Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel
The mission of Hand in Hand (HIH) is to create vibrant and inclusive shared society in Israel through a growing network of integrated bilingual schools and organized community activities bringing together Jewish and Arab citizens on a daily and sustained basis. In doing so HIH, with a growing number of Jewish and Arab citizens and government partners, is forging robust practices of mutual understanding and cooperative living between communities. HIH's work exemplifies a viable alternative to endless cycles of violence and conflict. At the community level, more than 9,000 parents and adults participate in our community building activities, creating a civic infrastructure for social inclusion and civic equality beyond the walls of the school. Activities include sports, cultural activities and excursions; adult education programs focused on learning each other's language, culture and traditions; inter-group dialogue and social action. As HIH becomes more well-known, and media amplifies this example out to the public at large, more than a dozen parents groups in other cities have turned to HIH requesting that we open a bilingual integrated school in their city. They see in HIH schools and communities a model enabling them to live and raise their children according to their hopes and aspirations for a life and society that will eventually emerge from conflict.