Los Alamos-Japan Institute builds global storytelling bridges in partnership with scientists, social thinkers, atomic bomb survivors, artists, holocaust survivors, peacemakers, universities, national parks, museums, and communities to connect people across history and culture.
In 1948, the US became the first nation to recognize Israel minutes after its founding. Weeks later, in the White House Rose Garden, Israeli President Chaim Weizmann, presented Truman with a Torah. In 1951, David Ben Gurion gifted Truman with a menorah. In 1972, Israel issued a stamp in his honor. The Torah and Menorah are on exhibit at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.
75 years later LAJI celebrates Truman’s Israel legacy with an extraordinary travel experience. Join Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman’s eldest grandson, and LAJI Founder Dr. Judith Stauber, a global group facilitator who guided thousands of travelers to Israel for an adventure of a lifetime.
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• Experience Haifa • Jerusalem
Tel Aviv • Holy Sites • Masada
Western Wall • Dead Sea float • Walking tours • food markets • art • Conversations about peace with locals experts • Performance by Clifton Truman Daniel as his grandfather • Visit Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace
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Chair, Los Alamos-Japan Institute Global Advisory Group
My grandfather took sole responsibility for the atomic bombings of Japan, neither making excuses nor denying the devastation. In 1947, when criticized for placing a wreath at the tomb of six Mexican army cadets who had died fighting against the US 100 years earlier, he said: "They had courage and courage does not belong to any one nation. You honor courage wherever you find it." We rejoice in the lives saved in WWII and acknowledge and honor the suffering of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
An intercultural museum communication expert, Judith facilitates strategic global partnership with universities, museums, national parks, and government leaders. As Los Alamos History Museum Director (2011-2018) Judith expanded exhibitions to amplify women, Native American, Hispano, and Jewish refugee communities. She included Japanese perspectives for the first time in the museum’s history and negotiated historic proclamations to Hiroshima and Nagasaki she delivered for Los Alamos County. A global group facilitator, Judith has worked with organizations across the US, UK, Israel, and Japan, and guided dozens of tours to Cuba and Israel.
Los Alamos-Japan Institute was founded in 2018 to build inclusive storytelling bridges between people with shared histories in places of conscience around the world. LAJI creates collaborative programs to inspire acts of everyday diplomacy.
Listen to the Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell—an 8,000-pound bronze Kyoto bell designed to symbolize shared peace and friendship with Japan. The bell is part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, TN.
As I was raised in Hiroshima, Los Alamos instantly reminded me of the bombing of Hiroshima on August, 6, 1945. At first I hesitated to visit but the warm personality of Judith Stauber helped me make the decision to actually visit. I cannot forget the warm welcome by Dr. Stauber and the people of Los Alamos. To my surprise, the beautiful blue sky and clear air made me feel refreshed and even familiar. After seeing exhibits and talking with people in Los Alamos—I reaffirmed the tremendous impact of science on humanity and the importance of faithfully facing history.
Kenji Shiga, Former Director Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Paper Crane Foundation supports programming on reconciliation, disarmament and open, honest discussion of conflict. It is the sister organization to Japan’s Sadako Legacy, honoring Hiroshima survivor Sadako Sasaki, whose dying wish was for peace.