AT A GLANCE: MAX RAYNE HAND IN HAND JERUSALEM SCHOOL
NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 696
GRADES: Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade
LOCATION IN THE CITY: Between the neigbourhoods of Beit Tsafafa and Pat
FOUNDING DATE: 1998
PRINCIPALS: Nadia Kinanni and Arik Saporta
THE MAX RAYNE HAND IN HAND JERUSALEM SCHOOL
The Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School is Hand in Hand's first school, which opened in 1998 and is located in the bustling capital. The school has grown from 20 students housed in one temporary, makeshift classroom, into our largest school, with a high school that has graduated six classes of seniors.
The school's 696 students form a microcosm of Jerusalem's urban diversity, hailing from Jewish and Arab neighborhoods all over East and West Jerusalem. The student body is ethnically and religiously diverse — Arab Christian, Muslim, Armenian Christian, Druze, Mizrahi, Ashkenazi, and Ethiopian Jews, as well as a growing number of observant Jewish families.
The Jerusalem school is Hand in Hand’s only campus with students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The high school provides a unique and supportive environment as our students become teenagers and prepare for life as adults after school, with dialogue groups, expressive arts, volunteering, and extensive civic studies.
Like in all of our schools, elementary school classes are taught by co-teachers, one Jewish and one Arab, in which all students learn both Hebrew as well as Arabic. (Read more about our educational model).
THE JERUSALEM COMMUNITY
“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.
The Jerusalem school is our largest and oldest campus, and not coincidentally, forms the hub for Hand in Hand's largest and best-established shared community of Jewish and Arab adults.
The Jerusalem community runs programs year-round, such as:
- Men’s and women’s basketball teams
- Community garden Holiday events
- Dialogue for new parents
- Responding together to racism and violence in the city
What's new in Jerusalem?
Purim Party in Jerusalem School! March 2017
Hand in Hand's Third Annual Community Activist Retreat February 2017
Celeberating Tu Bishvat February 2017
Minister of Education Visits Jerusalem School January 2017
Middle Schoolers Visit Jerusalem Holy Sites January 2017
Alumni Event: Screening of the film "Junction 48" November 2016
Hand in Hand is grateful for the Jerusalem Foundation’s ongoing support of the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Bilingual School. This partnership provides a deeply rooted and sustainable framework where Jewish and Arab children engage on a daily basis in a bilingual and multicultural environment that educates for inclusiveness, equality and mutual respect.