MembersArab and Jewish Twins Separated at Birth

An iconic Israeli school and its Palestinian twin – both built by Sephardic Jewish generosity

By David Shishkoff | | Topics: Coexistence
Photo: Public domain

One day in 1st grade my son got off the “Kadoorie” school bus and surprised us by walking into our house with an adorable young Bedouin classmate named Jimmie. Jimmie had barely begun to learn Hebrew and got on the wrong school bus. Jimmie’s mother soon came to pick him up. She worked in Israel’s police/defense sector. She was sending her son to learn in a Hebrew-speaking elementary school as opposed to the Arabic-speaking school most of his Bedouin neighbors attended.

A few years later I watched my son perform in a Circassian ceremonial sword dance in the nearby Muslim Circassian village of Kfar Kama. My 16-year-old son had volunteered to perform in the dance when the Circassians asked for Jewish students from the Kadoorie School to take part.

It turns out the Kadoorie School is a prime Israeli example of multi-cultural coexistence. This remarkable school is located at the base of Mount Tabor, just east of Nazareth around 8 km or 5 miles from...

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