OUR STORIES

Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel is far more than desks, books and classrooms. It is a movement that has impacted communities all around the world. Here are our stories.

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November 8th, 2015  Richard Lakin dedicated his life to teaching and spreading the message of cooperation and shared living as a an educator and civil rights activist. He was also a much beloved tutor to many Hand in Hand students. He was tragically murdered in a terrorist attack on a bus in Jerusalem in October, 2015. He was part of the broader Hand in Hand community along with his wife Karen, and used his teaching and social media as platforms to share his dedication to making change. 
"Tonight I am starting to internalize that I am not alone in this fight for a better life..."  Moataz Arshid, and Hand in Hand Jerusalem graduate spoke to rally of hundreds of Jews and Arabs in Haifa on November 1st, 2015.  Here is what he said: 
"We came to say 'put out the fire'..."
"Tonight, I want to talk about the fear..." On October 18th, 2015, 1500 Jews and Arabs gathered in central Jerusalem to stand up for peace and shared living. Two parents at Hand in Hand delivered speeches.  Gili Rei, a Jewish parent at Hand in Hand and the co-chair of our parent's committee, and Morad Muna, a parent at Hand in Hand. 
October 25th, 2015 Amidst growing violence and tension between Jews and Arabs, parents in Haifa gathered in the preschool one evening to talk. Reut, a Jewish mother in the school, reflects:  A suffocating, painful cloud has surrounded me these past few weeks – I felt like I could cry at any moment, and that anger might burst through. I came to the preschool with this feeling yesterday.
August 1st, 2015 Project Harmony English language summer camp just finished its sixth summer at the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School. Jewish and Arab campers spent four weeks getting to know each other, creating art, theater, and music - and just having fun. Every summer, Project Harmony opens itself up not only to Hand in hand students, but to students from schools around the city as well.
Inbar Shaked Vardi and Mouran Ibrahim, two 9th grade students lit a menorah made by Hand in Hand students with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the second day of Hannukkah in Washington DC. Take a look at  how we got there:

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