Winning in Jerusalem

March 24th, 2014

Both teachers and students won prizes in city-wide events this week.

"This week proved once again how our school has become influential in the social and public spheres in Israel. The walls around our school are falling, and the movement is gaining momentum both inside and outside of our community. Wherever I go I am full of pride to be part of our school and community."

-Paz Cohen, Parent at the Jerusalem school and President of the Jerusalem Municipal Parents Association.

This week the city of Jerusalem is feeling the impact of Hand in Hand’s integrated education as both teachers and students were awarded municipal prizes in city-wide events.

Out of all of the educators in Jerusalem, two Hand in Hand teachers, Widad Naoum and Dafna Garfunkel were chosen to be honored with an award by the Jerusalem Education Authority in a city-wide ceremony on Monday. The award was for their outstanding performance in communal and values education. 

Dafna and Widad, teachers and administrators in the middle and high school have been working together to develop a discourse and activities around values education which fosters communal engagement, accountability and leadership among their students.


That same night, our 9th grade science class, the only integrated Jewish-Arab class in the competition, won first place in a city-wide science fair – for the third year in a row! This award brings them to the country-wide competition, which they also have won in the last two years.

The 6th grade students also received an honorable mention for their project.

The 9th grade team developed a metal detector technology that can distinguish between different types of metals. "The judges were blown away", said Johar Mahmad, the science teacher who led both groups, "this is an academic level project that could be used in developing new medical technologies."

The impact of our bilingual schools is continuously being felt in our school walls, and beyond.


"I feel immense pride that our school's achievements in academics and values education are influencing our surroundings. The sky is the limit.”

- Nadia Kinnani, Hand in Hand Jerusalem lower school principal.


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