Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern Visits Jerusalem’s Hand in Hand School

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern Visits Jerusalem’S Hand In Hand School


Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, who was in Israel for Holocaust Day, visited the Max Rayne School for Bilingual Education.  A flagship project of the Jerusalem Foundation, Chancellor Kern and his 31-member delegation were impressed by the largest Jewish-Arab school in Israel, and the only school worldwide that educates children from kindergarten to 12th grade in both Hebrew and Arabic. The campus was built by the Jerusalem Foundation in 2008 and due to the rapid expansion of the school and the waiting list of students wishing to attend, the campus lacks space and the Foundation is planning a new high school building.


After a tour of the school’s inspiring campus, the Chancellor and his delegation visited with students and teachers in the Liechtenstein Library, which was partially funded by the Austrian government.  Students and teachers, Arabs and Jews, talked to the delegation of about their daily life, their experiences learning together and how their life’s journey is based on understanding the other.


The Foundation has a longstanding connection the Austria. The Foundation was established by the legendary Mayor Teddy Kollek who was raised in Vienna Austria. Teddy was instrumental in establishing the Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem and the Foundation maintains a strong relationship with Austria.