Please join us for a very special Shabbat Across America dinner and service on March 3 as we welcome Lee Gordon, co-founder of Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel.
Dinner – 6:00 pm
Lee Gordon – 7:00 pm
Shabbat Service – 8:00 pm
Hand in Hand is an Israeli non-profit organization that has created a network of integrated public schools serving Arab and Jewish children. Hand in Hand’s mission is to create a strong and inclusive shared society in Israel through a network of integrated bilingual schools and active communities for Arabs and Jews. Starting with only 50 children in 1998, Hand in Hand now operates 6 schools with over 1,550 Jewish and Arab students. More than 6,000 parents and other adults, Jews and Arabs alike, currently participate in integrated community activities organized by Hand in Hand. Over the next ten years, Hand in Hand aims to create a network of up to 10-15 integrated bilingual schools, supported and enhanced by active communities, altogether involving more than 20,000 Israeli citizens. Hand in Hand believes that the actual living experience of its students, teachers, parents and others who participate in its schools and communities can inspire broad support for social inclusion and civic equality in Israel.
Lee lived for 20 years in Israel, where he received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Hebrew University and graduated from the prestigious Mandel Institute’s School for Educational Leadership. His years of involvement in the peace movement in Israel, as well as Jewish-Arab and Israeli-Palestinian dialogue work, propelled him to establish Hand in Hand, and in 1999 to create American Friends of Hand in Hand, a non-profit American organization supporting the organization’s work in Israel, of which Lee serves as executive director.
Lee now lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and children and is a active member of Congregation Havurah Shalom.
Shabbat Across America and Canada (SAA/C) is a nationwide effort coordinated by the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP) to share the beauty of Shabbat with marginally affiliated and unaffiliated Jews. Learn more about Shabbat Across America and Canada.