GRADES: Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade

LOCATION: Jerusalem

LOCATION IN THE CITY: Between the neigbourhoods of Beit Tsafafa and Pat


PRINCIPALS: Rana Alshaer and Arik Saporta 



The Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School is Hand in Hand's first school, which opened in 1998 and is located in the bustling capital. The school has grown from 20 students housed in one temporary, makeshift classroom, into our largest school, with a high school that has graduated six classes of seniors.

The school's 696 students form a microcosm of Jerusalem's urban diversity, hailing from Jewish and Arab neighborhoods all over East and West Jerusalem. The student body is ethnically and religiously diverse — Arab Christian, Muslim, Armenian Christian, Druze, Mizrahi, Ashkenazi, and Ethiopian Jews, as well as a growing number of observant Jewish families.

The Jerusalem school is Hand in Hand’s only campus with students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The high school provides a unique and supportive environment as our students become teenagers and prepare for life as adults after school, with dialogue groups, expressive arts, volunteering, and extensive civic studies.

Like in all of our schools, elementary school classes are taught by co-teachers, one Jewish and one Arab, in which all students learn both Hebrew as well as Arabic. (Read more about our educational model).


“As parents, we cannot lay the burden of creating a shared future on the shoulders of our children. We, the adults, must lead the way.”  

-Hand in Hand CEO Shuli Dichter

Hand in Hand’s adult communities are an essential way for us to expand our impact beyond the schools and create a broad-base for a shared civil society in Israel. 

The Jerusalem school is our largest and oldest campus, and not coincidentally, forms the hub for Hand in Hand's largest and best-established shared community of Jewish and Arab adults.

The Jerusalem community runs programs year-round, such as:

  • Men’s and women’s basketball teams
  • Community garden Holiday events
  • Dialogue for new parents
  • Responding together to racism and violence in the city

What's new in Jerusalem?

Memorial Day at the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School April 2018

Tenth Graders Plan Events for International Women's Day March 2018

Ninth Graders Win Second Place at Countrywide Space and Astronomy Research Competition! March 2018

School Alumni Plan Special Activity for Sixth Graders March 2018

Students, Parents, Community Members Fix Up Kindergarten School Yard Together February 2018

Student Council makes Special Surprise for Teachers February 2018

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women November 2017

Country-Wide Community Event on Mount Carmel! November 2017

International Jewish-Arab Race November 2017

First Day of School! September 2017

Citywide Teachers Conference Hosted by Hand in Hand May 2017

Second Annual Hand in Hand Olympcs April 2017

Hand in Hand 12th grade exhibit at the Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem! March 2017

Students Participate in Israeli National Cyber and Mathematics Competition March 2017

Meet Some of our Inspiring Alumni: Tamar Borman and Adan Kinani

Hand in Hand is grateful for the Jerusalem Foundation’s ongoing support of the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Bilingual School. This partnership provides a deeply rooted and sustainable framework where Jewish and Arab children engage on a daily basis in a bilingual and multicultural environment that educates for inclusiveness, equality and mutual respect.

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