White House hosts Hand in Hand at Hannuka Ceremony

"Inbar and Mouran and their fellow students teach us a critical lesson for this time in our history: the light of hope must outlast the fires of hate." - President Obama
Two students from the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School lit Hannuka candles together with President Barack Obama in the White House yesterday. Mouran Ibrahim and Inbar Shaked-Vardi, 9th grade students, along with parent and staff member Rebecca Bardach, met President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama before the ceremony and told them about their bilingual school in Jerusalem. The menora they lit was made especially for the White House by students at the school.

"We represent around 1200 students and 5000 adults - parents, teachers, and community members from around the country - that are committed to Jewish-Arab shared living in Israel," Mouran and Inbar said to President Obama.

"The request on the part of the White House was touching, and emphasized just how far-reaching the work of our schools has become," said Shuli Dichter, CEO of Hand in Hand. "In the course of our correspondence with our friends in Washington, they were happy that we are in the process of opening first grade classes in Jaffa and in Haifa." and added: "We are determined to continue building and expanding bilingual schools together with the Ministry of Education and the municipalities, and we refuse to allow the efforts of extremists to hinder our commitment to this work."


Inbar and Mouran at the White House with the menora before the ceremony.














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