The Open House

The Open House Center for the Development of the Arab Child, Ramle

This child care center for Arab children age 1-1/2 to 3 years was co-founded by Dalia Landau and is located in the house made famous in Sandy Tolan’s excellent book, The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East.

With Arab and Jewish teachers, children learn early to appreciate the culture, languages, and religious celebrations of “the Other,” while developing pre-school skills in a positive, nurturing environment.  Arabs are a minority of Ramle’s population, but because of this school, Open House “graduates” excel when they enter Israeli kindergartens and elementary schools.

Granted:  $4000 in 2017 toward Child Care Center Teacher Salaries.

Additional Resources:

Hear a radio podcast–Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive Magazine, interviews Dalia on Progressive Radio, in December 2011.

Sandy Tolan’s story about The Lemon Tree house and its 2 families (a story that grew to become the book) was first told on NPR’s “Fresh Air” program with Terry Gross.  Find a podcast of the May 15, 2006 “Fresh Air” broadcast here.

For more information about The Open House, visit their website at

Contact Us

Executive Director:

The Rev. Joan Deming
608-241-9281 office/home
608-235-1046 mobile

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