Celebrating the Olive Harvest
From Jerusalem to the Galilee, Hand in Hand students are learning about the olive harvest together; its history, significance, and traditions. Kids learned how to pick, preserve, and prepare the olives together. In Jerusalem, all the third graders shared a big feast. And in the Galilee, families made a delicious…Read more
First Day of School 2019!
We are full of excitement and joy as we start the school year across the country, with almost 2,000 Arab and Jewish students in Jerusalem, the Galilee, Wadi Ara, Haifa, Jaffa, and Kfar Saba! It's amazing and inspiring to watch our Hand in Hand community grow, and our young students…Read more
We are Excellent!
We are excellent! (according to the Ministry of Education) Our very own Max Rayne Hand in Hand School just received the announcement that the school was included in the Ministry of Education's list of outstanding schools in Jerusalem. The honors were given based on measures of quality and improvement in…Read more
The Guardian: Jewish and Arab students learn to cross divides at Jerusalem school
This article in the Guardian from July 2019 highlighted two students, Rivka and Quds. They just finished 7th grade at Hand in Hand and they are good friends, even though they are from different sides of the city. READ THE FULL ARTICLE “A lot of times people told me: I’m…Read more
Haaretz: Challenging the balance of power between Jews and Arabs (Hebrew)
In July 2019, Ayelet Roth, Hand in Hand's Director of School Network, wrote a piece for Haaretz about how at Hand in Hand schools, students not only become friends, but also learn how to create equality. This challenges the power relations outside of the school, where one group is more…Read more
Newest Hand in Hand Community Launch: Nof Hagalil (Nazareth Illit)
If you haven't heard, Hand in Hand is opening our SEVENTH community – this time in Nof Hagalil (formerly Nazareth Illit). Nof Hagalil is a small and growing city in Israel's North, with about one-third Arab residents. The municipality has yet to build a single school for Arab families, who…Read more
Thank you Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
We are thrilled to announce that United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be donating proceeds from an award she recently received to Hand in Hand. The Gilel Storch Award is given by the Judisk kultur i Sverige (Jewish Culture in Sweden) to persons whose work has promoted…Read more
"To the Horizon" New School Anthem in Jerusalem!
Hand in Hand students in the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School wrote and preformed a new school anthem, about what it's like to learn together as Jews and Arabs in their city. Enjoy! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCRghkA37uQ[/embed]Read more
Yediot Ahronot: Interview with Jalil Akram Schwartz, a Palestinian-German donor of Hand in Hand
Jalil Schwartz is a Palestinian refugee living in Germany who has been a very important donor to Hand in Hand. How he did it? By selling Majadra, a popular lentil dish. We are very grateful to Jalil and his support, and are happy that his story was shared with more…Read more
Bilingual Memories: a short film by parent Zohar Shachar about Hand in Hand
Zohar Shachar, a parent at the Hand in Hand Wadi Ara school, created this three-minute film about a very special event that takes place at school every year, where second graders sleep at school, and wake up early to watch the sunrise together. It is magical: [embed]https://www.facebook.com/USEmbassyJlm/videos/363617294359762/?__xts__=68.ARDKoldO4FYGTRkF8GR6-EULFIpY_JCRg1Om7Qg8A3FMvVXZPezv3yNEROUcx0BNptEv9ftJK61pfp_-XA8oAGRqL7WwOD6fkmPbXW76cSpW8QJ37aV96EbGEam-sFsO7v7oFBWU259ucgdHujY2rE8pMimdQcsyJgf_BH8yLSnYCgP3pwtzfmAl9NYdTviLRt8YR_dvzjdpLnok9clYWDlgfYsObSsGmiraxC_72N731m79mfaz95YzsmymfRygzf-HqdS8pha7N_tU4VC8rQKKxVPNgiWELXqnRWkjfjS2ytq6iVlOUVHZiCD8GJZH0AGjBSDDCG3MLgpimkebbzAccvM&__tn__=H-R[/embed]Read more
In Memoriam: Pierre Schneider (1937–2018)
The Hand in Hand community shares the sorrow of the Schneider family in Luxembourg on the passing of Pierre Schneider. We are deeply grateful to the Schneider family who decided to honor the memory of Pierre by asking his friends and colleagues to donate to Hand in Hand. In a…Read more