First Day of School 2014!

September 5th, 2014

Hand in Hand's five bilingual schools opened this week with a record number of nearly 1,200 Jewish and Arab students!

Hand in Hand schools and communities show that we can live another reality.  We can approach the conflict in another way:

“What a child sees in school is what they take home with them. My child is not afraid of people who speak a different language or who look different…  This is my home.  It’s the place where I can be myself.  Really, for the first time in my life.”   (Orly, a mother at our Jaffa preschool)

The first day back was covered prominently by Ha'aretz, featuring the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Bilingual School in Jerusalem. 


A message from Shuli Dichter, Hand in Hand CEO:

Only a week ago we gathered in Nazareth, all of the teachers in our bilingual schools, and the main conversation we had was about equality in the presence of Hebrew and Arabic.  In bilingual education, we make sure to use both languages equally, because they represent who we are and what we do – building a shared educational and societal home.

We had a stormy and sad summer. This summer many buildings were destroyed, many people lost their lives, property and safety, and even their faith in humanity. Much more will be needed to rehabilitate and rebuild the ruins from this summer. Sometimes it seems like this year we had no summer vacation at all.

And yet, the preschools functioned normally, and the communities of parents and adults came together for discussions, dialogue and then went out to the public space with a shared, consistent statement – we want to live together and we refuse to be enemies. Without a doubt, they went out with energy that came from year-round studying and being part of our bilingual schools and communities.

Currently, this energy is returning to the walls of the schools, the classrooms, recesses in the hallways and in the schoolyard, and says to you – keep walking forward, continue on your shared path.

We are with you, principals and teachers, in the day to day effort to hold classes and schedules that are shared and bilingual, that are based on universal values, both different and shared; we are with you with your love and professionalism; we are with you, the boys and girls of Hand in Hand, with the magic that you create and hold every day in your curious eyes in classrooms. We are with you because you are the essence of all that we need today and you are the essence of tomorrow.

In the name of the board of directors and donors,

In the name of Hand in Hand senior staff,

Shuli Dichter, CEO





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