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JPDS-NC Celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut

May 16, 2016 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff) Sharon Freundel (Community)

JPDS-NC had a school-wide, all-day celebration for Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day! The students spent the day traveling to cities and special places in Israel. In Yerushalayim, younger students built the Kotel out of boxes and wrote notes for it, and older students made trifolds of the three major religions of the city. In Be’er Sheva, they built a Bedouin tent, had tea, played music, and danced. In Haifa, students played games related to the five religions of the city: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Druze, and Bahai. In Teveriah, they made a large mosaic replica of the floor at the Hammat Tiberias Synagogue. In Tel Aviv, they went on a scavenger hunt. In Eilat, they made sand art. At Moshav HaBonim, they planted seeds. In Acco, they dug in the sand for puzzle pieces that the student teams put together. At the kibbutz, they played a game related to communal activities. Students also enjoyed breakout sessions about current events, history, and technology in Israel. We ended the day with Israeli dancing and the whole school singing Hatikvah together. It was an unforgettable day of fun, learning, and love of Medinat Israel.

Enjoy the time-lapse video of JPDS-NC students celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut and see our photo album of the day’s activities!