Financial Times: "Putting out the Middle East fires, a teaspoon at a time"
Written by Simon Schama // Published in the Financial Times on November 10, 2023. History’s default setting is tragic: the plague in Athens; slave ships; Passchendaele; the Gulag; Hiroshima. But while the norm is carnage and suffering, it would be equally unhistorical to let the darkness entirely eclipse small points…Read more
The Guardian: "Integrated Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem wins award for overcoming adversity"
Written by Sally Weale // Published in the Guardian on November 4, 2023. A school in Jerusalem where students from Jewish and Arab backgrounds learn alongside one another has been awarded an international education prize for its success in “overcoming adversity”. The Max Rayne Hand in Hand school, founded in…Read more
Jewish Journal: "Hand in Hand: Fostering Jewish-Arab Unity in Israel Through Education"
Written by Kylie Ora Lobell // Published in the Jewish Journal on February 16, 2023. "Twenty-five years ago, an American Jew named Lee Gordon and a Palestinian citizen of Israel named Amin Khalaf came up with an idea. Though it seemed crazy, they thought it might work to foster peace…Read more
Watch Nas Daily: "This School is Fixing Hate"
Palestinian-Israeli internet sensation and vlogger 'Nas Daily' recently visited Hand in Hand's Max Rayne Jerusalem school, and spent the day interviewing and filming our students, teachers, and staff. The result is this wonderful video which tells the story of Hand in Hand's unlikely inception, the many obstacles it has faced,…Read more
"Innovative Education Must Be Culturally-Sensitive" — Hand in Hand Principal Mohammad Kundos on DemocraTV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDqFu8PzPYE Principal of the Kfar Saba school, Mohammad Kundos, spoke with Lucy Aharish and MK Ali Salalha on Israeli channel DemocraTV. Mohammad spoke of the pressures placed on an indigeneous minority such as Arab-Palestinians in Israel to succeed under challenging circumstances, wherein their culture and language are not properly represented…Read more
"Preschool Teachers Yasmeen and Noga Run a Jewish-Arab Preschool that Celebrates Coexistence"
(Written by Fauzi Abu Toama, published in hadera.mynet.co.il on 9.1.22) Noga Shitrit and Yasmeen Abu-Ful run an integrated Jewish-Arab preschool within the Hand in Hand “Bridge over the Wadi” school. “Students here are taught to treat one another equally, and with tolerance and respect,” they say. Noga Shitrit, a resident…Read more
“The Bilingual Haifa School — Living Out a Vision of Coexistence"
(Written by Michal Gruber, published on Haipo.co.il, 7.31.22) Over the past 11 years, the Hand in Hand Haifa community has been living out a vision of true coexistence. Haifa is often considered a prime example of coexistence, but is there a real connection between the Muslim, Christian and Jewish residents…Read more
Mohamad Kundos, Principal of the Hand in Hand Kfar Saba School, Interviewed on Kan11 Channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtA3E8dmMNQ Principal of the Hand in Hand Kfar Saba School, Mohamad Kundos, appeared on the Kan11 program “Culture Agent” to discuss some of the differences between Arab and Jewish public schools, and how Hand in Hand schools deal with conflict by leaning into tension, and never shying away from uncomfortable conversations…Read more
Hand in Hand CEO Dani Elazar Presents at Paris Peace Forum
Hand in Hand is delighted to have been invited to share our expertise at the recent Paris Peace Forum, with many thanks as well to the Global Centre for Pluralism. Our CEO Dani Elazar presented in a panel about civic engagement with leading organizations from all over the world. He…Read more
NBC News: How integrated Jewish-Arab schools in Israel are building trust and understanding
NBC News spotlights Hand in Hand and the importance of integrated, bilingual education in Israel.Read more
CEO Dani Elazar Speaks at the Knesset
Last week, Dani Elazar, Hand in Hand CEO presented in the Knesset. He made a case for shared education, and it was heard. Gilad Kariv, a Knesset member from the labor party, said: "This is not a shot in the dark. We are committed to fixing the public education law…Read more
Op-Ed published in Haaretz in Hebrew (translated)
We will keep building a shared society, brick by brick Zohar Michalgrov Kindgartens were closed on Tuesday. Maayan went for a playdate at Anir’s house, her friend from the Rosh Ha’ayin/Kafr Qasim bilingual kindergarten. This was her first time at his house and it took place while thugs and bigots…Read more