April 14, 2015
Kulanu is proud to announce our honoree for the 2015 Annual Tribute Journal, Daneel Schaechter: a remarkable young man, Kulanu’s Latin America coordinator since 2011 and, thanks to his extraordinary accomplishments, the youngest member of our board of directors. A Kulanu volunteer since his senior year in high school, Daneel has worked innumerable hours as a passionate, resourceful, and effective advocate for Kulanu. His youthful energy and enthusiasm, as well as his knowledge and love of Judaism, have enabled him to meet and introduce Kulanu and the world to new Jewish communities throughout Latin America.
Please join us as we honor Daneel Schaechter, the vanguard of a new generation of Kulanu leaders. Once again we are creating a virtual on-line journal in which you can express your thoughts. The journal will look like a booklet you would receive at a dinner you attended in person, but in this case, you will see the pages on-line. The journal will display your sentiments and those of others, along with photos of Daneel in his roles inside and outside Kulanu. By communicating your good wishes to Daneel, you will be helping to support Kulanu’s work in Latin America and around the globe.
Click here to find out how YOU can be part of this year’s online ad journal honoring Daneel!
Go to www.kulanu.org/tribute to learn more about Daneel Schaechter and the 2015 Kulanu Tribute Journal.
A brilliant activist while still in high school, Daneel was on the executive board of an organization that fought for the maintenance of Yiddish as a living language. As his focus shifted, he brought his zeal to Kulanu and to the isolated and emerging Jewish communities of Latin America. A fluent speaker of Spanish (as well as English, Yiddish, Hebrew and Portuguese) and a friendly and approachable presence, he has helped us establish and maintain contact in many countries including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.
Thanks to his efforts and extensive travels, Kulanu has benefited from contact with these vibrant and hopeful communities — descendants of forced converts at the time of the Inquisition, Jews by choice, and others not previously welcomed by mainstream Judaism. In turn, they have benefited from resources provided by Kulanu supporters – Torahs, religious items, books, Jewish teaching via the Internet and in person, and increased interaction with worldwide Judaism. A mini-grant program that Daneel organized and directed for Kulanu brought siddurim and other books to needy communities in Brazil, Guatemala, and Ecuador, and funds for a Hebrew school classroom to Colombia.
As a college student at the University of Pennsylvania, Daneel received several research awards for oral history work in Latin America. Among his multitude of accomplishments, he has been a Fellow at Ein Prat Academy for Leadership in Israel, a Fellow at Germany Close Up which focuses on German-American-Israeli foreign relations, and a founding member of Action: Active Cross-Cultural Training In Our Neighborhood for disadvantaged elementary schools. In summer 2013, he won a prestigious internship at the US embassy in Quito, Ecuador, after graduating magna cum laude from Penn.
We are delighted to share that while continuing to serve as Kulanu Board member and Latin America Coordinator, Daneel is currently residing in Recife, Brazil as a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, teaching English, working at a start-up, and helping the b’nei anousim communities around Brazil. Please join us in recognizing Daneel’s many accomplishments, his contributions to Kulanu and to global Judaism, and his promise to achieve so much more: go to kulanu.org/tribute or click here to learn how.
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