"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
"Ehna Jeena // احنا جينا // We Have Arrived" — Arabic Children's Song Produced By Hand in Hand
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAl4zyPBw78 We are proud to introduce the theme song of Hand in Hand’s upcoming album, which will include nine original Arabic children’s songs produced by our very own staff. All nine songs were co-written by poet Fadel Ali, and Hand in Hand’s pedagogic advisor and writer Mary Copti. Mohammad Kundos,…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
Join Hassan and Carolina for Their First Day of School
https://youtu.be/Z0BZ9uBLYYg Meet the families of Hassan, a 3-year-old from Kfar Qara, and Carolina, a 4-year-old from Pardes Hanna, as they prepare for their first day at the integrated, bilingual Wadi Ara preschool.Read more
New 'MishMish' Episode: Meet Jerusalem Hip-Hop Artist, Princess Lailah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WezRxRiIlhc Bassel and Noa, Hand in Hand graduates and co-hosts of the Hand in Hand alumni content channel 'MishMish,' interview Jerusalem-based hip hop artist, Princess Lailah. Princess Lailah is a Jerusalem native of Persian heritage, both of which play a central role in her music. Her unique sound incorporates elements…Read more
A Year in Review—Hand in Hand 2021-22 Year-End Update
This year has brought with it a great deal of challenges alongside opportunities for growth. We are proud to say we leveraged these opportunities, and found new ways of expanding our reach and impact. Highlights from 2021-22: Continued expansion of our network of 7 bilingual, integrated Jewish-Arab schools and communities,…Read more
A Message from Hand in Hand's CEO, Dani Elazar
Long before I came to Hand in Hand, this organization has been defying the limits of what was considered possible in the Israeli education system. Soon we will celebrate almost a quarter century of work, and I appreciate the long view that this milestone represents. In this time, we have…Read more
A Shared Language, A Shared Society: Advancing Bilingual Education in Israel’s Knesset
On Monday, June 6, Hand in Hand co-hosted a historic Knesset conference titled “A Shared Language, A Shared Society: Advancing Bilingual Education in Israel” on the importance of shared Jewish-Arab education, and its pivotal role in transforming Israeli society. The conference was sponsored by Members of Knesset Gilad Kariv…Read more
Say Hello to Hand in Hand's First Ever Student Community Graduates!
At the start of the 2021-22 school year, Hand in Hand launched its first ever shared Jewish-Arab university community—the Hand in Hand Student Community. The pilot program, which brought together twelve Jewish and Arab university students to live, learn, and volunteer together in Jerusalem, was designed to address a growing…Read more
A Decade of Shared Education in Haifa: History and Current Challenges
How it all began… 10 years ago, a group of determined Haifa parents decided enough was enough. They were tired of the separation between Jews and Arabs in their city. They wanted to raise their kids together, as equals, in a bilingual, multicultural setting. The Haifa school, like all…Read more
A Home for Peace in Jerusalem: Introducing Hand in Hand’s New High School Building
On Monday May 16th, we at Hand in Hand celebrated the official opening of the new Max Rayne Hand in Hand High School building together with the Jerusalem Foundation and our generous donors. While the new building has been fully operational since September 2021, many donors have not been able…Read more