Sun 11 Aug 2019 at 4:15pm
7 Ocean St
Woollahra NSW 2025
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.
Join 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 for a Tisha B'av event at Emanuel Synagogue.
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.