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For Israeli high school students, the national matriculation exams are all-important. The results can determine their futures: their place in the universities and the army, their job prospects — are all shaped by their matriculation scores. Starting in the 10th grade, the exams increase in frequency and difficulty. 

Shakira, center, surrounded by Hand in Hand students and staffInternational pop star Shakira delighted the children at Hand in Hand with a visit to the Jerusalem school on June 21, 2011.

Tzipi Livni, influential member of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and former foreign minister, visited Hand in Hand's Bridge Over the Wadi School in Kfar Kara on May 13, 2011. She spent time with the school's principal, Dr. Hasan Agbarieh (depicted at left), and with teachers and students. 

Shalom "Shuli" Dichter made his first visit to the States and Canada as Hand in Hand's new executive director from May 16 to June 3. Dr. Thabet Abu-Ras, co-chair of Hand in Hand's board of directors in Israel and a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University, traveled with him.

Two students from Hand in Hand's Jerusalem school traveled to Sweden for a week in May 2011 as the guests of Härnösand High School, located about 190 miles north of Stockholm. 

Yael (left) and SiwarTwo students from Hand in Hand's Jerusalem high school toured the West Coast of the United States in November 2010.

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