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: $3000 annually toward Child Care Center Teacher Salaries every year since 2009.
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 http://www.friendsofopenhouse.co.il/.