Michele Klein was born in London, UK, grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, gained a B.Sc in Psychology from University College London, a Certificate of Education from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from London University’s London Hospital Medical College. Volunteering has been part of her life since her teenage years and includes her help for the elderly, children with special needs, and new immigrants in Israel from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia. Before coming to live in Israel in 1977, she worked as a psychologist for Meldreth Manor School, run by Britain’s Spastic Society. In Israel, she has devoted herself to her family, volunteered on school PTAs, and since 2003 has been an active Board member of Wing of Love, a nonprofit organization that strives to rehabilitate young offenders.
She has authored three books, including the National Jewish Book Award prize winner A Time to be Born: Customs and Folklore of Jewish Birth (JPS, 1998, 2000). She served as guest curator for two exhibitions based on this book: an online exhibition, a joint production for the Judah L. Magnes Museum at Berkeley, California, and Tel Aviv Beth Hatefutsoth Museum, and a temporary exhibition with real art and artifacts at The Jewish Museum London. Over the years, she has published some thirty features about childbirth and midwifery, addressing psychological and social issues. Another book, Not to Worry: Jewish Wisdom and Folklore (JPS, 2003) draws on her knowledge of both psychology and Judaism.
Since her own children left home, she has acted as a midwife to the Wing of Love boys, helping them to leave the dark world they have come from, to start a new life, gain work and social skills, and make the right choices that will enable them to become upright citizens.
Young offenders are becoming good citizens through caring for exotic birds at the Wing of Love Wildlife Sanctuary. As each bird is different and needs to be cared for in different ways, so too the young offenders require individual care, understanding and patience. The Wildlife Park allows the young offenders to flourish and become productive members of society. At the same time, the exotic birds are cared for and brought back to full health because of the dedication, patience and care by the young offenders.More...
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