Hand in Hand Board and Donor Mission to Israel 2017
In the end of October 2017, we were honored to host a group of dedicated American Friends of Hand in Hand Board Members and supporters from around the world for a three day mission to Israel. The group got an in-depth look at our bilingual education model in three of…Read more
First Day of School 2017
Hand in Hand started school in September with 1,756 Jewish and Arab students around the country. Yet this story of change goes beyond those students to the hundreds of thousands of Israelis who watched and read about our schools in almost every leading news outlet in Israel. Watch this feature…Read more
2017 Graduating class!
On Tuesday night, June 27th, 2017, the 12th grade graduating class stood at their graduation ceremony holding white balloons. Aya Cohen-Bar, one of the graduates, began the ceremony with this story: "I remember that in first grade, we each got a white balloon and we were asked to write our…Read more
A Message from Hand in Hand CEO Shuli Dichter
Dear Friends, Today, I notified the two co-chairs of the Hand in Hand board of directors that I have decided to end my job as executive director of Hand in Hand. The reasons for this are both personal and organizational: On a personal level, it is my desire to lessen…Read more
National Days at Hand in Hand: Days of Pain and Hope
"Every year, between March and May, Jewish Israelis mark the National Days of Holocaust Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day, while Arab Citizens/Palestinians mark Land Day and Nakba Day. These days compel us at Hand in Hand to make space for both communities to express and recognize the sorrows and…Read more
Educators Art Training Seminar April 2017
This past weekend 70 Hand in Hand early childhood educators and teachers participated in a special training seminar at the Umm el-Fahem Art gallery. Educators came from all over the country for a day filled with art exhibitions and creative workshops aimed at enriching their work in classrooms. During the…Read more
Hand in Hand 12th grade exhibit at the Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem!
In March 2017, 12th grade art major students presented their final projects at the Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem. Below are photos of the exhibits on topics such as family, our future, and women’s rights. “Art is transformative - it gives my students a chance to go through an intellectual…Read more
Jerusalem School Wins Municipal Education Prize
Our very own Max Rayne Hand in Hand School for Bilingual Education has been awarded the Jerusalem Education Authority prize for the 2016-2017 school year! The commission summarized: “This school is a model and example for all of Jerusalem's residents. Us, the adults, need to learn from the students how…Read more
Hand in Hand's Third Annual Community Activist Retreat
On February 16th-17th, 2017, Hand in Hand held it's third annual community activist retreat in Wahat al-Salam - Neve Shalom. Arab and Jewish active community members gathered from the six Hand in Hand communities all over the country to meet and learn from each other, and dive into issues of equality and…Read more
Alumni Spotlight: Fatima Yahia
In February 2017, Hand in Hand Alumni Fatima Yahia and Bar Itamari stood together in front of thousands at a gathering for Jewish-Arab cooperation and said: Bar and Fatima became friends in 1st grade when they started in Hand in Hand’s Wadi Ara School, Gesher al HaWadi, in 2004. After…Read more
Wadi Ara School Wins Education Prize!
We are very proud to share that Hand in Hand’s “Bridge over the Valley” School in Wadi Ara has been awarded the prestigious Education Prize for the Haifa region from the Ministry of Education! The prize was awarded for the school's successful efforts in a variety of areas including: Academic…Read more
Minister of Education visits Hand in Hand
The Minister of Education and State Comptroller lead a delegation of visitors to our Jerusalem school on January 17th, 2017. Minister Bennet and Comptroller Shapira were joined by the CEO of the Comptroller office, the CEO of the Ministry of Education, the Director of the Jerusalem Education Authority, school supervisors…Read more