News and Events

June 23rd, 2017 Dear Friends,  Today, I notified the two co-chairs of the Hand in Hand board of directors that I have decided to end my job as executive director of Hand in Hand. The reasons for this are both personal and organizational: On a personal level, it is my desire to lessen my work load, and to invest my time more on introspection and writing, and to work only on a part-time basis.

On Tuesday night, June 27th, 2017, the 12th grade graduating class stood at their graduation ceremony holding white balloons.                      

"Every year, between March and May, Jewish Israelis mark the National Days of Holocaust Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day, while Arab Citizens/Palestinians mark Land Day and Nakba Day. These days compel us at Hand in Hand to make space for both communities to express and recognize the sorrows and hopes of each side, creating a foundation of trust on which we can build a shared future. " -Shuli Dichter, Hand in Hand CEO

This past weekend 70 Hand in Hand early childhood educators and teachers participated in a special training seminar at the Umm el-Fahem Art gallery. Educators came from all over the country for a day filled with art exhibitions and creative workshops aimed at enriching their work in classrooms.

In March 2017, 12th grade art major students presented their final projects at the Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem. Below are photos of the exhibits on topics such as family, our future, and women’s rights. “Art is transformative - it gives my students a chance to go through an intellectual and personal process, and learn new ways to express what they think and feel.” - Efrat Meyer, Art teacher and 12th grade home-room teacher   

We have exciting news to share… Our very own Max Rayne Hand in Hand School for Bilingual Education has been awarded the Jerusalem Education Authority prize for the 2016-2017 school year! The commission summarized:

On February 16th-17th, 2017, Hand in Hand held it's third annual community activist retreat in Wahat al-Salam - Neve Shalom. 

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. 

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