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Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education joins peace advocates throughout Israel and the world in expressing deep sadness for the untimely death of Ahmed Hijazi and his son Adam, who were killed in a car accident while vacationing in Africa. Ahmed, who lived and worked in the Jewish-Arab village of Neve Shalom, was a true peacemaker. We will miss him greatly.

A group of 52 Arab and Jewish students ages of 9  to 14 years explored the techniques and history of socially conscious street art at a week-long workshop led by ARTS by the People teaching artists Brad "Bisco" Smith and Gu

With funding from a U.S. government grant, Hand in Hand has embarked on an ambitious program to create three new Jewish-Arab "shared communities" with integrated schools as their focus.

Project Harmony Israel, an integrated Arab-Jewish summer camp held in partnership with Hand in Hand on the Jerusalem campus, wraps up another successful program on July 26.

Hand in Hand organized an intensive two-day seminar for 101 of its teachers and staff in July. The program, created by Hand in Hand Director of Education Dr. Inas Deeb, included 17 workshops facilitated by the teachers from our three schools.

“Hand in Hand taught me about tolerance,” says Dana Boulos, graduating class of 2011. “It taught me how to listen and how to accept every person as an individual. I learned to ignore stereotypes and to judge others only after getting to know them.”

Our son Motaz, one of this year's graduates of the Hand in Hand school, was born 18 years ago. At the age of 3, and without any deep thinking about the future, we sent him to a kindergarten at the Jerusalem YMCA. The kids who came to this kindergarten were Jews and Arabs/Muslims and Christians. In this situation, my wife and I, Arab Muslims, found ourselves buying for Motaz a Superman mask at the Purim feast, gifts and decorations for the Christmas tree, and sharing with our new Jewish and Christian friends our Muslim feasts.

Hand in Hand celebrated its second graduation of high school seniors on June 28, 2012.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a $1 million grant to Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel to be distributed over the next three years. The funding, which starts this spring, supports Executive Director Shuli Dichter's vision of building "shared communities" between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel.

Junior high students from Hand in Hand's Jerusalem campus took first place in a prestigious national science competition sponsored by the Ilan Ramon Foundation on Jan. 30. Over the course of four months, Hand in Hand students advanced through three rounds of quiz questions focusing on astronomy and space, including a project about finding and extracting water on the moon. Our students made their presentations in both Hebrew and Arabic, the only school to do so and a first for the competition. 

More than 250 Jewish and Arab students, family members and other friends from around Israel participated in the "Rally Against Racism" at Hand in Hand's Jerusalem school on Feb. 17. The rally was a show of support for the integrated, bilingual school, vandalized Feb. 7 with racist graffiti in an apparent "Price Tag" attack.

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