Hand in Hand - Melbourne - Public Event - New Israel Fund Australia

Hand in Hand Schools: A New Future for Jews and Arabs in Israel

Sun 18 Aug 2019 at 7pm - 8:30pm

Glen Eira Theatrette (Town Hall)
Corner Glen Eira & Hawthorn Rd
Caulfield VIC 3162

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Contact Sharon Berger ( 0438262120) for more information.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Shada Mansour has to return to Israel this (Sunday) afternoon. We've recorded special videos with her so we can still share her unique story with you.

One of the projects NIF Australia has invested in over the past two years is Hand in Hand, Israel’s network of dual-narrative, bilingual and bicultural communities.

While most kids attend schools according to their religious or cultural identity – Ultra-Orthodox schools, secular Jewish schools, modern Orthodox schools or Arab schools – the Hand in Hand schools bring together Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel who don’t just learn about democracy and shared society, they actually live it.

More than 1,800 students attend Hand in Hand schools across the country. This unique model shapes not only the students who participate, but also the circles of family, friends and neighbours around them.

For the communities in which the schools are embedded, the distress and fear of living in a conflict zone are reduced. Understanding, respect and trust are learned.

We’ll be joined by Shada Edress Mansour, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, community organiser and mother at Hand in Hand’s Kfar Saba school, and Jewish-Israeli Noa Yammer, Hand in Hand’s international engagement coordinator.

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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.