Graduate Retreat!

June 12th, 2015 

30 graduates from Jerusalem, Wadi Ara and the Galilee schools participated in Hand in Hand’s first ever Overnight Alumni Retreat on June 12-13 They had a chance to get to know one another, talk about their shared identities, challenges they face, and have fun together. We are extremely excited by this wonderful beginning.

This feels like family. I don’t know everybody here – but it feels like I’ve come home.

 - Tamar, Jerusalem graduate. 









Seeing familiar faces and meeting new graduates from the other schools was exciting and moving for everybody. But more than that, it was amazing to discover that the spirit of Hand in Hand is alive and kicking in these graduates that have entered the world: “We are separate people with different identities, but we are partners in our values and our path in life.”

Hear from a few of the graduates who attended: 

“I am interested in keeping the values I learned at Hand in Hand – that we should always give back to society. That is how we grew up, as leaders and active members of society - maybe even with a little “chutzpa”. I see how different the outside world is, and the power that comes with the identity that we've all built here.”

– Nardine, graduate from the Galilee.

“After we leave school. We don’t always have the opportunity to be together, Jews and Arabs. And it’s so important to do that – to speak, to listen, to be together."

– Mays, graduate from Jerusalem

We thank USAID for making our alumni retreat possible. We would also like to thank the Rayne Trust for its core funding that will enable us to establish an Alumni Program through which we will help our graduates transition from being students to citizens and provide a framework for them to give back to their school and their communities






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