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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letter from parent CARMEL RON, upon the opening of the Kfar Kara school, October 2004. Making Peace, Not Just Talking About It. I am the mother of three boys. The oldest, Alon, is in first grade at Hand in Hand's Bridge Over the Wadi school in Kfar Kara. Each morning when I send him to school, I am so thankful to Hand in Hand and all the people who took part in setting it up. I have no doubt that my choice to send Alon to this school was the right one.
By DALIA PERETZ, principal at the Jerusalem school from 2001 to 2010.
Hand in Hand cofounder AMIN KHALAF was profiled in the book Hand in Hand: Jewish and Arab Families in Israel. I Started Asking, 'Why? What Happened Here?' Between the little villages of Sandala and Muqaybli, there is a roundabout. To the left is a camp with a few border patrol guards, a monitoring tower, gates, barbed wire, and bulldozers that break stone.
Interview with 8th-grader AREEN NASHEF, by Yale University intern ZOE LIBERMAN.  It Is an Experiment, But It is Working. At the Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem, Arab and Jewish students are taught together and learn about one another’s language, culture and traditions. The students understand how important it is for places like their school, which allow the two communities to interact and build relationships, to exist.
ELIZABETH BREIT, a senior at Yale University, volunteered for a month in the English department at Hand in Hand's Jerusalem school in 2009.
By JULIE I. BRAM, Hand in Hand board member. Arab and Jewish Children Aren't Actually in the Same Classroom — Are They? A beacon of hope is shining in the Middle East, and I was fortunate to make the long journey from Los Angeles to the Arab village of Kfar Kara in Israel to witness it. There, against all odds, operates one of four Hand in Hand schools that exists to educate Israeli Arab and Jewish children together.
ETAI GARFUNKLE, an 8th grader at the time of this story, is now a high school student.
 Meeting Ground. A tall Jewish boy with light skin and hair, Etai Garfunkle likes computers and hiking. He’s in 8th grade at Hand in Hand’s Galilee school.

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