"About 10 years ago, Dr. Daniel Lieber had a vision of creating an understanding of the State of Israel among high school students with little familiarity of the modern country. He is responsible for starting the program, initially self-financing it and seeing it bloom into an important community program." - Nominators Roz and Abner Goldstine
2014 Jewish American Heritage Month Local Heroes nominee
Daniel J. Lieber
- Currently Chairs The Holy Land Democracy Project (HLDP) which he conceived of and inaugurated in 2004 in cooperation with the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
- Initial purpose of the program was to provide Catholic high school students in Los Angeles an understanding of Israel as a Middle Eastern nation dedicated to a modern and democratic way of life.
- The HLDP teachers attend a weekend retreat, in preparation for an expense paid 10 day trip to Israel.
- After the tour of Israel, the teachers teach a 5-lesson course on The Many Faces of Israel.
- HLDP has expanded to include independent private, charter and public schools. Over its 10 year history, HLDP has reached over 29,000 students in over 60 high schools through 132 teachers and 10 administrators.".
- The students of The Many Faces of Israel course participate in an annual competition to showcase their increased understanding of Israel in which they are awarded prizes (Israel Bonds) for their essays, poems, artwork, and multimedia projects.