Hand In Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel (American Friends)

aka American Friends of Hand In Hand   |   Portland, OR   |  www.handinhandk12.org

Mission

Winner of the 2021 Global Pluralism Award, Hand in Hand’s mission is to advance equality and a society shared by all citizens of Israel. We pursue this mission through: (1) Operating the only growing network of bilingual, integrated and multicultural schools in Israel where Jewish and Arab students study together daily and interact in an environment of equality and mutual respect. (2) Engaging Jewish and Arab adults in communities surrounding each of our schools through shared activities which cement interpersonal relationships, enable productive dialogue, encourage civic engagement and feelings of solidarity. (3) Influencing decision-makers at local and national levels of government to offer inclusive activities and mainstream bilingualism and multicultural public education.

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Ruling year info

1999

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Mr. Lee Gordon

Main address

P.O. Box 80102

Portland, OR 97280 USA

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EIN

93-1269590

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

99% of Jewish and Arab children learn in separate schools. This institutionalized separation of Jewish and Arab students throughout Israel's education system continues to exacerbate ethnic friction. Our organization advances shared society daily, even during crises like the inter-ethnic violence in Israel in May 2021. As the only organization providing a network of values-based, bilingual, and integrated schools in Israel, Hand in Hand addresses the urgent and visible need, as well as desire for, shared society education —working towards a sustainable, viable, and equitable society for all.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hand in Hand Schools

Hand in Hand operates 7 schools with over 2,000 Jewish and Arab students. Our schools are located in Jerusalem, the Galilee, Wadi Ara, Haifa, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Kfar Saba, Kafr Qasim-Rosh Ha'ayin. These are public schools that receive government support. Hand in Hand adds funding from our generous donors to provide a bilingual and multicultural education. From preschool, our students from Jewish and Arab families study together in both Hebrew and Arabic, learning one another's language, history and heritage. Our Jewish-Arab co-teaching teams use innovative approaches that build students’ identities while fostering respect for one another. Equality, empathy, responsibility, and respect are the pillars of a Hand in Hand multicultural education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Alumni Program supports our graduates in being civically active, advancing social change, modeling equality in their daily lives, and advocating for integration in a divided society.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Community-building is at the heart of Hand in Hand’s model. In a society in which Arab and Jewish families rarely engage with one another, we bring them together for peer-to-peer activities that nurture connection, friendship, dialogue and solidarity.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

In Israel, the conflict permeates daily life. For Jewish and Arab students and family members to come together in a shared enterprise, they need to be able to freely communicate with one another, and learn to express their thoughts and feelings, however complex and difficult that may be.
The Madrassah program provides a framework for shared learning, utilizing historical, academic, and cultural texts and multimedia content, to open and equip participants to engage in substantive Jewish-Arab dialogue. The program's framing as a joint study initiative creates a receptive space to hearing and processing new information, information which often challenges preconceived perceptions about the other's culture and narrative. The ultimate goal of the program is to inspire cross-cultural learning and discourse among HIH staff, parents, and community members, generating a sense of shared responsibility and accountability that inspires community engagement.

Population(s) Served

At the national and regional levels, HIH models the benefits and importance of bilingual, multicultural, values-based education, and supports other schools who are working to adopt and implement our model, by teaching other educators how to do so. Over the years, HIH has developed curricula in a variety of core subjects filling a vacuum that the Ministry of Education (MOE) curricula did not meet. Our curricula - crafted by leading experts in the field - teach students to speak each other’s language, to appreciate each other’s cultures and traditions, and to respect one another despite differences. They expose students to multiple viewpoints and encourage critical thinking, as well as open and honest dialogue concerning complicated issues that arise daily in Israeli society.

The Educational Resource Center serves Hand in Hand staff as well as Arab and Jewish educators around Israel with an array of shared living materials.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students
Young adults
Students
Teachers

Where we work

Awards

Global Pluralism Award 2021

Global Centre for Pluralism

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Young adults

Related Program

Hand in Hand Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Beyond the walls of our many classrooms, Hand in Hand engages thousands of Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel (parents and community members) in coming together for shared community programs. By participating in joint events, such as holiday celebrations, sporting competitions, field trips, language classes, and dialogue workshops, the adults create bonds of friendship and solidarity, and a powerful sense of togetherness.

Our model is built on a three-pronged approach of schools, communities and public sector partnership - integrating a multi-dimensional framework that enables large-scale, sustainable change. Our approach fosters an interdependent network of engagement across all ages: children, youth, and adults, and at all levels of society, from grassroots to local and national government. With each new student, school, community, and partner we send out ripples of change that forge a more equitable and shared society for Arabs and Jews across Israel.

These strategies and activities are possible thanks to our generous donors from Israel and around the world.

Hand In Hand’s partners include:

• Israel’s Ministry of Education
• Various municipalities and their Departments of Education
• Philanthropic partners
• Grassroots coalitions and NGOs
• Educators
• Academic researchers

Hand in Hand works closely with the Ministry of Education—which accredits our schools and provides public funding—and with municipalities and their education departments. For instance, Hand in Hand’s schools in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and Kfar Saba are all housed in municipally-owned buildings. Grassroots coalition-building helps us create new communities of influence, as do our partnerships with academic researchers from colleges and universities across Israel.

Hand in Hand’s work is recognized internationally as well as in Israel. Hand in Hand is the recipient of a US government grant through USAID that helps promote civil society partnerships between Jews and Arabs.

On the international level, Hand in Hand won the Global Pluralism Award; at the Israeli national level, Hand in Hand has won local and regional distinctions and awards for excellence in our educational model and pedagogy created by our dedicated staff.

Hand in Hand aspires to have a wider impact far beyond the individuals, schools and communities in our network.
Following are some examples of systemic impact:

Shared Society on the National Agenda:
Following the eruption of violence in May 2021, Hand in Hand’s CEO, Dani Elazar, was invited to make two presentations in the Knesset on the power of integrated education as a vehicle for instilling shared society values among the next generation. He also spoke of the need to offer families in many more cities the alternative of sending their children to an integrated Jewish-Arab school. Government officials have committed to promoting legislation that will advance integrated Jewish-Arab schools as a governmentally institutionalized option.

Partnering with the Ministry of Education to Mainstream Shared Society:
Hand in Hand is providing the Ministry of Education with our unique Shared Holidays Curriculum, which the Ministry will be making available to teachers across the country. The Ministry has decided to approve this innovative curriculum as a first step to fill the vacuum of teaching materials advancing multiculturalism in the public school system. Through this new public endorsement, this educational curriculum can eventually reach students nation-wide.

Multicultural Program in Preschools:
In Jaffa and Nof Hagalil municipalities, many Arab children are enrolled in Hebrew-stream preschools. Education officials recognized the critical need to offer these children a culturally relevant education, as well as the value of providing both them and their Jewish classmates with more inclusive programming. Hand in Hand developed a teacher training workshop and accompanying curricula that is currently being implemented in fifteen preschools.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To share research and evaluation findings regarding shared society programs with other stakeholders, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We face challenges of cultural sensitivity in gathering feedback and data in the context of our work,

Financials

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Hand In Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel (American Friends)

Board of directors
as of 5/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stuart L. Brown

Paula Blumenfeld

Dr Emile Bendit, MD

Julie Bram

Dan Ciporin

Warren Eisenberg

Martha Freedman

Seth Jaffe

Dr Drew Pardoll, MD PhD

Greg Rothman

Cindy Shulak-Rome

Jay Steinfeld

Organizational demographics

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