Donate to Hand in Hand today
"Hand in Hand is building inclusion and equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel through a growing network of bilingual, integrated schools and communities. Launched in 1997 with 50 children, there are now over 2,000 students enrolled in six Hand in Hand schools from Jerusalem to the Galilee. Hand in Hand was established to combat one of Israel’s greatest existential threats: the growing social alienation and lack of trust between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. We believe that education is key in changing this.
Hand in Hand schools are public schools, recognized and overseen by the Israeli Ministry of Education, and open to all parts of the Arab and Jewish populations in Israel. This government funding is supplemented by philanthropy and parents’ fees, which enable our specialized bilingual, multicultural curriculum and community activities.
We are trailblazers in the field of shared education and living, fostering a new generation of Arabs and Jews equipped to live side by side, as partners and peers. The curricula in Hand in Hand’s schools are based on values that reflect both cultures and languages, oriented in multiculturalism and shared and equal citizenship. In our bilingual educational model, Hebrew and Arabic have equal status, as do both cultures and national narratives."
Other ways to Help Israel right now
Magen David Adom
Magen David Adom's network of 33,000 paramedics and first responders have been working around the clock to save lives, performing dangerous and heroic work in southern Israel and across the country. Your support can enable them to deploy more ambulances and replenish critical supplies.
International Committee of the Red Cross
The Red Cross is working tirelessly to provide lifesaving medical care on both sides of the Gaza border. The Red Cross network covers both the Magen David Adom ambulance network in Israel and the Palestine Red Crescent Society ambulance network, with staff working round the clock to treat casualties and provide urgent humanitarian assistance.
Soroka Medical Center
Located in Be’er Sheva, Soroka Medical Center is the only major hospital in the Negev region. Over the last several days, the hospital has already treated over 700 patients, at least 130 of whom are in critical condition. Donations can be made through American Friends of Soroka Medical Center.
Dror Israel is an education-focused non-profit striving for a just, equal and democratic Israel. With schools closing, reservists being called up and thousands of children traumatized, Dror Israel is working to support evacuees, assist with day care for children of hospital workers and other essential staff and provide support to children and families impacted by the attacks.
United Hatzalah of Israel is the largest fully volunteer Emergency Medical Service organization. It stands out for its fast response times, often providing vital care before an ambulance arrives. The group has launched an emergency appeal for desperately needed supplies and equipment as they continue to respond to provide support in southern Israel.
Jewish Federations of America
Jewish Federations are responding, working with our core partners to support victims of terror, help rebuild damaged infrastructure, and address the unprecedent levels of trauma caused by this horrific attack.
We need your help.
Congregation Lev Shalom (Hebrew for “heart of peace”) needs a rabbi, and Thea is our
Congregation Lev Shalom (formally Heichal Baoranim) is thrilled that “one of ours” is taking on this role and agreed to cover the cost of her formal education. All funds donated through the link below will allow Thea to get the education necessary to become a rabbi, and allow a small congregation to have the leader we need.
Please help Congregation Lev Shalom cover the cost of the final step of Thea’s Rabbinical education to allow her to become ordained and ensure open, loving, egalitarian Judaism can continue in Flagstaff, AZ.
All donations are tax-deductible.
Jen Ruben, Esq.
President of Congregation Lev Shalom.
A WELCOMING AND EGALITARIAN COMMUNITY
Congregation Lev Shalom is a friendly and warm Jewish congregation in the heart of Flagstaff, Arizona providing religious services, Jewish education, and a welcoming community for both children and adults. It is our belief and hope that all people, everywhere, regardless of who they are and what they believe should enjoy the same rights, privileges, and freedoms.
We are an egalitarian congregation that is aligned with the Union for Reform Judaism, and are
open to all who wish to join our community. We work for social and environmental justice for all.
It is our hope that through dynamic engagement, innovation and continuous assessment, the joy of Jewish education becomes compassionately embedded in the fabric of each child’s life. As we imbue our students with enhanced Jewish knowledge and skills and as they grow in courage and confidence, the next generation of Jewish community leaders will emerge.
Whether you are a familiar face in our congregation, or are worshiping with us for the first time, our goal as a community is to create a warm and welcoming environment as well as a place where we foster a loving sense of connection to our tradition. The siddur (prayer book) used at Congregation Lev Shalom is Mishkan T’filah. All prayers include transliteration so those who do not read Hebrew can join in our prayers.