Gov­er­nor Mike Huck­abee Serves as Key­note Speaker at Keren Or Women's Di­vi­sion Lun­cheon - May 2017

The Jewish Voice - - SPE­CIAL FEA­TURES - Edited by: JV Staff

On Tues­day, May 9th, New York City's Park Av­enue Syn­a­gogue hosted the 13th an­nual Women's Di­vi­sion Gala Spring Lun­cheon on be­half of an ex­tra­or­di­nary school in Is­rael, the Keren Or Jerusalem Cen­ter for Blind Chil­dren with Ad­di­tional Dis­abil­i­ties. Al­ways an in­spi­ra­tional and el­e­gant af­ter­noon, this year's lun­cheon was a great suc­cess.

Women's Di­vi­sion Chair Mar­i­lyn Lauer paid trib­ute to the guest of honor, Har­riet Muss, a gen­er­ous and devoted found­ing mem­ber of the Women's Di­vi­sion board. The short pre­sen­ta­tions that fol­lowed in­cluded a mov­ing video clip fea­tur­ing the multi-dis­abled blind stu­dents at the Keren Or Cen­ter in Jerusalem, and re­marks by Kari Levine, who had vol­un­teered at the Cen­ter some 25 years ago, and whose daugh­ter, now par­tic­i­pat­ing in a post-high school gap-year pro­gram in Is­rael, is ful­filli g her own vol­un­teer ser­vice at the school.

The high­light of the af­ter­noon's pro­gram was key-note speaker, former Ar­kan­sas Gov­er­nor, Mike Huck­abee, a man of deep faith and an out­spo­ken sup­porter of the State of Is­rael. In his ad­dress, Mr. Huck­abee stressed the jus­tice of the Jew­ish peo­ple's bib­li­cal claim and their time­less, ex­clu­sive rights to the en­tire land, and re­it­er­ated his con­vic­tion that Jerusalem must re­main un­di­vided, the united cap­i­tal of the State of Is­rael. To a stand­ing ova­tion, he pledged the com­mit­ment of the United States gov­ern­ment to Is­rael's on­go­ing wel­fare. He also spoke of Keren Or's im­por­tant role in Is­rael; help­ing to ad­vance young peo­ple with se­ri­ous dis­abil­i­ties and as­sist­ing their fam­i­lies, and promised to visit the Cen­ter on his next visit to Is­rael.

Lo­cated in the beau­ti­ful neigh­bor­hood of Ramot, over­look­ing Jerusalem, the Keren Or Cen­ter cares ex­clu­sively for blind, mul­ti­ply dis­abled youth. In­di­vid­u­al­ized pro­grams are tai­lored to the unique needs of each child, pro­vid­ing ther­a­peu­tic, ed­u­ca­tional, so­cial, spir­i­tual and cul­tural tools to max­i­mize his or her po­ten­tial. The mis­sion of Keren Or Women's Di­vi­sion is to pro­vide en­rich­ment pro­grams that en­hance the chil­dren's hap­pi­ness and well be­ing, in­clud­ing hy­drother­apy and hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions.

In ad­di­tion to the an­nual lun­cheon, Keren Or Women's Di­vi­sion holds do­cent-led mu­seum tours, runs the­ater par­ties, and spon­sors day trips to cul­tural des­ti­na­tions out­side New York City.

For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Keren Or Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, El­iz­a­beth David-Dem­browsky at 212-279-0534 or el­iz­a­beth@keren-or.org.

Ilana Buch­binder, Eliot Lauer, Mar­i­lyn Lauer, Gov­er­nor Mike Huck­abee, Shari Lauer & Tammy Al­ter

Jamie Leifer, Ruthy Jun­greis, Rachel Lyons, Alisa Oliner, Esti Her­shkowitz & Shel­ley Le­bor

Terry Jas­pan, Har­riet Muss, Zelda Berger & Miriam Glaubach

Les­lie Eisen, Agi Zit­ter, Surella Feit

Mindy Stein, Har­riet Gar­ber & Reva Oliner

Mar­i­lyn Lauer, Gail Propp & Diana Ep­stein

Ni­cole Ap­ple­man

Kari Levine

Mar­i­lyn Lauer & Har­riet Muss

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