewish means. All in all, I’ve learned that the Middle Eastisn’t really that different from America. Whether we live in Americaor in Israel, we’re all human. 21
  22. 22. Brett Homer, St. Francis Mark Fredette, Instructor Excerpt T oday in the Middle East, Israel is the only real democracy! Most of the governments in the Middle East do not have the type of religious and personal freedoms Israel has. Israel is an oasis of hope and freedom compared to its surrounding Arab neighbors. Israel’s government is so fair, just and inclusive that there are three different Arab political parties in the Knesset that are for the demolition of Israel. Israel is also a modern country, not an archaic desert country. Israel is the birthplace of the cell phone and voicemail technology. [It is] a smart and very industrious country in the Middle East that does not rely on oil. Unlike its surrounding Arab neighbors, there is incredible tolerance in Israel for all the different cultures. 82.5% of Israel’s population consists of Jews who come from all over the world. Some of these Jews came from Germany and Russia during the Holocaust; others came from Arab countries, Ethiopia and America, all with one thing in common … This is the homeland of the Jews, the same homeland promised to Abraham and Moses by God three to four thousand years ago. Israel is the one place in the world with a Jewish majority, so they don’t have to live as a minority. Israel is the “United States” of the Middle East …22
  23. 23. In Yeong Kim, Bishop Montgomery John Fitzsimons, Instructor ExcerptB efore I had a lesson about the Holy Land Democracy Project, I did not know about Jews. I am an international school student from SouthKorea. In Korea, I did not learn about Jewish history deeply. Even though we learn about World History, I only knew that Jews werevictims of World War II. As a Christian, I thought Jews were persecutorsof Jesus. I also thought they are blessed people because they are placedin high positions in the United States. That was my opinion about Jews.I never compared Jews and Koreans before this project … 23
  24. 24. Savannah Luschei, Jserra Melea Walden, Instructor Excerpt T o an outsider, the Middle East might as well be lumped into one country. The first impressions people get of the region are what the media often proposes: parched desert, dehydration, war and brutally oppressed women. While this visual is true for many countries in the Middle East, this portrait often overshadows the Westernized, democratic nation of Israel. It sounds like a paradox to the average Westerner: Could a Middle Eastern nation remotely resemble Europe or America? Don’t they live in adobe houses and ride tanks armed with machine guns? Unfortunately, this type of ignorance is rampant among people who know little-to-nothing about Israel, other than what they hear in the daily news. This program helped me dispel these beliefs, which I admittedly shared. Learning about Israel helped me understand the people’s lifestyle and realize that, although there are differences, Americans share many traits with Israelis.24
  25. 25. Mack Macke, Servite Joe Swoboda, Instructor ExcerptW hen “The Holy Land Democracy Project” was first introduced in class and we were told we would be discussing Israel and the Middle East,I was not thrilled. If there is one area I have not wanted to think moreabout it, is the Middle East. To me, the Middle East brings to mind conflict.I pictured selfish people who want to force their way of thinking on therest of the World. It meant a group of people who are so jealous ofAmericans that they have become blind with hatred. The Middle Eastbrings to mind a dry barren desert, filled with people who are stuck in atime warp, who eat bad food and have nothing to look forward to so theystrike out and take what others have. When I thought of the Middle East, I did not think of Israel. Israel, inmy mind, was in the unlucky position of being right in the middle of theconflict because of its geography and because it is the highly soughtafter “holy land.” Israel is a place my parents talked about forvacations so we could trace the steps of Jesus, but always decidedagainst because [they] didn’t think it was safe enough. Israel was just afar off place that I really didn’t know or think much about. After learning about this project, my overall opinion of the MiddleEast has not changed but my impressions of Israel have. I wassurprised to learn that Israel is a democracy! I am embarrassed toadmit I thought they were governed by a ruler, like other surroundingMiddle East countries. Israel has sixteen or more different politicalparties, and seats in parliament are picked based on the number ofvotes for each of the political parties. Parliamentary elections are heldabout every 4 years. These political systems are very much like ours. Itis hard to believe that this tiny country that is surrounded byunfriendly, undemocratic countries has been able to survive and comeso far as a democratic society. 25
  26. 26. Alejandro Rodriguez, Cathedral Hilary Aguirre-Yribarren, Instructor Excerpt I srael does have a lot of conflicts in and around it, but overall they are trying to keep peace. I never knew everything that the Jewish people have gone through throughout history. They have been persecuted and exiled from other places. No wonder they wanted their own country! I would have done the same thing. I would want a safe place in which we are able to be protected from the people that hurt us. It is called in Spanish, “una querencia,” meaning a place you feel safe and you can be yourself. That is what Israel is for the Jewish people. Being my age in Israel is really hard, I would say. I worry about what university I will get accepted to, where I am going to go (this is the hardest one for me: my heart says one thing but my friends say the other) and what my major will be. Someone my age in Israel has to worry about going to the military and to war. We have the option to go to the military, but in Israel … they feel it is a duty to help... As I said, Israel has changed in my eyes. I now know all the struggles and all the great things Israel has to offer. I would love to go visit Israel one day and meet people who live there.26
  27. 27. Cristal Suarez, San Joaquin Cindy Campbell & Kathleen DeSantis, Instructors ExcerptT hrough learning about the historical importance of Israel to its people and about the modern-day interests of Israelis, I have seen that thepeople of Israel are intriguing individuals with every right to the freedomof living a peaceful life. For example, the history of Israel has helped me to see how importantthis land is to the Israelis ... The land of Israel was promised to theJewish people by God and therefore holds a special place for them. In70 CE, the Romans destroyed this ancient Jewish state and the Jewswere scattered, not always finding peaceful homes in the countriesthey inhabited. This feeling of unrest led to the Jews wanting apermanent haven. In 1897, Theodore Herzl founded modern Zionismand multitudes of Jews settled in Israel. These numbers increased withAdolph Hitler’s stirring up of anti-Semitism in 1933. It was in 1947 thatthe United Nations established the Jewish state in Palestine. The Jewswept for joy, as they finally had a land of their own, a place where theycould lead their own lives and worship freely. This history allows us allto relate to the Israelis, as it shows us that the people of Israel wantwhat all people want – freedom. 27
  28. 28. Marysol Uribe, St. Joseph Cynthia Madsen & Linda Petrich, Instructors In Full C an you imagine the Middle East as a sand dune transforming into a beautiful and prosperous country? It is no longer a rural and poor place as I have imagined … from Biblical passages. This project has tremendously changed my understanding of the Middle East, especially Israel. It has turned [in my mind] from barren land to a modern and successful state. Israel is like another wonder of the world. The Israelis prosper with the willpower for survival and success. Against all odds, in the span of sixty two years, Israel has developed an energetic and ambitious society that is hungry for achievement and success. This modern society has been the key to Israel’s success in many of its fields, such as technology, architecture, medicine and engineering. With the help of Israel, there has been an increase in commodities and improvement around our world today. There is a great similarity between [the values of] Israel’s Declaration of Independence and the United States. Both countries were founded by people seeking freedom and safety after suffering persecution and discrimination. Israel is a society with formal equality of rights and privileges. Israeli citizens can vote from the age of eighteen, regardless of religion, race or gender – something that resembles our political practice in the States. As a result, Israel is one of the rare places where Arab women may vote. Israel is a great role model for the entire Middle East …28
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  30. 30. First Prize Art Yoojin Lee, Notre Dame Academy Nancy Coonis, Instructor I sraelis have a fearful but beautiful history. I tried to sum up four thousand years of their history by drawing seven faces of Israelis including Jewish, Christian and Muslim. At the very right side of the paper, there is a Jewish child with the kippah on his head. Many Jews are still following their tradition. Beside the boy, there is an orthodox Jew praying. I showed their tradition with their appearances, such as long whiskers or beard as shown on the second from the left. Orthodox Jews usually wear black suits with black hats. Next to him, there are two soldiers. One is an “American” Israeli soldier and the other is a female soldier. This is another distinction: that Jews go to the army, regardless of their gender. A man next to the female soldier has gone through the Holocaust. A lot of Jews died and were separated from their country and family. Lastly, a Muslim lady at the end has covered more than half of her face with the veil. These days, people hold many stereotypes toward Israel. Not only veils and kippahs but also t-shirt and jeans are part of Israel. I believe their history cannot be drawn on a piece of paper, but I tried to give them different impressions as individuals.30
  31. 31. First Prize Art Ashley Malpica, St. Joseph Cynthia Madsen & Linda Petrich, InstructorsT he Jewish people have a strong connection to their land because it was given to them by God. They have been through many wars whichhave made them, in some way, more attached to their land. My sculpturerepresents the deep connection of the Jewish people to the land ofIsrael. The flag in the hand represents honor and respect. The hand is a symbol of God holding Israel and his presence with theHebrews throughout history. The blood running down the handrepresents the lives of the Jewish people that have been persecutedthroughout history. The sculpture shows struggle and faith, and also thatthe Israelites never gave up. The hand turning into a tree representssettlement and a new start. When the Hebrews were freed from Egypt,they moved on and settled into the Promised land. The banner at the bottom represents the birth place of the three religioustraditions. The grass growing around the tree represents the peace,freedom and beauty of this new land. Despite the hatred and the wars, thepeace, beauty and freedom continue to ring throughout the country. The small footprints represent the Jewish people moving to theirPromised Land. The footprints also represent the fact, which is evident inthe Shema (written in Hebrew on the scroll) that anyone is welcome andaccepted in Israel. The scroll represents historical Jewish tradition. The Shema is a uniqueprayer recited twice daily by Jews. This prayer has been passed downfor generations. 31
  32. 32. Second Prize Art Brian Yi, Loyola Tika Lee, Instructor T his painting illustrates what I have learned through my project. Before, I had a general sense that Israel was dangerous and would do terrible things such as blow up hospitals, schools and other public areas, but through this project I learned otherwise. The Israeli soldiers are deeply concerned with protecting the innocent and use a system that does not allow for fighting without ensuring the public’s safety. My painting represents this concept: in the painting there are two Israeli soldiers at the bottom, ready to fire. At the top left corner there is a public school which is filled with enemy soldiers. These two parts demonstrate the internal fighting going on in Israel and the usual tactics the enemy soldiers use. The dove with the olive tree branch symbolizes peace and the true nature of the soldiers. The peace symbolism is to draw out the only reason that Israeli soldiers are fighting. This is also an allusion to the Noah, story where the bird returns to the ark with a branch. This allusion helps demonstrate that a future with peace and freedom is the passion and motivation for the soldiers. Lastly, the six simple words written below the dove are used to hold the painting together. These words help break the consensus most people have about the Israelis. This consensus is due to the media reporting only the news that will catch the public’s eyes and not the truth behind the actions. The words represent the good and peaceful nature of the Israelis, even during a war. This also shows the motivation and passion the Israelis have for not harming innocent citizens, no matter what. I was deeply moved when learning about the Israeli soldiers. I personally think it is a terrible move militaristically, but one that only helps demonstrate the deep passion for the peace and safety of innocent lives.32
  33. 33. Third Prize Art Camellia Mikhaili, Louisville Mary Wilson, InstructorI srael is a land of many people, all with different opinions, beliefs and customs. This diversity creates a culture that is united by the differencesof its people; debate and public opinion are part of being a citizen. Jews –secular and religious – as well as Muslims, Christian and others call Israelhome. Israel has always faced challenge and opposition from its beginningsas a nation, and Israelis often have to confront violence and serve theircountry. In my drawing, I tried to capture the “many faces of Israel,” withfigures of children, students, musicians and soldiers. All comprise the imageof the Israeli flag. 33
  34. 34. Third Prize Art Thecla Min, Notre Dame Academy Nancy Coonis, Instructor T o me, the “Many Faces of Israel” describes the cultural diversity that Israel has to offer. The country is bustling with synagogues, churches and other religious buildings. It is also bustling with Jewish citizens, Africans, Arabs, Russians, Americans and many other ethnic groups.34
  35. 35. Third Prize Art Julie Wuellner, Oaks Christian Jan Allen, Instructor Excerpt M y project is all about the different faces of Israel that come together and make up the flag or the country of Israel. It is drawn onto canvas in prisma colors and it is made up of many different faces or aspects of the country of Israel, but when you look at the picture from far away, it looks like the Israeli flag. This symbolizes that eventhough there is a lot of diversity in Israel, ranging from different religions,age groups, ethnicities, histories and even hobbies; it is still one countrythat is united. There are pictures of the three main religions: Judaism,Christianity and Muslim. There are also pictures of all age groups, rangingfrom babies to grandparents who live in Israel. Hobbies such as sports arealso depicted as well as some famous athletes, singers, politicians andbusinessmen. In the collage, the aspects of farming and making the desertgreen are shown, as well as the conflict between the Israelis and thePalestinians. The different soldiers that are depicted throughout thecollage show this conflict. Everyday things that play a role in every society,such as love, loss, friendship and family, are also shown through the manypictures in the collage. Some major parts of the different histories of thepeople who live in Israel are also shown, such as the Jewish Holocaustsurvivors who are wearing the Star of David, and the story of the TenCommandments. Throughout the collage are words that depict a deepermeaning of what Israel is, such as the name of the national anthem and theyear that Israel was declared a country. All of these many different thingsthen come together in the end to form the country of Israel, which isshown by the many different pictures making up the one big flag of Israel. 35
  36. 36. We wish to express our deep thanks to St. Johns Health Center and The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth for generously underwriting this event. Their mission is to reveal God’s healing love while improving the health of the communities they serve in realizing this mission. They acknowledge the importance of our youth in bringing healing and health to our world.36
  37. 37. The Jewish Federation’s Holy Land Democracy Project educates non-Jewish high school students throughout Los Angeles about modern Israel by sending their teachers there. The resultis a cadre of educators at Catholic, Evangelical and Charter schools whohave shared powerful, first-hand experiences with more than 22,000diverse students.The program includes teacher training, a curriculum calledThe Many Faces of Israel, and a contest showcasing students’ essays, poetryand art depicting what they learned about the only democracy in theMiddle East. The resulting understanding of Israel creates a new perspectiveon Jewish life around the world. Since the programs inception in 2004,more than 50 schools have participated and more than 90 educators havemade this perspective-changing journey and returned to share theirexperience with their students. Educators study the history and diversity ofthe Jewish people, the democracy of Israel, as well as the challenges andcomplexities of Arab/Israeli relations. Tikkun olam, a Hebrew expression which means “repair the world,” is a historic and core Jewish value – and why reaching out to address the needs of the entire community is one of the goals of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The central coordinating organization for the Jewish community, the Federation fulfills this goalby operating and funding a broad range of humanitarian programs on a non-sectarian basis, open to people of all faiths and backgrounds. These essentialprograms offer food for the hungry, care for the elderly, help to batteredwomen, job training for those seeking employment, interest-free loans tothose in need, literacy programs for our young people, and much more. 37
  38. 38. We humbly thank all of the inspiring educators and outstanding schools who have partnered with us in building bridges between our communities and sharing the miracle of Israel with over 20,000 students in Los Angeles, Orange County, Fresno and Bakersfield.TEACHER SCHOOLHilary Aguirre-Yribarren Cathedral High SchoolJanice Allen Oaks Christian High SchoolMaria Andrade-Johnson Santa Margarita Catholic High SchoolVictor Arenas Bishop Amat Memorial High SchoolRandy Aust Santa Margarita Catholic High SchoolJoe Banfield St. Anthony High SchoolMaggie Bove-LaMonica Verbum Dei High SchoolRoxanne Brush St. Genevieve High SchoolJudy Burton Alliance College-Ready Public SchoolsMichele Butorac St. Matthias High SchoolEric Cadena Chaminade College PreparatoryCindy Campbell San Joaquin Memorial High SchoolJennifer Campbell St. Anthony High SchoolRaul Carranza College-Ready Academy High School #7Karen Chambers Verbum Dei High SchoolJames Christopher Leuzinger High SchoolEdward Clark Damien High SchoolJohn Collins Pomona Catholic High SchoolKat Cook Bishop Amat Memorial High SchoolNancy Coonis Notre Dame AcademyVera De Artola Notre Dame High SchoolKathleen DeSantis San Joaquin Memorial High SchoolRoger DeSilva Notre Dame High SchoolJeffrey Dewey Oaks Christian High SchoolKarina Diaz Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science SchoolJeanine DiCesaris-Kraybill Pomona Catholic High SchoolStephen Felkner Junipero Serra High SchoolJohn Fitzsimons Bishop Montgomery High SchoolMark Fredette St. Francis High SchoolLisa Gabriel Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High SchoolShannon Gavin Rosary High SchoolBlair Gillam Oaks Christian High SchoolMarcos Gonzalez San Gabriel Mission HSMargaret Govero St. Bernard Catholic High SchoolBrian Grisin Villanova Preparatory SchoolApril Gutierrez Sacred Heart High SchoolStephen Hagberg Oaks Christian High SchoolColleen Hall Mater Dei High SchoolHolly Haynes Mater Dei High SchoolKevin Hernandez Huntington Park College-Ready Academy High SchoolRodolfo Hernandez Bishop Amat Memorial High SchoolMichael Herrera St. Bonaventure High SchoolStephanie Hofmann Gertz-Ressler High School38
  39. 39. Shane Johnson Villanova Preparatory SchoolMary Killmond Bishop Alemany High SchoolWilliam Klein Marymount High SchoolAnnet Kohen Granada Hills Charter High SchoolCarol Koppenheffer Mater Dei High SchoolApril Kramer Chaminade College PrepatoryClaude LeBlanc Don Bosco Technical InstituteTika Lee Loyola High SchoolCindy Lee - Moon Notre Dame High SchoolMaureen Linehan Ramona Convent Secondary SchoolCynthia Madsen St. Joseph High SchoolAaron Marcarelli Oaks Christian SchoolDean Marolla College-Ready Academy High School #5Mary Marsella Garces Memorial High SchoolChalio Medrano Huntington Park College-Ready Academy High SchoolSonya Mercado St. Bonaventure High SchoolConan Moats Heritage College-Ready Academy High SchoolRita Morgan Marymount High SchoolDenis Munoz St. Bernard Catholic High SchoolAllicen Naal Pomona Catholic High SchoolFatima Nicdao Cantwell Sacred Heart of MaryJames Nielsen Santa Margarita Catholic High SchoolLisa Nollette Rosary High SchoolRay Nolte Damien High SchoolMarc Nuno St. Monica Catholic High SchoolNate Nylander Oaks Christian SchoolSiobhan ONeill St. Monica Catholic High SchoolKristina Ortega Chaminade College PreparatoryRobert Pambello Heritage College-Ready Academy High SchoolJason Parrot St. Bernard Catholic High SchoolJeanette Pascua Notre Dame High SchoolGary Pate Oaks Christian SchoolWilliam Perales Mary Star of the SeaElisa Perez Ramona Convent Secondary SchoolLinda Petrich St. Joseph High SchoolMichelle Purghart Holy Family High School College PreparatoryTomas Renna Bishop Montgomery High SchoolSusan Rizo Garces Memorial High SchoolVanessa Sandoval College-Ready Academy High School #5David Savage Notre Dame High SchoolStephen Schumacher Santa Margarita Catholic High SchoolMichael Sifter Alverno High SchoolBernadette St. James Bishop Montgomery High SchoolJoe Swoboda Servite High SchoolMaureen Tunstill Rosary High SchoolSteve Viau Mater Dei High SchoolMelea Walden Jserra Catholic High SchoolChris Weir Servite High SchoolJosh Wilson Louisville High SchoolMary Wilson Louisville High SchoolRobin Winkler Granada Hills Charter High SchoolTheresa Yugar Sacred Heart High School 39
  40. 40. Dr. Daniel Lieber, Chair Ahavia Scheindlin, Director Rabbi Hal Greenwald, Assistant Director John Fitzsimons, Educational Coordinator Advisory Council Malka Blitz, Julie Bram, Gary Cypres, Eric J. Diamond, Irwin S. Field, Abner Goldstine, Dennis A. Gura, Stanley Kandel, Leslie Kessler, Sharon Krischer, Arlene Kupietzky, Dr. Daniel Lieber, Linda Mayman, Marla Rosen, Faith Schames,Terri Smooke The Jewish Federation Community Pillar Sharon Baradaran and Glenn Sonnenberg, Co-Chairs Marc Carrel, Vice Chair The Jewish Federation Jay Sanderson, President Richard V. Sandler, Chairman of the Board Jonathan Cookler and Ed Robin Vice Chairs Les Bider and Sharon Janks General Campaign Chairs Andrew Cushnir, Executive Vice President/Chief Program Officer DIOCESE of SAN BERNARDINO Exhibit photography and videography courtesy of Forrest Autenrieth.Additional exhibit photography generously provided by Pini Dror Photography.

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