CHAI's humane education program for Arab schools, "Expanding the
Circle of Compassion," which began as a pilot project in a small number of
schools, has proved so popular and so effective in changing attitudes
toward those we call "other," including nonhuman animals, that Israel's
Ministry of Education expanded it to 60 schools, with a planned further
expansion to all schools in the north of Israel.
Teachers reported that students were amazed to learn that animals have
intelligence and emotions, just like humans, and those who were abusing
animals, such as by hanging cats or cutting off their tails, voluntarily
came forward, reported with regret what they had done, and vowed to stop
this behavior. Teachers, too, were affected by what they saw and
learned. Read below some of the feedback we received about the impact of
the program, printed in an Arab newspaper that interviewed participants
at our second training conference.
Seminar participants broke up into pairs or small groups to carry out
Teachers expressed appreciation and gratitude to the seminar's
presenter, Rae Sikora.
CHAI's sister charity in Israel, Hakol Chai (Everything Lives), will
sponsor four more training seminars in September for 180 teachers
responsible for over 5,400 students—two for teachers new to the
program and two for teachers already participating. We are grateful to
the Animal Guardians Foundation for their generous support of this program.
In addition, a Jewish school learned of the program and will try it in
September as a pilot. Also in September, ten Bedouin schools will
introduce a related program we created especially for these schools,
which focuses on
proper respect and care for donkeys.
Feedback from principals:
"This program has been implemented in our school for the second year in
a row now, and it has had a very positive impact on the students'
intellectual and moral values, because...they see how they need to behave
with animals. Students see an animal being tortured and learn how to be
merciful, learn what freedom is, learn who the strong man is and who the
weak man is, really....We must learn from the animals, admiring them. We
need to pass these values to our society, thus making yet another
positive step in our day-to-day actions, through the values."
"Hakol Chai's program is vital. It is about admiring our environment and
strengthening the students' values on this subject. The project
addresses the students' behavior with all living creatures, including
animals, starting with our immediate environment and our family, and
then expanding to more distant situations....The message got across."
Feedback from teachers:
"This (program) has had a very strong impact; there is an awakening in
all that concerns the treatment of animals and behavior toward them....I
see this as a good thing. Hakol Chai's program is important for the
treatment of animals as well as others around us."
"We make sure the Hakol Chai project is implemented in our school,
because this organization strives to encourage compassion and mercy
towards animals....We use (the project) as a tool for advancing the
students' understanding of values and developing their emotions around
the way animals are treated by man. After all, animals are also living
creatures in this world, and we, as humans, have a responsibility—animals have a right to live because they, too, have souls....This
educational project passes good values to students, and it is important
that the students practice their skills and develop their values toward
"This program offers students the opportunity to create a better and
more tolerant world."
"I am willing to fight for the cause that animals will not be harmed and
will be allowed to live in peace and not subjected to torture. I am no
longer indifferent to this subject....This program will contribute to
creating a better society and to world peace."
"I was unaware of the importance of humane education and the possibility
of creating change in students and in society in general. This program
has had an impact on my awareness, on the way I will treat animals, and
on my lifestyle. The activities and knowledge we acquired here created
change, and, as a teacher, I am committed to passing on what I learned to
my students. I see it as mandatory to transfer to my students the
knowledge I acquired about moral problems related to how animals and how
all living beings are treated."
"After we taught the program over the past school year, we discovered an
enchanting circle which created true compassion for animals that live
with us on our lonely planet. This program revealed before the students'
eyes the deep and hidden world of animals. Students learned about
animals' feelings, families, pain, suffering, intelligence, and I saw
looks of amazement, heard moving words, stories and dreams, real
dialogue was held between them. A few spoke quietly, others shared their
stories or regrets. Sure and definite change occurred and this was only
the beginning. I know there is much more to come."
"I was happy to realize a dream for people in search of peace between
those living in this universe, and I was happy to be a representative
for the angels guarding the weak spirit and trying to provide us with
better lives. I, too, could not resist the change and experienced the
happiness together with the students. I am still enchanted and charmed
from the change and the new world this program showed me. I feel that I
still don't have the words to describe this great change, to describe
the impact, the belonging, and compassion which has filled my heart and
many more hearts. We will continue this path together...with your
guidance and supervision. Thank you, in the name of all of the students
who took part in the program."
PLEASE DONATE TO CHAI'S WORK SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO ACHIEVE POWERFUL RESULTS LIKE THOSE ABOVE THROUGHOUT THE ARAB COMMUNITY IN ISRAEL.
Nine Knesset Members
Sponsor CHAI/Hakol Chai's Bill
Gambling on All Sports Involving Animals
Another day, another death
Knesset Member Israel Hasson and eight additional Knesset members from
across the political spectrum introduced a bill in conjunction with
Hakol Chai that would ban gambling on all sports involving animals,
including dog racing, cock fighting, bullfighting, and horse racing. The bill includes a penalty of one year in prison and a
eight additional Knesset Members include Rabbi Dov Lipman, David Azoulay,
Chairman of the Pro-Animal Caucus in the Knesset founded by Hakol Chai, Eitan Cabel, Amram Mitzna, Dov Henin, Tamar Zandberg, Yechiel
Bar, and Itzik Shmuli.
The bill was first introduced at the end of the previous Knesset
session, but as there was not time to discuss it, it was reintroduced
this session and is expected to be discussed after the summer Knesset
Introducing the bill is part of Hakol Chai's long campaign to prevent
gambling on horse racing from entering Israel.
The bill notes that drugging, catastrophic injuries and premature death
are commonplace in this industry that pushes animals beyond their
If gambling on racing were to gain a foothold in the country, Israel would have to build slaughterhouses to dispose of all the young, healthy horses not fast enough to win races. The only alternative is for Israel to enter the cruel live transport industry, shipping ex-race horses to Europe to end up on dinner plates. Israel is small, and even now has no place for all the unwanted horses in the country. The large number of horses that end their racing careers every year because they are not fast enough would add many hundreds to this number.
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THE MONTHLY COSTS OF BOARDING AND CARING FOR OUR FORMERLY ABUSED HORSES, NOW RESCUED AND REHABILITATED.
CHAI Joins Call To Revive
the Jewish New Year's Day for Animals
To increase awareness of Judaism’s powerful teachings on the importance
of compassion toward animals, CHAI has joined with the Jewish
Vegetarians of North America in calling for a revival and transformation of an ancient holiday, the Jewish New Year for Animals.
Many New Year's holidays in Judaism are based on restored and
transformed ancient holidays, such as Tu B'shvat, also called Israel’s
Arbor day. This holiday, originally about tithing trees—deciding when
the fruit of trees can be eaten or given to charity, for example—was
restored and transformed into an ecological awareness day focusing on
healing (tikkun) the environment and celebrated by planting trees.
it is time to restore and transform the ancient Jewish New Year for
Animals, a holiday originally about tithing animals for sacrifices,
today should be about raising consciousness about Judaism's positive
teachings about animals and healing cruel practices toward them.
The Jewish New Year for Animals (called Rosh Hashanah LeBeheimot) falls
in August. During this period—the month before the major Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom
Kippur (New Year and Day of Atonement)—we are to consider our words
and actions over the past year, ask forgiveness from those we may have
harmed, and resolve to do better in the future. This is an ideal time to
consider Judaism’s teachings on tsa'ar ba'alei chayyim, compassion for
the suffering of animals, and what actions we can take to make the world
a better place for them. Reviving and transforming the New Year for
Animals would also demonstrate that Jewish teachings are relevant to
contemporary issues and meaningful to today’s youth.
If you are a member of a synagogue or Temple, please ask your rabbi to
celebrate the Jewish New Year for Animals by informing their
congregations about the importance of respecting and protecting animals
and by encouraging congregation members to volunteer for and donate to a
charity helping animals. Donations to CHAI allow us to be a voice
for animals in Israel.
Everyone can help bring about a better world by reducing or eliminating
their consumption of animal products, not only to prevent animal
suffering, but for our health and the health of our planet. Countless
studies have shown that vegetarians live longer and are healthier than
meat eaters. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),
meat production releases more greenhouse gases into our atmosphere (up
to 22% of the total) than all forms of transport combined and more than
industry. Producing one hamburger is the equivalent of driving a
3,000-pound car nearly 10 miles. A shift to a plant-based diet can help
set our imperiled planet on a sustainable path. See:
spread the word about CHAI's work on behalf of Israel's animals. The more
support we have, the more we can help animals. Here are some ways you can
Send your generous,
tax-deductible contributions to CHAI, POB 3341, Alexandria, VA 22302 or
donate through our
Organize a "parlor meeting"
of friends to help raise funds for CHAI's projects.
Distribute CHAI pamphlets
at synagogues, Temples, vets' offices, and other places people who care
about animals are likely to see them.
Know any foundations that might consider a grant proposal from CHAI or reporters who might write about our cause? Tell us!
Remember CHAI in your will.
CHAI's Facebook page.
On behalf of the animals, we thank you!
Yours for a more compassionate world,
CHAI - Concern for Helping Animals in Israel
PO Box 3341, Alexandria, VA 22302