Prepared by Alisa Berg (, Hagalil)
Active, Israel, Kadima
Open spaces & kitchen
Israel, cooking, army, Massada, Dead Sea, Israeli Dancing
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:
Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHEWQ5D0I3g (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!
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:
|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.).
|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.
Once the whole group completes the course, the group leader reads the next clue.
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.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO??————————
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!
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.