Israel is My Home: A Ceremony for Yom Ha'atzmaut
This scripted ceremony movingly tells the firsthand fictionalized stories of seven immigrants to Israel who come from Europe, Yemen, the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, and the United States. The stories include why they made aliyah and how they built their lives in Israel. You can enhance the ceremony by using the slideshow available online and the scavenger hunt to encourage attentive participation. Enact this ceremony during class, at a school-wide Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration or assembly, or at a family education event.
Download the PowerPoint slideshow for the ceremony Please right click on this link and use the "Save Target As" option to save the slideshow to your desktop. (If you are using a Mac, press the Control key when you click to see this option. This file is a large file and may take a few minutes to download depending on your connection speed.) Scavenger hunt list
"Let My People Go" is an article and lesson plan that can enhance the ceremony and specifically relates to slides 16-21. It highlights the dramatic moment when a Soviet refusenik first learns that she will realize her dream of immigrating to Israel.
"Let My People Go" lesson The Yom Ha'atzmaut quilt project would also complement the ceremony by teaching about the aliyot.
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