Alumni Spotlight: Adan Kinani - Studying for change

Adan graduated from the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School in 2014 and is now in her first year of a communications degree at Hebrew University. She wants to be a journalist in order to bring a more objective voice to the media. 

“During the war in Gaza two years ago, we were all glued to the TV, and I saw how the different stations portrayed two totally different stories, even when they were talking about the same thing. I would sit and watch and just get so annoyed and frustrated. I felt powerless. But then I said to myself– ‘one second, maybe I could change that.’ That’s when I decided I want to study communications and become a journalist - so that I can show what actually happens, not just one side of the story. As I began studying, I realized that I don’t have to wait until then in order to start to do something – I’ve brought the Hand in Hand spirit of seeing many sides, or listening and expressing myself to all of the people around me in my life.”












Above - Adan (Center) with fellow alumni Emily Deeb (Left) and Amal Mattar (Right) working on the Humans of Hand in Hand project. 

Last year, Adan took part in creating “Humans of Hand in Hand,” along with fellow alumni Emily Deeb and Amal Mattar, where they photographed and interviewed parents, teachers, and students from the Hand in Hand school, and created profiles in the style of Humans of New York.

“The people at the school are really different from one another, not just because they are Jews and Arabs, but because they are individuals with hopes and pasts and they each hold so much. The Humans of Hand in Hand project let me discover a new world. It’s the first time I really entered the lives of the people that surrounded me for 12 years. I guess I had just never thought to ask.”




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