THE YITZHAK RABIN CENTER The Yitzhak Rabin Center is a national institute established to commemorate Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, a soldier and statesman who was assassinated in 1995. The Rabin Center’s mission is to ensure that the vital lessons from Rabin’s remarkable life and tragic death are used to shape an Israeli society and leadership dedicated to civil dialogue, democratic values and social cohesion. The Rabin Center is an exciting hub of active learning and discourse. Its educational workshops aim to instill democratic values and provide an enriching experience for Israeli high school students and IDF soldiers. The young participants in the interactive workshops wrestle with questions of identity, responsibility and freedom of expression in a pluralistic society. The centerpiece of the Rabin Center experience is the Israeli Museum, which focuses on significant turning points in the country’s development. It is the only museum in Israel dedicated to chronicling the history of the state. The museum present the conflicts, social challenges and dilemmas the country has faced, as well as its successes. Interwoven with the exhibits is the life story of Yitzhak Rabin, the connecting thread in the depiction of Israel’s history. Nearly 100,000 people from around the world visit the museum every year. Leadership Training for High School Students The Rabin Center’s educational programming is critical for the development of the next generation of leaders in Israeli society. The educational workshops and seminars provided invaluable, enriching experiences for the 45,000 Israeli high school students who participated in them over the past decade. Drawing from Rabin’s view of social responsibility, students gain an appreciation of their own role in promoting the well-being and unity of the Israeli people. The interactive workshops address key issues for young leaders: democracy, identity, responsibility and freedom of expression in a pluralistic society. Leadership development among youth is an even more profound issue for students from Israel’s geographic and socio-economic periphery, who have a tremendous amount to gain from acquiring leadership skills and vision. An investment in youth from the periphery is vital for the creation of a pluralistic, democratic Israel that is attentive to the needs of all its citizens from all backgrounds, ethnicities and social classes. The Rabin Center places great emphasis on leadership training for youth from the periphery and developed a Leadership Training Program for Youth from the Periphery, specially geared for this population. The program enables participants to understand and take control of the reality in which they live, and fosters a commitment to responsibility for communal growth and development. Participants gain empowerment, knowledge and an appreciation of their responsibilities for building a better society. At the same time, participants also acquire important skills and are mentored through a year-long personal project with an NGO on an issue of importance to them. The combination of theoretical study and practical projects is a proven model for nurturing leaders with strong, long-term visions for society. Interactive Shows for Children The Yitzhak Rabin Center, in partnership with the Orna Porat Theater for Children and Youth, the leading repertoire theater in Israel for young audiences, stages performances of “A Leader is Born” – a fun, educational and interactive show for children ages 8 to 15, which teaches children about Israel’s complex history. This exciting scholastic experience, which began its run in 2014, is a great way to bring the nation’s history to life for kids. The show engages young audiences by using the Israeli Museum and the Rabin Center’s classrooms and multipurpose rooms as backdrops for past events. The performances seek to help today’s youth gain a better understanding and appreciation of what it means to be Israeli. The 45-minute play features performers portraying some of Israel’s key leaders, including: Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin.
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