GRADES: Daycare through 3rd grade



PRINCIPALS: Iris Giller-Klein and Hala Khoury



Although Haifa is proud of its reputation as a mixed city for Jews and Arabs, the educational system did not include any integrated frameworks. In order to bridge this gap, Hand in Hand began to work with local Jews and Arabs to develop a shared community in 2011. The community initiated a range of activities, including a daycare program, which started in fall 2012 with 12 Jewish and Arab children.
After 5 years of work, the Haifa community opened a new 1st grade class in 2016, launching integrated bilingual education in the city of Haifa! Hand in Hand's 1st grade class opened under the umbrella of an existing elementary school, the Kababir school. We operate in close cooperation with the principal, but with the autonomy to fully implement our bilingual integrated model. In just a few years, we look forward to having a full elementary school Grades 1 - 6, along with our existing preschool and kindergarten programs.
"After five years of work, this day feels like a dream come true. Now I know that my son Arz and a generation of children in Haifa will grow up knowing that there are no boundaries to what they can achieve together."
-Samia Naffar Abu Raya
Read more about how two mothers at the school, Samia and Lihi, felt about their sons studying together in this first Hand in Hand elementary school class in Haifa.











“As parents, we cannot lay the burden of creating a shared future on the shoulders of our children. We, the adults, must lead the way.”  

-Hand in Hand CEO Shuli Dichter

Hand in Hand’s adult communities are an essential way for us to expand our impact beyond the schools and create a broad-base for a shared civil society in Israel. Read more about our community approach here.

The Haifa community is made up of hundreds of Arab and Jewish adults who are committed to creating a shared society. They engage in activities that both build their friendships as well as dive into the conflict that underpins Jewish-Arab relations.

Some of these include:

  • Community hikes and tours
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Community dialogue
  • Local shared activism

What's new in Haifa?

Haifa Municipality Agrees to Fund Integrated Hand in Hand K-6 School! February 2018

Country-Wide Community Event on Mount Carmel! November 2017

First Day of School! September 2017

Haifa Kindergarteners Visit Science Museum May 2017

Haifa High School Students Visit in Honor of Good Deed Day April 2017

Haifa Teachers Visit Akko March 2017

Haifa Mayor Visits the School! March 2017

Hand in Hand's Third Annual Community Activist Retreat February 2017

Celeberating Tu Bishvat February 2017

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