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JPDS-NC Students Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day

May 6, 2015 by Class of 2021 (Students)

Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, is a day of celebration in Israel and for Jews around the world. It starts on the fifth of Iyar (Hebrew month). We learned that in Israel, in the evening, fireworks pop out in the sky over Jerusalem and can be seen from many other areas of Israel. A lot of people get together with friends and families at their homes and at parks and have BBQs. Many people can be seen dancing Israeli dances in the streets. It’s a happy day to celebrate freedom.

Students and staff at JPDS-NC celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut in similar festive ways. The teachers ran different stations that all related in some way to Israel. The students rotated through each station. They were really fun. They included feeding animals in a petting zoo, participating in different sports activities such as Gaga and an obstacle course, creating an edible map of Israel, writing cards, an art project and much more. At the end of the day, the entire school gathered in the gym to reflect on the day. As a closing activity, all of the students and many teachers danced traditional Israeli dances. Everyone had a great time!