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EVENT: LIVING HISTORY AND GRATITUDE CIRCLES VISIT FAIRFAX HIGH
ATTENDEES: Cantor Estherleon Schwartz - http://www.estherleon.com
Leonard F. Delpit, Executive Director of The University of South Central
Gail Blair, Executive Director for Cantor Schwartz
Ivor Pyres, Creative Director for Cantor Schwartz
Mark Ross, Assistant Principal - http://www.fairfaxhs.org/
DATE: Thursday, May 22, 2014
TIME: 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Fairfax High School
7850 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Principal Carmina Nacorda 323 370 1202
Assistant Principal Mark Ross 323 370 1222
DESCRIPTION: Sharing a Living History combined with Gratitude Circles
will create unity by:
Building real trust
Developing stronger, more rewarding relationships
Communicating fairly, effectively and positively
Coping with various cultures, backgrounds and faiths
Retention of individuality and enjoying others’ uniqueness
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CREATING A NEW HISTORY ROOTED IN UNITY AND PEACE
Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Their website banner reads: “FHS fosters a community of diversity and potential!!! FHS will lead Los Angeles schools in graduation rate….” – these are the children of today, uniting cultures to help dispel discrimination and bullying for today and tomorrow.
On Thursday, May 22nd Cantor Estherleon Schwartz visited Fairfax High School in Los Angeles where she shared her story as a child Holocaust survivor and showed students how to instill forgiveness, unity and peace through coming together and creating a gratitude circle.
The Gratitude Circles project was created by Cantor Schwartz as a movement to bring a voluntary program to schools that aim to connect children with one another regardless of culture or faith. Cantor Schwartz believes that by the children holding hands and sharing gratitude with their classmates, bonds will be created and strengthened by their commonalities. The result could be that by overriding differences – diversity and uniqueness will be celebrated and enjoyed.
Attending the multi-media event at Fairfax High School was Assistant Principal, Mark Ross, who said that he found the presentation, “interesting.” Also in attendance were Shabbos Buddies, Leonard F. Delpit, Executive Director of The University of South Central; Gail Blair, Executive Director for Cantor Schwartz, and, Ivor Pyros, Creative Director for Cantor Schwartz.
“Cantor Schwartz provided two presentations to students, the first was for 3 classes and the second was for 2. Almost all students participated in the holding of the Torah as well as being wrapped in the Shawl of Many Colors (which symbolizes our world’s diversities), and ended with the formation of gratitude circles.”
“The kids were great,” said Cantor Schwartz, “They made me feel welcomed and one of them.”
As a thank you for her efforts, Assistant Principle Ross honored Cantor Schwartz as a graduate and alumni of Fairfax High by presenting her with a class pin.
About Cantor Estherleon Schwartz
Estherleon Schwartz is a French-born cantor who, along with her parents, evaded Nazi capture during World War II. The Cantor obtained American citizenship in 1948 and currently resides in Southern California. She is a Los Angeles based and community leader; promoting an agenda which includes unity, peace, and anti-hunger through music and the spoken word.
Cantor Estherleon Schwartz Website: http://www.estherleon.com
Beth Shirah (House of Song) Website: http://bethshirahhouseofson.wix.com/estherleonschwartz
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. and worldwide by arrangement and via Skype or telephone.
Gail Blair: (818) 783-8824 email@example.com
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