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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July 2014 The Bridge over the Wadi School in Wadi Ara celebrates a decade together  A moment of joy, surrounded by sadness, with huge gratitude, happiness and hope. We are about the finish ten years in the Bridge over the Wadi school. The sixth grade students, the seventh graduating class, is on the stage, with excitement buzzing in the crowd of parents, families and teachers.
July 14th, 2014 By Rosanne and Ayed Eid, veteran parents in Jerusalem. The moment has come, high school graduation. The fourth class in the Hand in Hand bilingual school. I always thought that the words “bilingual education” do not aptly describe or reflect the reality in this school. While it is bilingual, it is also bi-cultural and represents both peoples, and much more.
July 28th, 2014 In the afternoon, three days before the end of Project Harmony, a group of young women sit in an improvised staff room in the Hand in Hand Max Rayne Jerusalem School. They are resting between activities, while the older campers are giving snacks to the younger kids. If you weren’t paying too much attention, Project Harmony seems like a regular day camp. Kids running around, bread and hummus for sandwiches, bags of snacks, and a big bowl of fruit.
Lee recalls Hand in Hand's stormy, improbable beginning.
The Siksik family does not know their grandmother, Aisa's exact age; and maybe it’s actually not that important. She was born in the last century next to the Hasan Beck Mosque, and grew up in the streets that are now lined with fancy boutiques in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood. Aisa’s life story is intertwined with the story of Jaffa – she is a beloved figure in the city, known for storytelling and bringing blessing and success to those around her.
REBECCA BARDACH, Hand in Hand director of resource development and strategy, delivered the following speech Nov. 10 at General Assembly 2013, the annual conference of Jewish Federations of the United States and Canada. The conference was held this year in Jerusalem and attended by more than 2,000 people. In her presentation, Rebecca shares the personal history and experiences motivating her work with Hand in Hand. 
Reflections on a summer spent working at Project Harmony day camp, by volunteer RENEE BARASCH

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