Hand in Hand Galilee Wins the National Education Prize
HIH Galilee is one of 12 schools awarded the Ministry of Education's 2022-2023 prize for excellence! In May, Hand in Hand Galilee received one of the most respected accolades in Israel’s education system: The National Education Prize from the Ministry of Education. Each year, the award is presented to just…Read more
Hand in Hand’s Second-Language Curriculum Nearly Complete!
The completion of our 3rd grade Arabic curriculum inspires compassion, respect and equality inside and outside the classroom. Shared language opens the door to connections, and promoting bilingualism is at the heart of our mission at Hand in Hand. We’re therefore delighted that teachers have begun rolling out our newly-complete,…Read more
Hand in Hand's 2023 Donor Mission — Transforming Crises into Opportunities for Growth
This past week, Hand in Hand hosted a delegation of our core donors and supporters. The mission trip began with a visit to the Knesset, where delegation members met Members of Knesset Gilad Kariv and Ayman Odeh, two members of the previous government who have long supported Hand in Hand's…Read more
Hand in Hand Alumni Interview Creators of Documentary "Two Kids a Day"
In this Mishmish episode, our team of alumni filmmakers interview David Wachsman and Mohammad Babaei, the creators of the movie "Two Kids a Day", which is about Israeli military policies of detaining Palestinian minors. https://youtu.be/REiyIyZVWXURead more
Hand in Hand Community Iftar Season is Upon Us — Arabs and Jews Celebrating Together
Every year, each of Hand in Hand's communities come together for our annual Iftar celebration — a traditional break-fast meal attended by our Arab and Jewish community members. This year, in the spirit of Ramadan, our community members raised money and packed food for those in need, decorated lanterns, participated…Read more
25 Years of Shared Values: Reflections from Hand in Hand's Students, Teachers, Principals, and More...
At Hand in Hand our values and mission are not just empty words or promises; they permeate every aspect of our work—from the education being provided in our schools, to the activities planned in our communities, and the way we operate as an organization. As we mark 25 years of…Read more
"Challenges and Dilemmas in Building an Equal Arab-Jewish Partnership:” Hand in Hand’s Annual Leadership Conference
Earlier this month, some 200 Hand in Hand community members came together for our annual Leadership Conference, titled "Challenges and Dilemmas in Building an Equal Arab-Jewish Partnership." During the 2-day conference, participants delved deeper into the issues we face every day, which are exacerbated by the difficulties of creating social…Read more
Webinar: Resilience and Solidarity in Times of Crisis - 8.3.23
Hand in Hand's latest webinar, which took place on March 8 2023, featured an enlightening discussion between three Hand in Hand leaders: Dani Elazar, CEO of Hand in Hand, Shada Mansour, Director of the Communities Department, and Efrat Meyer, Principal of the Max Rayne Jerusalem High School. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wQ1GYAUyVY The panelists…Read more
Hand in Hand Students React to "Madrassah" — New TV Series Set in an Arab-Jewish Bilingual School
A new 'Kan Kids' channel TV series by the name of "Madrassah" is making waves in Israel — and it takes place in a fictional Arab-Jewish bilingual high school. The series explores the unique and often entertaining complexities of attending an integrated school. But just how accurate is the series'…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
Meet the new Co-Chairs of Hand in Hand’s Board of Directors: Reem Younis and Eylon Penchas
Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel is delighted to announce the appointment of new Co-Chairs to our Board of Directors: Reem Younis and Eylon Penchas! Reem and Eylon replace outgoing Co-Chairs Jawad Boulus and Hagai Shmueli, who will continue to serve as members of the Hand in…Read more
Hand in Hand Marks 25-Years of Shared Jewish-Arab Education
Twenty-five years ago, our Co-Founders Lee Gordon and Amin Khalaf had a crazy idea. What if Jewish and Arab children could start learning together in Israel, starting from the earliest of ages? In recent years, shared society organizations such as Neve Shalom, Hagar, and Hand in Hand, have been steadily…Read more