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I.B. Singer Humane Education Center





Overview: The Goal

Program for Arab Schools

Animal Abuse & Human Aggression

Arab & Jewish Children's Program

I.B. Singer Center

Horse & Donkey Project: Education

Resources for Teachers




Building for the Future

After a long wait to obtain approval from the Tel Aviv municipality to build, to perform various surveys, and to obtain a construction permit, construction on the Isaac Bashevis Singer Humane Education Center, on the grounds of the SPCA in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, is at last set to begin.


The round front of the 60 sq. meter building will be glass, to let in maximum light. One or more colorful stained glass windows depicting the connection, communication, and love between humans and animals, created by world-renowned stained glass artist Jeremy Langford, will grace one wall. (You can see examples of his work at www.langfordartglass.com.)


A rounded bridge over water and rocks will lead the way to the entrance. The sides and back will be made of Jaffa stone, an ancient, light-colored stone native to the area. The roof, made to look like a shell, will emphasize the connection to living things. Inside, a sunken circle will allow children to sit on the rim, for group activities. A moveable wall can separate computers, which will be used by students to research school papers about animals and animal issues, from the rest of the room. It will also provide extra wall space for hanging animal art or serve as a projection screen. A sink will be convenient for cleaning up after art activities.


The Center will be the site of lectures, video screenings, seminars for teachers, and activities for children, including our Living Together program for Jewish and Arab children. Built-in shelves for books and videos about animals will line the walls, and the Center will house a large-screen TV/VCR.


Contributions toward translating and printing books and purchasing videos and other items, like chairs, are still needed. Contributors of $500—$1,000 will be listed in the program at the opening ceremony, contributors of $1,000$5,000 will be listed on the plaque of recognition on the wall of the Center as Special Benefactors, and will receive a commemorative plaque suitable for mounting, and contributors of $5,000 and above will be listed as Major Benefactors and will also receive a commemorative plaque.


Background of the I.B. Singer Humane Education Center 

The late Nobel Laureate and CHAI Advisory Board member I.B. Singer wrote often about animals in his works. He said: "We know now, as we have always known instinctively, that animals can suffer as much as human beings. Their emotions and their sensitivity are often stronger than those of a human being." When asked whether he was a vegetarian for health reasons, he said "Yes, for the health of the chicken."


Knesset Member Avraham Poraz, popular Israeli singer/actress Noa Tishby, famed Israeli theater actor Yosef Shiloach, and the late Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv demonstrated their support of the I.B. Singer Humane Education Center by participating in the groundbreaking ceremony at the site where the Center is to be built, on the grounds of the SPCA in Tel Aviv.


The Center will spread the message that all living things are connected and that how we treat other creatures directly affects our own fate. Among its programs will be classes for teachers and children, including projects for Jewish and Arab children. Studies have shown that when children are taught empathy and respect for animals at an early age, they transfer these qualities to fellow humans when they grow up. Humane education helps prevent violence in society. All of the children involved in recent violent incidents began by hurting animals when they were younger. Society's failure to heed the early warning signals led to later violent behavior.


In Memory of a Supporter of CHAI and of the Humane Education Center

Jeanette Herschaft, columnist for the Jewish Post and Opinion for over forty years, wrote often about the plight of animals and our responsibility to relieve their suffering. She was a strong supporter of CHAI, always including our projects in her column. Her husband Jacques, sons Howard, Randy and Allen, daughter-in-law Tammy, grandchildren Miriam and Michael, and six cats — Number One, Two, Three, Four, Eric, and Topazio will miss her, as will we at CHAI.