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Ideas to Celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut

By Edited Nov 23, 2016 0 0

There are many ideas that you can use to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. This unique Jewish holiday celebrates Israel’s Independence Day, an important one for Jews around the world. Founded on May 14th, 1948 after the atrocities of the Holocaust, Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrates the founding of modern Israel. Much like America’s Fourth of July, Yom Ha’atzmaut is celebrated by having the day off from work, having parades, and setting off fireworks.

Ideas to Celebrate Yom Ha'atmaut

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Jewish preschools, Hebrew schools and day schools around the world celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. The following ideas can be adapted for any age level.

Children love to craft, and here are a few to help celebrate this important Jewish holiday.

Crafts to Make to Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut

Make Israeli Flags

This craft can be as elaborate or as simple as you want to make it.

For younger children, use a piece of white 8 x 11 construction paper or cardstock, two precut blue rectangles and one blue Jewish star. Have them glue it to the paper so it is an Israeli flag.

Then have them paint paper towel tubes blue and white, or just one of those colors. Teachers will glue the flag to the paper towel tubes when dry.

For older children, you can use blue glitter for this craft. Prep each white piece of paper by drawing lines for the rectangular space and a Jewish star in the middle. With a foam brush, have the children brush on glue to the rectangles and then put on glitter. With a glue bottle, have them trace the star of David and then apply the glitter. Before attaching the flag to the painted paper towel tube, shake off any excess glitter that may not have been glues on.

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Make Israel Tee Shirts

Israel Tee Shirt

Photo by Hannah Gold

My children did this project when they were in preschool. Because the teachers bought the students tee shirts that were a few sizes too large, they have been able to wear them for several years.

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Buy plain white tee shirts for each child  like the one pictured. Make templates for the shirts-rectangles and a large Jewish star. With blue fabric paint, have the children paint the inside the templates to make an Israeli flag. 

You can have a parade to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. Preschoolers love to dress up and parade around, so take advantage of their natural energy.

A parade does not have to be fancy. Walking around the building if the weather is bad, or around a coned off parking lot, with parents and grandparents, the rabbis, the cantor and other synagogue staff looking on will make the kids feel extra special.

Have the children wear blue and white clothing or their brand new tee shirt! They can wave the flags that they made. Play Israeli music as they march around.

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Have a Party 

For the Fourth of July, Americans across the country have barbeques, parties and other gatherings to celebrate the founding of our country. To celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, classes can have a party and serve Israeli food.

Depending on the age of you students and how much tme you have, they can either help with the food preparation of simply have their parents bring it in for the party. As always, be sure to check for any food allergies your students may have and adjust the menu accordingly.

Here are some simple Israeli foods that you can prepare with your class celebration.

Israeli salad has fresh vegetables-cucumbers, tomato, bell pepper, and onion. Small children may not like onion, so you may wish to omit this ingredient or keep it to a minimum. This is easy to make with children and teach nutrition and how important it is to eat fresh vegetables to grow healthy and strong. It is also a good lesson on how to cut properly with a knife. 

 

Make Israeli Salda to Celebrate Yom Ha'atmaut

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Hummus is a fairly mainstream food now. You can buy it prepared in a variety of flavors in most supermarkets. You can have the children put the chick peas in the food processor and press the button. They can stir in the other ingredients and place in the bowl. Serve the hummus with pita wedges or mini pita pockets in a variety of flavors for an easy finger food appetizer.

Falafel is to Israelis as hot dogs are to Americans. A typical Israeli food bought on the street, falafel is made with chick peas and fava beans, fried, and put into a pita with sauce. This will probably appeal to older students who have a more adventurous palate.

Couscous is a semolina pasta dish. This simple Israeli food can be eaten by even the pickiest eaters, as just about every child eats pasta in some form.

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You can serve a fresh fruit salad with some fruits that are typically grown in Israel. Fruit is served as a snack or dessert in Israel. Oranges, bananas, pomelos, pomegranates, figs, nectarines, dates, grapes and strawberries are all grown in Israel. Fruits can also be served indifferent bowls if you want children to try new things with the old. Children can help cut them up and teachers can tie in lessons about good nutrition.

For dessert, the children can make sugar cookies using Star of David cookie cutters. Sprinkle with blue sugar, and you have a sweet treat for your Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration.

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Play Israeli Music

The music teacher for the preschool and religious school can teach the children songs to celebrate this special day. They can be sung to parents during classroom parties or as part of the Yom Ha’atzmaut parade. For even more fun teach the children some simple Israeli dances, like this one, the Mayim Dance!

The Mayim Dance

During the class party, music can be played so you feel like you are at an outdoor café somewhere in Israel.

Yom Ha’atzmaut falls toward the end of the Hebrew School and preschool calendar year. Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, a milestone in Jewish history, is a great way to tie together all that the children have learned throughout the year.

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