Jan 12, 2012
'Silence' Campaign Gets Boost

The campaign to implement a Moment of Silence in schools has been promoted by psychologist Izzy Kalman of "Bullies 2 Buddies."

By COLlive reporter

The Moment of Silence campaign, led by Lubavitcher R' Avraham Frank, has joined forces with Mr. Izzy Kalman, a nationally acclaimed bullying prevention specialist.

Kalman, a Certified School Psychologist, trains professionals and schools throughout the country in his unique approach to the all-pervasive bullying problem.

Recently, Kalman used his Bullies 2 Buddies newsletter, with a circulation of 20,000 subscribers throughout the world, to promote a Moment of Silence.

The idea was encouraged by the Rebbe in the 1980's to foster morality in public schools, by starting the day with 60 seconds of silent reflection.

Although 15 states in the U.S. mandated the Moment of Silence, the added feature of parental involvement is not included in these schools, notes Rabbi Frank who inspired over 30 schools in New York City alone to adopt the concept.

The Rebbe asked that parents discuss with their children nightly, what they should think about during this moment of silence.

Since Kalman's mention in his newsletter, the campaign has heard from people from countries such as Ireland, Trinidad, and Mexico, who are interested in implementing the Moment of Silence in their classrooms and other facilities.

Kalman has joined the Board of Directors of the Moment of Silence. Another member is Dr. Robert Feldman of Crown Heights who is working with government organizations.

Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, Uruguay Shliach and author Rabbi Eliezer Shemtov and other Shluchim have been involved in providing contribution ideas to the campaign.

For more info, visit momentofsilence.info


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1
wow!!
This is amazing! I heard a principal told me that he has this program and the kids are much more well behaved!
Kol hakovod!
(1/12/2012 5:19:00 PM)
2
date on the picture
wow! in the future! what a concept :)
(1/12/2012 8:30:46 PM)
3
Cant we get more
Cant we get more people involved in this. One person can not do this.
(1/12/2012 10:25:03 PM)
4
Chaim
Nice. Didnt know chabadniks are actually involved in these sorta things.
(1/13/2012 5:58:17 AM)
5
Beauitiful!
Inspiring to see what one person can do-I volunteered with him once to help spread the word and know that he has schools involved all around the country! Keep it up, amazing.
(1/14/2012 6:49:11 PM)
(1/14/2012 8:26:07 PM)
7
What To think
How about telling the children to think that THERE IS AN EYE THAT SEES[ AN EAR THAT HEARS AND EVERYTING IS WRITTEN AND RECORDRD. SO THINK BEFORE YOU DO SOMETHING
(1/14/2012 8:53:24 PM)
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