Integrated education for as many Israeli children as possible.
Hand in Hand's vision is to expand integrated education into every region of Israel, to make multicultural, bilingual education an option for as many children as possible.
Our organization works "vertically," by building each school from the preschool level up through elementary school — and, where possible, up through junior high and high school. We also work “horizontally,” by reaching out to wider audiences with community programs, establishment of new schools, and by widening our impact with non-school- based projects.
Specific goals for the next few years include opening schools in the large urban center of Tel Aviv and up to five other smaller communities. Prospective locations include Akko, a medium-sized, mixed Jewish-Arab city on the coast about 20 miles north of Haifa, and Ramle-Lod, twin towns with a mixed Jewish-Arab population in the center of the country. A unique opportunity also exists in Tivon, a small Jewish town near Haifa, adjacent to several Bedouin Arab communities. The town already has an integrated Waldorf preschool, and its leadership is interested in partnering with Hand in Hand to expand to more grade levels.
In addition, Hand in Hand hopes to create a program for its Jewish and Arab high school graduates to participate together in a year of community service. Such programs are common among Jewish youth organizations; we will expand this model to include Jewish-Arab partnership.
We will also create more opportunities for the parents of Hand in Hand graduates to stay connected through social activities and civic projects.
As always, Hand in Hand will continue to build unique curricula for teaching bilingually in Hebrew and Arabic, for civics and democracy, for interfaith learning, and for the teaching of Israeli and Middle Eastern history.