News and Events

The Minister of Education and State Comptroller lead a delegation of visitors to our Jerusalem school on January 17th, 2017. Minister Bennet and Comptroller Shapira were joined by the CEO of the Comptroller office, the CEO of the Ministry of Education, the Director of the Jerusalem Education Authority, school supervisors and Jerusalem Education Authority representatives.

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We are very proud to share that Hand in Hand’s “Bridge over the Valley” School in Wadi Ara has been awarded the prestigious Education Prize for the Haifa region from the Ministry of Education! The prize was awarded for the school's successful efforts in a variety of areas including:

November 11th, 2016 Today, all six Hand in Hand communities celebrated our growing country-wide community. Over 900 Jews and Arabs from the Galilee, Jerusalem, Wadi Ara, Jaffa, Haifa, and Beit Berl gathered in Sakhnin for the annual Olive Festival. Families ate together, pickled olives, created musical instruments and other crafts, and danced to a live band together. 

October 27th, 2016 The Jewish and Arab alumni of Hand in Hand continue to meet even after they graduate. The graduates from Kfar Kara, Jerusalem and the Galilee came together for a special screening of the recently released movie "Junction 48," a film about the complex lives and identities of Arab citizens of Israel.

We were delighted to host Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, wife of the Canadian Governor General in our Haifa Preschool on Thursday! The children were so excited to invite Her Excellency into their classroom and share with her what they wanted to be when they grew up, sing a song (in Hebrew, Arabic, and English of course) and hear about Canada. Afterwards the adults sat together to talk about the process building an inclusive and diverse community.

October 30th, 2016 This past weekend over 200 teachers came from all six of our schools around the country for our Countrywide Education Conference in Haifa! The major focus of this year's conference was placed based education (PBE). We applied the methodology of PBE by going on tours of Haifa. Each tour had a different focus: politics, history, class, community and environment. The goal was for teachers to reflect on their own classrooms and how to integrate these themes into their pedagogical work.

An Israeli news report highlighted Hand in Hand’s bilingual integrated model as a critical means to address the Israeli education system’s failure to promote coexistence and address racism:

September 1st, 2016  Today we opened the school year for 1550 Arab and Jewish children in our six schools around the country, with new classes in every one of our schools! 

Carlos Santana embraced Hand in Hand at his show in Tel Aviv on July 30th, 2016, meeting with key staff and donating a portion of the concert proceeds to Hand in Hand through his Milagro Foundation.  Hand in Hand CEO Shuli, parents & staff members present Carlos Santana with a token of appreciation for this long-time support of Hand in Hand.

July 20th, 2016 Hand in Hand CEO Shuli Dichter and Education Director Dr. Inas Deeb were invited to speak in front of 4000 people at the American Federation of Teachers’ national conference in July where a resolution was passed in support of Hand in Hand. “The cooperation between Hand in Hand and AFT is a profound expression of solidarity between people who are mobilizing for the sake of the next generation.”   - Hand in Hand CEO Shuli Dichter

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