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Barbara Leventhal-Stern z”l Honored Through
Art Competition at Western Galilee College

November, 2010

The legacy of Barbara Leventhal-Stern was recently honored through an art competition at Western Galilee College. Barbara was a poet, painter, craftswoman and Jewish storyteller. One of her works of art is on display in the Harry and Shirley Leventhal Academic Building at the College, named in honor of Barbara’s parents, Shirley and Harry (z"l) Leventhal, who were long-time Israel Education Fund donors.

In a fitting tribute to Barbara, Western Galilee College’s Siman Art Center and the Office of the Dean of Students, in cooperation with the Leventhal Family, held its first annual art competition open to the College’s students. On October 31, 2010, the photo exhibition entitled “Accepting the Other” displayed 15 of the 36 photographs submitted for the competition. First prize was awarded to Revital Avihal, a third year Graphic Design student; second place went to Reut Shealtiel, a third year Graphic Design student; and third place was shared between Jenny Grushanov, a second year Economics student, and Zimorrod Farris, a second year Graphic Design student.

First Place – Revital Avihai

Second Place – Reut Shealtiel

According to Dean of Students, Dr. Yehuda Ben Simon, “The idea behind the topic, ‘Accepting the Other,’ was to observe and pay attention through the camera’s lens
to the wide spectrum of diversities—focusing on the other, and the similarity which is
often far greater than the differences. ‘Accepting the Other,’ is an integral aspect of
daily life in the College. Here the student population is diverse, and dialogue is part of
our academic syllabus." View additional photos of the exhibition.

The 2010-11 art competition will be open to students in the different courses of Graphic Design. During the year, the students will be assigned a semester-long project. The students will work on the project, addressing the topic from the different artistic mediums that they are studying. Each of the twenty students will receive a small stipend to assist them with the purchase of the necessary art materials.

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