Circles of Empowerment : From the Shores of the Mediterranean to the New World
In Circles of Empowerment Nina Weiner shares the joys and challenges of building a nonprofit organization, the International Sephardic Educational Foundation, and the inspiring life journey which led her to that purpose. She skillfully intertwines episodes from her private life, and the many extraordinary journeys she took as a result of her husband's career in international finance. The exotic places she visits, the celebrities, the vibrant people, even the wildlife she meets along the way are described with humor and perception. Yet throughout, her passion for her work - improving the lives of Israel's underserved youth through education - remain the central core of her book.
- Paperback | 286 pages
- 140 x 216 x 15mm | 331g
- 02 Sep 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Nina Avidar Weiner
Nina Avidar Weiner was born and grew up in a multicultural home in Alexandria Egypt. Her family moved to Israel in 1949. She became an educator and psychologist, studying in Geneva with renowned Professor Jean Piaget. Back in Israel she worked as a psychologist under Professor Reuven Feuerstein. Later, she got her Master's degree from Teacher's College, Columbia University in New York City. She met and married American lawyer Walter H. Weiner, and the couple settled in Manhattan. Weiner worked as a psychologist for underserved youth, and came to believe that the best way to improve people's lives was through a better education. In the 1970s she spent three years as an alternate representative to the United Nations for WIZO, a non-governmental organization helping women and children internationally. In 1977, with the full backing of world-renowned banker Edmond J. Safra, she co-founded the International Sephardic Education Foundation, ISEF, which grants college scholarships to deserving students in Israel's underserved communities. Mrs. Weiner continues to head ISEF today, 38 years after its creation.