Teaching Arabs, Jews together - teaching peace

-A A +A
By Kelly LeVan

The Galilee school is so close to the explosions that the walls shake. But Hand in Hand’s students – half Jewish and half Arabic – keep going to class because they and their parents believe in the message the school teaches, mainly that Jews and Arabs can and already do live together in peace.

Lee Gordon, who co-founded Hand in Hand with Amin Khalaf, will speak twice in the coming week – once at 7 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and again at 4:30 p.m. the following day at a peace gathering at Ashley Pond organized by students at Los Alamos High School.

Although it started small, Hand in Hand now has more than 800 students and operates four schools, including one in Jerusalem, despite strong racial tensions throughout Israel. Each school is run by an Arab and a Jewish principal, and class is taught by an Arab and a Jewish teacher. Students attending Hand in Hand, from age 3 through their teens, learn in both Hebrew and Arabic.

In an interview with the Monitor, Gordon said teachers encourage students to explore their own and each other’s cultural heritage – the idea is not to pretend Arabs and Jews are the same, but rather to learn they can be different and still compatible.

If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:

Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday