Hand in Hand Delegation to Sweden in May

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. 

Meodi Ben Horin, 8th grade, and Adan Kanane, 9th grade, spoke to several classes and to more than 500 students at the annual Vårkalaset Festival organized by the school. The ambassadors' goal was to spread the message about Hand in Hand's efforts to create an integrated, bilingual community.

Four Swedish students and two of the teachers had visited Hand in Hand's Jerusalem school in April. They bonded with their hosts, especially Meodi and Adan, and so invited them to their home country. 

Meodi and Adan were escorted to Sweden by Ira Kerem, Hand in Hand director of donor relations. The delegation met with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, offering ideas for how the Swedish government might partner with Hand in Hand to promote Jewish-Arab co-existence.

The girls also visited the Härnösand Rotary Club, explaining why their parents had decided to send them to Hand in Hand and what they had gained from their extraodinary education there. The students greatly impressed the audience with their dedication to the principles of mutual understanding and respect.

During a brief stop in Stockholm, the delegation made presentations to the Jewish High School, to an open meeting of interested individuals at the Jewish Center, and to Izzy Young, a founder of the group Jews for Israel Palestinian Peace.

Hand in Hand seeks to create relationships of understanding and support in many European countries.  Efforts to strengthen connections to Norway, Germany, and Italy are currently underway.

Adan Kanane is 14 years old and entering the 10th grade at Hand in Hand's Jerusalem school. She has participated in Jewish-Arab co-education since preschool and says she thoroughly enjoys the experience. She is an excellent science student and recently won first prize for Jerusalem in the Science Olympics. Adan will compete in the national competition when she returns from Sweden.  She has been playing basketball with “Peace Players” for the last two years, and she loves to draw.

 

Meodi Ben Horin is 13 years old and entering the 9th grade, also at the Jerusalem school.  She has been at the school since kindergarten. She speaks Arabic, Hebrew and English, and has both Jewish and Palestinian friends. She has always loved animals, enough to become a vegetarian at age 9.  She has performed in the Jerusalem Circus and studies modern dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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