This week we celebrated Israel’s 69th birthday by experiencing the many faces of Jerusalem. The theme for this year’s celebration was the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. Between 1948 and 1967 Jerusalem was divided between Israel and Jordan and Jews were not allowed to visit the Kotel (Western Wall). During the 1967 6-day war, Jerusalem was returned to Israeli rule.
At the Kotel station we learned about the Western Wall from the Israeli Shlicha Dana, and then wrote a note to God and placed it in the Kotel.
The Jerusalem art rotation included learning about the famous Marc Chagal windows at Hadassah hospital and drawing our own Chagal inspired Jerusalem landscapes.
At the Street food festival, students enjoyed the traditional falafel, hummus, Tahini, cucumber, tomato & pickle in a pita. Of course an Israeli lunch is not complete without a yummy chocolate bar.
Next at Hebrew University (aka the library), we learned about the eight gates of the ancient city of Jerusalem.
Our last rotation was music where we listened to famous songs about Jerusalem.
During Hafsaka we played גומי which is a game that Morah Liat played in Israel when she was in Kitah Gimmel. It is like Chinese jump rope.