PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Santa Barbara Christian Couples Begin Partnership- with Israeli School

Growing out of an unusual partnership, two Santa Barbara Christian couples, Chris and Gail Fischer and Dr. Richard and Nan Morrow spent a week as volunteers at the Levi Eshkol Elementary School in Beit Shemesh, Israel. This unusual partnership has grown between a local Christian community, Christ the King Episcopal Church and the Keren Shemesh Foundation, an Israeli Jewish social organization that seeks to serve the educational and recreational needs of underprivileged children in Beit Shemesh.

The Fischers and the Morrows assisted students in English language class, art, music, physical education and dance. However, their real offering was love and friendship with the families, the staff and the children. Such an unusual project as this is a reflection of the extraordinary healing that has taken place globally between the Jewish and Christian communities in the wake of the European Holocaust. Today it is not unusual to see Israeli leaders vocalizing public concern over the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

The partnership grew out of a friendship between the Director of Keren Shemesh, Meir Malka and Christ the King’s rector, The Reverend Canon Brian Cox. They met six years ago when Cox came to meet with the mayor of Beit Shemesh, a leader among the National Religious parties.

Symbolic of this budding friendship between a Santa Barbara Christian community and an Israeli Jewish community was the planting of olive trees at the school with a plaque commemorating their visit and the beginning of a most unusual partnership.

For further information please contact Dr. Richard Morrow at or 805-967-9945.

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