Friday, June 30, 2006


One of the things William Shatner enjoys most, other than acting, is riding his horses. He finally got to ride one of his horses on screen in his last Star Trek movie (Generations), and he owns a large ranch. In this passion, plus his generous nature wanting to help others, Mr Shatner and his wife went to Israel to establish a program there. We get the story from the William Shatner official blog:

Lizabeth and I went to Israel to begin a therapeutic riding program for the children of Israel, Jordan, and Palestine as well Israeli Arabs, Bedouins, and Druze children.

It is our hope that we can raise sufficient funds through Jewish National Fund (JNF), to benefit some of the existing riding academies with the understanding that the funds will go to programs that fit very carefully laid out standards. Among these standards is the need to bring in children of many nations that exist in that part of the world, therefore contributing to bring peace to this troubled area. To get involved or make a donation, please contact Sherri Morr at JNF. She can be reached at 415-677-9600 or

And you thought he was just a hammy actor! Commenters at the site responded:
As someone who is a Jew as well as an avid Star Trek fan, I am so delighted and thankful that Mr. Shantner and his wife made this trip to Israel. His was of trying to bring together peoples from different countries is a wonderful effort. I hope it will succeed. It is not about politics. Its is about being a humanitarian and helping out the children of that area of the world. In Star Trek - Undiscivered Country and Star Trek Next Generation - episodes of Unification - we saw Ambassador Spock trying to bring the Federation together with the Klingons and the Romulan Empires. Some have called that "cowboy diplomacy". Spock needed to take into consideration of the needs of the many outweihign the needs of the few or one. So too, Mr. Shatner and wife have gone ahead and risked their lives to help out. We need to stop playing politics in that area of the world. We need to stop relying on people for our energy needs who are barely in the modern world. Our greed and interference with the cultures of the Middle East have made a very precarious situation even worse. Its seems we havent learned from the Starfleet Prime Directive of non interference with cultures which have not matured to wisdom. We have a lot to learn to.
I would like to bring to the attention of Mr. Shatner and Lizabeth about a Star Trek - Scifi fan club in Israel called Starbase 972. They have been around since the last 1990s. They have hundreds of members, an annual convention, as well as a web site. Their web site address is
-by jertrek

Hi Bill-I think this is an admirable thing you are doing trying to help the children of these cultures!!!-I live near the border of Arkansas and Oklahoma-I saw on local news an "Ahead with Horses"Chapter is starting in our area!!~-It is to benefit disabled children and to help them to ride horses to enable them to help their conditions!!!-Good job!!-I hope the effort becomes worldwide!!!-smilies!!!~!
-by prettypatti55

This is a wonderful initiative and I hope that it will work, with all my heart.
The world needs men and women of peace and generosity. I wish you all the best in your endeavour to bring the different peoples of the Middle East a bit closer together for the sake of their children.
-by Claudia

What a wonderful initiative, I hope and pray it fulfils all your hopes for it and that it succeeds in bringing people together in that troubled region.
Please keep us updated on its progress!
-by greenchick
Say... didn't Kirk run into a green chick at some point? More on Ahead with Horses here.
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Anonymous said...

Horse riding is a wonderful method for teaching kids about responsibility and respect. Try to ride a horse without the assistance of those two qualities and you will soon be in for a rude awakening.

Kudos to Mr. Shatner.

michele said...

As I read that I couldn't help thinking about Shatner's wife, I thought she was dead.

Christopher R Taylor said...

William Shatner has been married several times. Shatner married his fourth wife, Indiana native Elizabeth Martin, on February 13, 2001. Shatner's third wife, Nerine Kidd, drowned in a swimming pool accident in August of 1999.

Edward Ott said...

Shatner does a lot of charity work.
everyone i know who has met him says he is a great guy.