Hand in Hand co-founder Lee Gordon to speak in Ithaca on Sept. 22-23

The Ithaca Area United Jewish Community, in cooperation with Congregation Tikkun v’Or, will host Lee Gordon for a presentation on Sunday, September 22, at 7 pm, at Tikkun v’Or, 2550 Triphammer Rd., Lansing. The event is free and open to the public.
The following day, Monday, September 23, Gordon will speak to students at Lehman Alternative Community School in the morning, and then make another public appearance, hosted by Ithaca College Hillel, at noon. The Ithaca College presentation is open to the public and will be in the Taughannock Falls Room, Ithaca College Campus Center, 201 Egbert Hall. 
Gordon is co-founder of Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel, an Israeli non-profit organization that has created a network of integrated public schools serving Arab and Jewish children. Starting with just 50 students in 1998, Hand in Hand now has six campuses and more than 1,850 Jewish and Arab students attending, and is making a growing impact in Israel for Jewish-Arab partnership and coexistence.
Gordon is a native of Portland, OR, and lived for 20 years in Israel, where he received a master’s degree in social work from Hebrew University and graduated from the 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 Gordon serves as executive director.
For information about Hand in Hand schools, visit to https://handinhandk12.org/. For further information about the Ithaca visit, write to info@iaujc.org.