Yom Ha’Atzmaut Activities

Yom Ha’Atzmaut Activities


Songs about Israel by Sylvia Rouss

The Flag of Israel (Frere Jacque)

The flag of Israel, the flag of Israel,
Has a star, has a star.
It is blue and white.
Such a lovely sight,
The flag of Israel, the flag of Israel.

I’ll Go to the Shuk (On Top of Old Smokey)

I’ll go to the shuk,
And shop for Shabbat,
I’ll buy a nice chicken,
To roast in a pot.

I’ll buy some potatoes,
And green vegetables too.
I’ll buy a fresh challah,
For me and for you.

If You Want to Say Hello, Say Shalom (If Your Happy and You Know It)

If you want to say, “Hello,” say, “Shalom.”
If you want to say, “Hello,” say, “Shalom.”
If you want to say “Hello,”
All you really have to know,
If you want to say “Hello,” say, “Shalom.”

If you want to say, “Good-bye,” say, “Shalom.”
If you want to say, “Good-bye,” say, “Shalom.”
If you want to say, “Good-bye,”
It’s easy if you try,
If you want to say “Good-bye,” say, “Shalom.”

If you want to say, “Peace,” say, “Shalom.”
If you want to say, “Peace,” say, “Shalom.”
If you want to say, “Peace,”
You can do it with ease,
If you want to say, “Peace,” say, “Shalom.”

Rhymes about Israel by Sylvia Rouss

Let’s Visit Israel

Let’s visit Jerusalem, the city of gold.
You can see the Western Wall which is very old.

At the Dead Sea you won’t need a boat,
The water is so salty it will make you float.

If you climb Masada, it may be higher than you think.
Take some water. You may need a drink.

Tel Aviv has coffee shops on nearly every street.
It isn’t hard to find something good to eat.

Going to Eilat can be a lot of fun.
You can hike or swim or just enjoy the sun.

A Falafel

A falafel is a tasty treat
It is very good to eat

Take a bite if you’re in the mood,
For a pita filled with tasty food.

Five Little Jerusalem Children

Five Little Jerusalem children have lots to do.
This little boy goes to the zoo.
This little girl goes to the shuk.
This little boy goes to the Shrine of the Book.
This little girl goes to the park to play.
This little boy goes to the Wall (Kotel) to pray.

The Western Wall

Five little children go to the Western Wall to pray.
This one finished and backed away.
Four little children go to the Western Wall to pray.
This one finished and backed away.
Three little children go to the Western Wall to pray.
This one finished and backed away.
Two little children go to the Western Wall to pray.
This one finished and backed away.
One little child goes to the Western Wall to pray.
When he finished, he backed away.

Recipes from Israel

Festive Fruit Salad

  •  2 oranges
  • 1 apple
  • ½ c. dates, chopped
  • ½ c. raisins
  • ¼ c. almonds, chopped
  • 1 c. fresh orange juice
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • ¼ c. sweet red wine

Peel and slice the fruits. Combine fruits and nuts. Refrigerate. In another bowl mix the lemon and orange juices, wine and sugar. Refrigerate. When ready to serve pour over fruit.

Falafel

  • 1 c. cooked or canned garbanzo beans, drained
  • ½ t. garlic
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1/8 t. pepper
  • 2/3 c. fine bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbs. oil
  • Oil for frying (fill pot about 3 inches)

Mash the beans in a large bowl. Add the garlic, salt pepper, and bread crumbs. Mix. Add the eggs and oil. Mix. Heat the oil until little bubbles appear. Shape the mixture into 1 inch diameter balls and lower into hot oil with a spoon. Fry a few balls at a time until they are golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Serve inside a pita pocket with chopped lettuce, cucumber, and tehina sauce.

Eggplant Pizzas

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 6-8 slices American or cheddar cheese
  • ¼ c. sunflower seeds
  • dash garlic salt
  • oil for frying

Cut the eggplant into ¼ inch slices. Heat oil until it sizzles. Turn the heat to medium. Put in the eggplant slices. Fry until one side is soft (about 5 min.) and remove. Place on dish with fried side up. Put a slice of cheese on each slice of eggplant. Cover the cheese with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds and a dash of garlic salt. Use a spatula to put each slice back in the pan, cheese side up. Fry until cheese melts (about 5 min.). Serve hot.

Learning Games about Israel

1. Archeological Dig Feely Box – Explain how archeological digs help us find out about ancient Israel. Take a large plastic bin and fill it with sand. Bury plastic dishes and silverware in the sand. Let children feel the objects and try to identify them without looking.
2. Israeli Flag Puzzle -Take 2 pictures of the Israeli flag, color them and laminate. Cut 1 laminated flag into pieces and have children assemble it by placing it on top of the uncut flag.