Finding Nemo (in Israel) Adventure in the Holy Land

Prepared by Alisa Berg (, Hagalil)

Program Overview

Active, Israel, Kadima

60-90 minutes



Open spaces & kitchen

Israel, cooking, army, Massada, Dead Sea, Israeli Dancing


  1. To introduce Kadima-aged teens to different elements of Israel
  2. To encourage the use of Hebrew

Materials Needed

  1. projector
  2. computer (with internet access)
  3. mixing bowls
  4. cucumbers
  5. tomatoes
  6. parsley
  7. olive oil
  8. lemon juice
  9. onion
  10. cutting boards
  11. knives
  12. chairs
  13. broomsticks
  14. ring toss
  15. tape
  16. mud masks
  17. Israeli Dance music



Begin in one location.  One person can come in and steal NEMO.  They will tell them that they are taking Nemo far away to somewhere in Israel and they have to get clues and figure out where Nemo is.


What do you picture in your mind when you think about Israel?  Have the Kadimanicks share their responses.  Hopefully, they will say things like the old city, the wall, religious, etc…  Share with them fun facts about Israel:

  • Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world’s population, can make claim to the following:
  • Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.
  • Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin -109 per 10,000 people – as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.
  • Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.
  • Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.
  • Israel’s Givun imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside, the camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.
  • Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.
  • The cell phone was developed in Israel by Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.
  • Most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel.
  • The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
  • Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
  • Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.
  • The technology for AOL Instant Messenger was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.

Show:  (You can forward through some of the video just to show the beautiful beaches, the modern city, and then landing.

Give each teen a passport, which is a map of Israel, as well as the Nemo Stamps and the place to write in the clues.


Kitchen….. We are going to the Mitbach to make Ochel!



Mitbach Kitchen


Ochel Food


While in the kitchen, show a powerpoint about other Israeli foods.

With supervision, let the teens cut up the tomatoes and cucumbers.  Combine in bowl with a little parsely, olive oil lemon juice and onion.

When done the leader can say:

אֶפְֹשַר לִתְאוֹם?


Efshar Lit’om? Can I have a taste


After completing the salad, give the group the clue to go to their next location.

Ballroom Israeli Army Obstacle Course.  

Most Israelis are enlisted into the Israel Defense Forces.  There are exceptions (for example: disabilities, religious reasons, etc.). 

ֹשֵרוּת חוֹבָה


Sherut Chovah Mandatory service

3 years for men, 2 for women

 There are alternate programs that are service based.  If you make Aliyah, you still have to serve! 



Tzahal- acronym for Tzvah Haganah L’yisrael Israel Defense Forces

You are now going through:

Tironut– basic training    All chayalim (soldiers), no matter where they get placed, must go through Tironut.

Leader:  Soldiers go as a Plugah through the course.  They start by having to figure out how to get from part one to part two without  jumping off the last chair or touching the ground before the line.



Plugah Unit


  1. There will be 6 chairs that they walk across but it will be about 5 feet short from where they have to go. If they touch the ground, they start over.  Hopefully the will figure out they have to move the chairs, give them a minute and if not, give them a hint.
  2. Taped line that they have to walk across like a balance beam foot to foot.
  3. Place a broom across 2 chairs and they have to go under
  4. Ring toss. Each Chayal (soldier)must get one ring on)
  5. Run through the cones

Once the whole group completes the course, the group leader reads the next clue.

Massada/Dead Sea

Leader: Hello young ones. I am Eliezer Ben Yair. I have been living atop this fortress in the Negev desert for 2 months with a large group of Jewish zealots. Apparently, this was where King Herod spent his summers, but we are here to flee persecution, slavery or even death. The year is 70 C.E. We have fled the Roman army after watching our beloved Temple go up in flames. They have burned our city and tortured our people. The Temple is gone and who knows if Judaism has gone up in its flames as well.

The Roman armies are approaching. There are only about 1,000 of us Zealots here and rumor has it that the Roman army numbers 15,000. We can see that they are building a wall around the mountain so we cannot escape.

What are we to do?!? They have appointed me as leader, but I need your help. What should we do?? Die at the hands of the Romans who will kill us instantly? Fight them? We’re so outnumbered.


The Zealots story at Massada is one of Jewish history’s most famous stories of rebellion and bravery. Instead of dying at the hands of their enemies or being caught as slaves to Rome, with no where to escape, the Zealots committed suicide. The Romans built a ramp to get up to the top of the fortress. When they reached the top, they discovered the mass suicide.

Some criticize the Zealots for actions and call it cowardly. Others use the Massada story as an example of one of the greatest Jewish stories of rebellion, resistance and bravery. What do you think?

After Hiking Massada, we head to the next stop- The Dead Sea- the lowest point on Earth (1300 ft. below sea level) You may notice the large white pillars. This is SALT! The Dead Sea is also the saltiest body of water in the world.

You can float without sinking in the Dead Sea. Careful of your cuts and scrapes, it will burn (but then heal quickly). The Dead Sea is rich with minerals and Israel uses these minerals in an entire beauty industry of Dead Sea skin products. Many skin ailments or problems can be cured with Dead Sea minerals. Mud Masks help clear the skin, relax and rejuvenate visitors.  We’ll be testing this out with mud masks!

Israeli Dancing

One station will be Israeli Dancing – how many dances does everyone know?

End in a room with all of the clues available to let them talk it out about where Nemo is.