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Co-founder Lee Gordon responds to a disturbing Feb. 7 graffiti attack on the Jerusalem campus: 

Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza visited Hand in Hand's Wadi Ara school on Jan. 11, singing with the children and leading a discussion about peace. Broza, who penned the anthem "Yihye Tov" ("Things Will Get Better"), is known around the world for his eclectic musical styles and passionate voice for coexistence.

Three officials of the State of Israel responded to an invitation from Hand in Hand to visit its Jerusalem campus on Dec. 15. The school's 540 Jewish and Arab students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade were delighted to welcome Knesset Speaker Reuven (Rubi) Rivlin, Education Minister Gideon Saar and Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi. 

Hand in Hand Executive Director Shuli Director will co-faciliate a conference about Jewish-Arab relations on Jan. 22 at American University in Washington, D.C. "Strengthening Israel's Democracy: Arab Citizens of Israel" is the second annual community education day of the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues, convened by the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation. 

"Bridges," a musical performance starring Hand in Hand students alongside Norwegian and Swedish students, will debut Thursday, Dec. 8, in Jerusalem. In creation since 2009, "Bridges" is an international collaboration between Hand and Hand's Jerusalem school and a handful of schools and colleges in Norway and Sweden. Students will travel to one another's countries for performances of the play, which blends dance, poems and music in a multicultural showcase. 

Hand in Hand's Galilee school held a memorial last week to celebrate the life of the late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, assassinated on Nov. 4, 1995. 

Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel started its 2011-2012 school year with a new principal leading the Jerusalem high school. Welcome to the team, Arik Saporta.  At 43, Arik has already experienced and accomplished much. Born and raised in Jerusalem, he spent a year of community service after high school with the Scouts Youth Movement in Beit Shean, before serving three years in the intelligence branch of the Israeli Defense Forces.

Two students from Hand in Hand's Jerusalem high school will visit the United States in late October and early November as ambassadors of bilingual, integrated education. Haneen Kinani, a Muslim Arab in 12th grade (left), and Yael Keinan, Jewish and in 11th grade (right), will tour San Antonio, Austin, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

Excerpted letter from Executive Director Shuli Dichter to Hand in Hand’s high school students at the start of the 2011 academic year Although this is a bilingual school, I will make my remarks primarily in Hebrew, since that is my mother tongue and because Hebrew is understood by everyone here. You don't know me yet, and I don't know you personally yet either. I hope that this year we will be able to meet.

The first graduates of Hand in Hand's bilingual, integrated school system received their high school diplomas at a festive ceremony on June 29, 2011.   The 14 students were the first to complete 12 years of formal education at the high school in Jerusalem. They were part of a school body of 530 students. 

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