Exactly 17 years ago two Israeli air force helicopters crashed into each other above Kibbutz Dafna in Israel's North. Seventy three young men were killed. This is a full activity for teens and adults, built around a poem written by one of the fallen, Erez Stark, transformed into a moving rock song by Knisyat HaSechel.
Exploring the Hatikvah National Anthem for Yom Ha'atzmaut! This activity - for ages 15 to adult - explores what a national anthem is, how sacred it might be, and how it is created. This activity is full of examples from the United States. You might wish to rework it in other countries.
In this session we explore where our appreciation of Am, of Peoplehood, intersects with our desire for economic freedom – freedom to make a living, and freedom from poverty. We also explore whether our allegiances alter according to where someone may live (B’Artzenu). At the same time we deepen the connection between these issues and our Jewish identity and values, and finally point to inspirational work being done in Judaism’s name in Israel.