News and Events

May 2014 Take a look at “On the Way to Peace”, the Hebrew-Arabic student newspaper in Wadi Ara. Students wrote short pieces on school events, including the school’s ten-year anniversary, the juggling club, and the results of the student council elections.

May 2014 These ten days – in which we mark Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Nakba Day – are particularly sensitive for those who truly live shared lives. Sadness and joy, shame and pain come together in Hand in Hand schools and the communities which surround them. For those who are truly devoted to this journey that we called shared living, it is difficult to avoid feeling that we are in a zero-sum game of emotions, in which the joy of one creates the sadness for the other.

March 24th, 2014 A celebration of color, sound, feeling and creativity, the identity exhibition in the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Bilingual school in Jerusalem was a great success. The exhibit is the culmination of months of learning in the 1st-9th grade classes and included expressions of many layers of identity: personal, familial, communal, religious, and national. Over the course of this project, students learned about their multiple identities, deepening their understanding about themselves and their surroundings.

March 28th, 2014 This year, for the first time, the Hand in Hand Jerusalem community partnered with Ibna Al Kuds, an Arab community center that serves residents of East Jerusalem. Together they marked International Women’s Day, supporting local Palestinian and Israeli women’s craft collectives and individual artists at a crafts fair hosted at the Max Rayne Jerusalem School.

March, 2014 The Hand in Hand Galilee School launched an accessibility project for its 6th grade last month. Students are learning and becoming active in raising awareness about accessibility for the disabled in school as well as in the larger Jewish and Arab communities in the Galilee.

April 1st, 2014 "But there are gaps in the wall, where a little light gets in."

March 24th, 2014 Both teachers and students won prizes in city-wide events this week. "This week proved once again how our school has become influential in the social and public spheres in Israel. The walls around our school are falling, and the movement is gaining momentum both inside and outside of our community. Wherever I go I am full of pride to be part of our school and community."

The Wadi Ara school, which opened its doors in September 2004, celebrated 10 years this week at the annual spring celebration.

 "In our practices from week to week I watch the students be transformed as they gain confidence and learn to support one another. They came to the competition with fire in their eyes and a drive to win. And they did.”   -          Aviva Naor, Sports Coach at Hand in Hand Jerusalem School As the only integrated Jewish-Arab team and one of the smallest schools in an all-city Jerusalem tournament, nine of our 5th- 8th grade students won individual medals!

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