African-born, Los Angeles based, Leora Raikin is an international speaker
captivating audiences throughout the world. As founder of the David
Labkovski Project, educator, artist and author she co-developed a project
based multi disciplinary educational program to teach students about Jewish
life in Eastern Europe; before, during and after the Holocaust through the
art of Lithuanian-Israeli artist David Labkovski (1906-1991) that has been
successfully scaled and implemented in middle schools, high schools and
colleges in the United States, Lithuania and Mexico.
honored by the Los Angeles City Council, June 7, 2019 for her commitment to
educate and engage audiences with the art of David Labkovski that shares
lessons of life, survival, tolerance, acceptance and the importance of
bearing witness to Jewish history. For Holocaust Remembrace this year, Leora
and the David Labkovski Project were invited to share thier exhibit at the
state capital in Sacremntao and in September this year, the DLP exhibit-
Documenting History through Art will be at the LA City Council in the
Leora is passionate about using art as a tool to educate.
She lectures on a wide range of topics throughout the United States, where
she lives in Los Angeles: including the Diaspora Jews of South Africa, The
Life and Art of David Labkovski- Documenting History through art and Tribal
Arts through African Folklore Embroidery. Raikin also serves on the Council
for Judaic Arts and on the teaching faculty at American Jewish University
and Camp Ramah.
Leora was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa
and earned a Bachelor of Business Science undergraduate degree from
University of Cape Town and a Masters in Research from UCT, South Africa. On
graduating she served as Marketing Director for Broll Property Group and
then went on to found Strategic Property Research. While living in Los
Angeles, Leora served at Vice President of NATO (North American Testing
Organization- 1999-2004) and prior to that as Senior Research Consultant at
Robert Charles Lesser & Co.