Some b'nai mitzvah wish to share their pledge of support to Hand in Hand with family and friends. Below is a letter that was included with an invitation.
Dear Family and Friends,
As part of my bar mitzvah celebration, I have undertaken a special tzedakah project to benefit the students at the Hand in Hand Schools in Israel. These very special schools are bringing together Israeli-Arab and Jewish students, their families and entire communities. My family and I plan to visit a Hand in Hand School in December and will donate a soccer ball, representing my personal passion, as well as make a financial contribution.
Through its growing network of bilingual and integrated public schools for Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel, Hand in Hand is educating the next generation to create a more democratic, secure, and peaceful future. Its award-winning schools focus on academic excellence, and its pioneering curriculum fosters mutual understanding as well as pride in one’s heritage. The impact of the schools in Israel has been enormous, partly because there are few other successful examples of Jewish and Arab families building a bilingual and culturally balanced community.
Even during the highest levels of tension between Arab and Jewish populations in Israel, the Hand in Hand students gather on a daily basis, learn in both Hebrew and Arabic, make friends and build common ground. Hand in Hand offers not just hope for the future, but a present reality in which Jewish and Arab children study, play and work together.
When the Hand in Hand students, parents, and teachers work with one another to deal with their differences, we show people in Israel and beyond a picture of what is still possible for the country as a whole. This hopeful project is important to me because I am confident that these students will be the future leaders of Israel.
I hope that you will join me by making a charitable contribution to my tzedakah project by sending a check to Hand in Hand, P.O.B. 80102, Portland, OR 97280. Or you can donate by credit card through the Hand in Hand website: http://www.handinhandk12.org. Please specify on the memo line of your check, or on the designation box on the website, that this donation is for “Jordan’s Bar Mitzvah."
Thank you for helping to celebrate my becoming a bar mitzvah.