Wed 14 Aug 2019 at 10:30am - 12pm
Emanuel Gardens Community Room (Hosted by Ilona Lee)
118 Wallis St
Woollahra NSW 2025
Contact Liam Getreu ( 0413 374 401) for more information.
Hand in Hand is building integration and equality in Israel through a growing network of Jewish-Arab schools and communities. Thousands of Arab and Jewish students, teachers, and families come together every day in bilingual classrooms and integrated communities.
Join a multicultural discussion with Hand in Hand’s engagement director Noa Yammer and Shada Edress Mansour, community organiser and parent, for an introduction to Hand in Hand and insight into how they’re transforming fear and mistrust into friendship and cooperation, demonstrating to all of Israeli society that Arabs and Jews can live together.
A shining light in Israel’s education system, the Hand in Hand schools, bring together Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel in a dual-narrative, bilingual environment.
More than 1,800 students attend Hand in Hand schools, but their unique model means that it’s not just the students impacted by the program, but also the circles around them. Parents, friends and the wider communities in which the schools are embedded reduce the distress and fear of living in a conflict zone.
By embracing ‘the other’, there is greater trust and better relations between Jewish and Palestinian Israelis living in close proximity.
Whenever there are incendiary moments like the Nation-State Law’s passage, or skirmishes on the Gaza border, the Hand in Hand communities are equipped to work through them, know their classmates aren’t their enemy, and set a standard for a shared Israeli society.