JOLEE-JAFFA MUSIC FOUNDATION
health, healing and empowerment through music
The evidence is overwhelming.
A music education for children is critical to their emotional and academic development, and daily music making for adults has extraordinary mental and physical health benefits. Our mission is to advance public awareness of these benefits and provide opportunities for music education to all ages. We endeavor to work with other advocates who also understand the empowerment that comes with learning to play music.
Mission Accomplished and First Recital
It has been an incredible year for JJMF – please scroll down for all the latest news.
On behalf of the board of directors we want to thank you for your support of our work and wish you a blessed holiday season and prosperous 2016.
The first JJMF music recital took place Sunday, December 13, 2015, at the Sunshine Acres Children’s Home. A joyful event with most young musicians performing for the first time.
Cultural Diplomacy and a New Constitution
Music is a universal language that has a profound ability to unite people who have opposing religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds, encompassing all ages and socioeconomic levels. Through music, walls of distrust can be broken down and trusting relationships can be built.
We are building Music Diplomacy programs to provide opportunities for cultural understanding through music and are proud to announce our affiliation with a new music club for ukulele players at Arizona State University.
The foundation is sponsoring music lessons and providing music instruments to students. We want to share with you the new music room at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home where we have classes taught by teachers dedicated to fulfilling our mission. Young lives will be changed in this room!
“We want to show the world that if you have a common love it doesn’t matter if you’re different, we will figure out a way to be friends.” Lian Najami.
In May, Bill and Joanne met with the leadership at Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa, Israel. Their mission statement reads in part, “By approaching Arab and Jewish youth through the lens of music, Playing Cultures establishes a unique opportunity to transcend cultural barriers by catering to a passion for music and creativity inherent to all people.” Click on the image to see a clip of an interview with Lian, the lead person in Playing Cultures, and a sample of their music performed in their bomb shelter where they rehearse – a song about friendship in Hebrew, Arabic, English and Russian, all blending together seamlessly. Be inspired!