Max Rayne Hand in Hand High School for Bilingual Education

Hand In Hand Programming


Need: Because Israel maintains two parallel educational systems, one in Hebrew and one in Arabic, most children rarely have the opportunity to meet their counterparts in other sectors of the population. The Max Rayne Hand in Hand School for Bilingual Education has uniquely enabled Jewish and Arab children to study together in grades K – 12 since 1998.

Response: The Max Rayne Hand in Hand School for Bilingual Educationseeks to facilitate sustained contact that will reduce stereotypes and forge common ground. Its unique approach attracts an increasing number of pupils. Programs for which we are seeking funding include:

  • Scholarships for disadvantaged students, to ensure that students can study at Hand in Hand, regardless of their socio-economic situation.
  • Living in Jerusalem Advanced Civics Matriculation Course. Developed in 2005 by the Jerusalem Foundation, it was the first time in Israel in which both students and teachers come from Jewish (religious and secular) and Arab streams. Open to students from throughout Jerusalem, the course teaches concepts of democracy, multiculturalism, accepting the 'other.' Students prepare in-depth research projects and learn how to run initiatives for social change.
  • Community Activities developing a concerted, coordinated effort, as part of a system wide program for the school community and community at large. Examples of projects include: Sports, Vegetable Garden, Arabic language, Chorus, Community days.
  • New High School Building, in order to relieve the high school from using spaces that were unacceptable conditions for academic study. The separate building will be constructed on the existing campus as a long-term solution.

Population Served: 680 Jewish and Arab children in grades K-12 and their families, with 200 people on the waiting list.

Impact: “[Being]part of the Hand in Hand community - a conscious choice of living together, with all the challenges and difficulties that come along...[The Max Rayne Hand in Hand School]is part of the alternatives we have to offer in order not to let fear overcome,” Gili, Hand in Hand parent.

Partners: The Israeli Ministry of Education; The Jerusalem Municipality

Website: https://www.handinhandk12.org/inform/schools/jerusalem