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Extending His Hand During his visit in the holy land, the pope is expected to stop by one very special school. Extract from an article published in Ma’ariv (one of Israel's 3 largest daily newspapers). By Yossi Bar, Rome, Italy February 25, 2014  

Hand in Hand's Rebecca Bardach and Jerusalem School graduate Siwar Eid together with co-founder Lee Gordon, are being warmly welcomed in Houston, San Antonio and Austin.  They are telling the Hand in Hand story at multiple events between February 28th- March 5th, 2014 including at Congregation Beth Yeshurun(Houston), Camp Cho Yeh (Livingston), St. Andrew's Church, St. Thomas Church in Houston as well as a number of private events.   Hand in Hand thanks Texans for their warm hospitality!  

Come hear the Hand in Hand story first hand at Shabbat services in Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, New York on March 7th. Hand in Hand's Rebecca Bardach and Jerusalem School graduate Siwar Eid will be speaking to the congregation and any guests who would like to join. We thank Rabbi Andy Bachman for his hospitality!  

Areen Nashef and Yaeli Keinan, two students from Hand in Hand's Jerusalem high school, will visit the U.S. this September. Young Professionals for Hand in Hand is hosting the students, along with Executive Director Shuli Dichter and Cofounder Lee Gordon, at a public event on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel held its first national shared communities conference July 18 in the Wadi Ara region of Israel. It was attended by 650 people from around the country.

Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel will host a national conference for all of its shared Jewish-Arab communities on July 18, 2013.  Active and growing joint communities of Jewish and Arab adults have been organized in Jerusalem, Galilee, Wadi Ara, Haifa and Tel Aviv. Members of these communities, adults and children alike, are invited to the conference, which is intended to become an annual event. 

Dr. Inas Deeb, Hand in Hand's director of educational programs, has been awarded the newly created Matanel Prize for Education.

Hand in Hand Executive Director Shuli Dichter toured the United States and Canada this March, meeting with donors and representing Hand in Hand at several major conferences. His 2.5-week itinerary included Toronto; New York; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Chicago; and Los Angeles.

Spanish writer Antonio Munoz Molina, 2013 winner of the prestigious Jerusalem Prize for literature, has donated his $10,000 award to Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education.

As is widely known, Israel boasts a well-developed and competitive professional basketball league. Less known is the fact that non-professional leagues are also quite popular. A group of 15 men from Hand in Hand's Jerusalem community formed a team and began to play in a workplace league in October 2012.

On Jan. 21, sixth graders from Hand in Hand's Jerusalem school were verbally attacked, spit on and hit while riding a city bus. The attack was racist in nature.  Hand in Hand has been working with students, parents and the government to address the assault, writing letters to city officials and posting flyers. Incidents like this only increase Hand in Hand's commitment to coexistence and peaceful dialogue. 

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