Hand in Hand's board of directors in Israel is made up of Jewish and Arab volunteers from the education and business sectors.

Jawad Boulos, Co-Chair (Kafr Yasif) Lawyer.

Dr. Shimshon Zelniker, Co-Chair (Ramat Hasharon) Professor of political science, University of Chicago; former president, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

Sister Carmen Farrugia (Jerusalem) Expert in high school education and inter-religious peace-building, Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Sion.

Yeshayahu Koren (Zichron Yaacov) Writer. 

Judge Oni Habash (Abu Gosh)

Khadija Taha (Jaljulia) Educator.

Dr. Shafiq Massalha (Jerusalem) Professor, psychologist. 

Dr. Khawala Saadi (Jerusalem)

Dani Bar Giora (Jerusalem) Director, Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Benjamin Oron (Jerusalem) Former Israel ambassador to Portugal and Argentina.

George Samaan (Jerusalem) Attorney at law; former board chairman of the J.I.Y.M.C.A, and board member of the Jerusalem Foundation, Jerusalem Academy of Music, and many other NGOs.


The American Friends of Hand in Hand, a separate nonprofit organization supporting Hand in Hand's schools in Israel, maintains its own board of directors based in the States.

Stuart L. Brown, Chair (Washington, DC) Trustee, Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation; retired tax attorney; board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Read Stuart's special message to supporters.

Rabbi Andy Bachman (New York, NY) Rabbi Andy Bachman is the Director of Jewish Content and Community Ritual at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Formerly the senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn (where membership doubled during his tenure), Rabbi Bachman is nationally known for his commitment to Jewish values and social justice.

Emile Bendit (Baltimore, MD) Psychiatrist with expertise in conflict resolution, clinical faculty, Johns Hopkins University; president-elect, board of Jewish Family Services of Baltimore; past president, board of the Park School in Baltimore; board member, WYPR, local NPR station.

Paula Blumenfeld (Harrison, NY) Artist, activist; member of the New York UJA-Federation Committee on Arab Israelis and the UJA women's philanthropy group, Neshamot; involved with Seeds of Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and more. 

Julie I. Bram (Los Angeles, CA) Julie is the founding partner and past co-chair of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, which invests in the Jewish future by funding new and innovative programs. Julie's passion lies in using education and communication to affect positive change in the world. She also currently serves on several local and national boards for a wide variety of causes.

Warren Eisenberg (New York, New Jersey) Founder and co-chairman, Bed Bath & Beyond. Trustee, “I Have A Dream” Metro of New York and New Jersey,  "I Have A Dream" National Board, Sy Syms School of Business and others.

Martha Kaplan Freedman (Houston, TX) info coming soon 

Seth Jaffe  (San Francisco, CA) General counsel, Levi Strauss & Co.

Greg Rothman  (Chicago, IL) info coming soon

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