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"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. 

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. 

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