60 Ideas for 60 Years Here are all the ideas that appear on the beautiful wall-hanging contained in this kit. 1. Israeli Breads: Different breads represent different ethnic groups living in Israel. Challah and Pita - you know! Enjira - Ethiopian Bread. Laffa - Iraqi. Bread holds cultural significance in Judaism. Use breads as a trigger for a program to teach about different ethnic communities in Israel. Bake and eat while you learn. For recipes, check out the recipe book provided in this kit. 2. Beat the Boycott: Countries and companies have used boycotts to try to put pressure on Israel. How about trying to use, live off, and/or buy only Israeli products for one week. Get your community, school, or synagogue involved. Connect it with a holiday or a time when you feel it might be more important than ever to support Israel. Check out this website for a list of Israeli products that are being boycotted so you know what to buy: www.boycottisraeligoods.org 3. Wheels of Love: Bike for Israel! If biking and helping people are both dear to your community's heart, this project is for you. Have a bike-off fundraiser to support the annual Alyn International Charity Bike Ride. "Wheels of Love" is an event that brings cyclists together to support the children of Alyn hospital and has become a multi-million dollar charity event. Bring it to your community. For more information check out: www.alynride.org 4. The Open Source Food Network: Cooking joins people. Have a cook-off competition in the community. Everyone must bring in an Israeli dish, take pictures and become members of the open source food network. Add Israeli Cuisine to the site. Get ideas from the recipe book included in this kit! For more information about the Open Source Food Network go to: www.opensourcefood.com 5. Do Your Thang on the Catwalk: Perhaps Israel's fashion used to be livin' in the 80's but times they-r-a-changin'. Put on an Israeli fashion show at your school, community, or synagogue. Raise awareness of some of the new cutting edge designers and products from Israel. Have fun, strut on that catwalk, and buy some new clothes for the season. For some ideas check out: www.shopinisrael.com 6. Music Day: Of course, no Israeli tribute would be complete without a day of Israeli music. The diversity of Israeli music is vast - with meaning, styles, history, and changes. Dedicate a day in your local school or community to Israeli music. Play classic Israeli songs or hip Israeli radio stations all day in the hallways. Have fun with this and for some ideas check out one of Israel's hippest radio stations: www.fromil.com/radio 7. Hebrew Around the Clock: Have a Hebrew day, all Hebrew all day. Play it on the PA. Create mini-ulpan classes for people, hire students learning the language to teach, or offer a time and place to gather and speak only Hebrew, all day. To perpetuate the learning, add 10 new Hebrew words a week to your bulletin board. If you are looking for Israeli Radio Stations that play only Israeli music, Reshet Gimmel is a great place to start: http://gimmel.iba.org.il/ . The site’s in Hebrew - to tune in online: click on the flashing loudspeaker icon. 8. T-Shirt Kick Off: T-Shirts from Israel are always popular to bring home. Have a T-Shirt Kick off in the community. Order boxes of T-Shirts made in Israel and have everybody in the community wear them on the same day, or create your own T-Shirt that supports Israel. For T-Shirt ideas check out: www.israeli-t.com 9. Israeli Notice Board: How often do you forget to check out the headlines or stories from an Israeli news source? With an Israeli notice board, you won't forget. Put up an Israeli Notice Board in your building. Have different people post from different news sources & write reflections – keep the conversation going. Start with “Haaretz” or “The Jerusalem Post” – or maybe get a subscription to “The Jerusalem Report”. 10. Missing Israel? Bring it to the hood! Israeli place names honor Israeli heroes and events from the past and present. Rename the hallways and corridors of your building with Israeli street names and include on the signs a short paragraph about the subjects. For ideas, have a look at the picture CD provided in this Kit. 11. 7 Wonders. On August 8th, 2008, 7 new wonders of the world will be nominated all of which must be 7 natural places. This is an opportunity to put Israel on the map, teach about Israel's natural landscape, and have your community participate in the vote to make one of Israel's natural sites a new wonder of the world! To vote go to: www.natural7wonders.com 12. Israeli Wine and Cheese Festival: Anyone who has enjoyed an Israeli hotel breakfast will remember the fantastic range of delicious cheeses on offer. Israeli wines over the past few years have scooped up a crop of awards in international wine competitions. Have your own Wine and Cheese evening or brunch. Perhaps do this before Pesach- when people are choosing their wines for Seder night. For a list of Kosher Wines go to: www.Kosherwine.com 13. Coffee House: Israel is a vibrant democracy, with lively discussions of current affairs set in the surroundings of the streetside café. Convert your hall into an Israeli café, complete with Hebrew signs, bilingual menus with transliterations so that everyone can order Israeli foods in Hebrew. Get hold of some Israeli posters to decorate. Involve an Israeli from the community to make sure everything is genuine. Get people involved in bringing something to read out, or initiate a discussion about Israel. For the low-down on Israeli coffee culture, read: www.ineedcoffee.com/00/08/israel/ 14. Dance the Night Away: Looking to dance and celebrate in a meaningful way? Have you always been a bashful dancer? Don’t worry. Now is your chance. Create an evening for beginners to learn Israeli dance terms, Israeli dance moves, and finally, have your own Israeli dance event. To paraphrase Herzl: "If you dance it, it is no dream!" Check out this site to learn about Israeli dancing as well as fusing Israeli dancing with other ideas www.israelidances.com 15. Israel's Nature: Coral Reefs support a whole world of underwater life. Pollution of waters and oceans are detrimental to the growth of the reefs. Spend a day speaking and sharing with representatives from your Israeli sister city about pollution and environmental issues in Israel. Contact research centers to find out what you and your community might do to lend a helping hand: www.ocean.org.il 16. The Meeting House: Make a special Israeli hang out. Have a focus every week or every other week. Show a new film, documentary, share a new song of a pop artist, bring a new Israeli book, and have a discussion. The meeting place can also take on the form of a political forum or can be created in the classroom. For ideas or simply a good source to know new things that are happening in Israel check out: www.ynetnews.com 17. People of the Book! No year would be complete without a Book Fair in your own community, synagogue or school. We are the people of the book, so if your community already hosts a book fair add an additional fair just for Israeli authors. For ideas check out some of the books presented at an Israeli book fair: www.jbooks.com/interviews/IP_Balint.htm 18. Graffiti This: Did anyone see “Sisteract”? Cleaning up the streets is one way to build a stronger community, and so is art. Take your class, community, or local chapter to the streets. Graffiti local areas (with permission) or decorate a blank brick wall in your facility as an Israeli scene. Alternatively, cover an internal wall with brown paper and graffiti that! This might also be a great project to do before a big holiday; take advantage of the vacation to bring people together to be creative. For ideas, check out the picture CD in this kit. 19. Back to the Kibbutz: Remember the ideological days of collective living? Teach about classic kibbutz life by recreating it for a day.For one day have everyone in your community cook for each other, work for each other, and even trade work off. Have a look at kibbutz movement websites: www.kibbutz.org.il www.kdati.org.il 20. Bingo-Slang: Bingo day! The category: Hebrew Slang! Slang has most surely found its' place in the Hebrew language, and as Walt Whitman said, "Slang is the poetry of everyday language." Find as much Hebrew slang as you can and have a bingo day. Morfix is a great online dictionary and search engine for Hebrew, including slang! It also helps to ask Israelis! 21. Make your own greeting cards: This can be a fun activity for kids, teens, or adults. Have a day to make your own greeting cards for the New Year, holiday, family cards, etc. This is a great way to connect to the Jewish calendar, life cycle events and the calendar that Israel is based around. This is also a great way to get mixed generations involved. For inspiring images check out the picture CD in this kit. 22. It's a Shuk World: One of the most popular places for locals and tourists alike to frequent in Jerusalem is of course, the Shuk. You can't go wrong recreating a Shuk experience in your school or synagogue, bringing in delicious fruits, vegetables, and plenty of sweets to go around. The Shuk experience can be the focus of a more relaxed/fun day. Check out the Photo CD in this kit for some ideas on the set-up. 23. "Didn't I see that in Israel? On the back of a car?" Have a Hebrew bumper sticker competition in your school or synagogue. Best new slogan and/or image to support Israel wins and will be produced. This project will also encourage conversations about topics that are most important to Israelis. For some common bumper stickers seen in Israel, check out: www.jr.co.il/pictures/israel/bstickers/index.html (This site includes predominantly right-wing stickers – but reflects what Israelis are talking about!) 24. Lonely Planet Israel: Write your own guide to Israel travel. Use Lonely Planet and other resources to discover what is out there that you never knew about and create your own guides to Israel. These Travel Digests can be developed for the community by those who have already been to Israel for use by other members of the community when they travel themselves. Check out the Lonely Planet website to get some ideas on how to begin: www.lonelyplanet.com 25. Mud! The Dead Sea experience is truly like no other. After floating in a body of water that is nearly 30% salt, there is nothing nicer than covering your body with mud and rinsing off to truly feel like your skin has been replenished, revitalized, and rejuvenated for another 20 years. You don’t have to travel to Israel in order to re-enact the Dead Sea experience. Bring the mud bath to your community, school, or shul and use it as a day to relax and teach a bit about Israeli geography and the lowest point on Earth! For a list of products check out: www.cleopatraschoice.com 26. Current Holocaust Issues in Israel: Since the 1950’s Israel has received reparations from the German government in compensation for what occurred during the Holocaust. The claims committee is facing significant and substantive issues right now as to who is entitled to receive the money. Although this issue is highly sensitive and subjective, this is an important topic continuously discussed in the country. Discuss how Israel and Israelis should relate to the Shoah. This article discusses how Israel relates to the Shoah and Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Memorial Day: www.myjewishlearning.com 27. Quilt for Israel Design and sew an Israel quilt. Get many people involved with each one contributing a square that describes their relationship with Israel. Or ask people traveling to Israel to bring back a square of fabric. Perhaps you can recreate a map of Israel on a quilt. Use blue fabrics for the sea, green for the Galil, tan for the desert and white for the snowy Mt. Hermon. Jerusalem, of course, would be gold. When the quilt is complete you can hang it in your institution or perhaps donate it to a good cause in Israel. For your first stitch, click on www.judaiquilt.com 28. Israeli Tiyulim (Trips) in America! Use the Tanach (Bible) to explore the diversity of Flora and Fauna. Take a trip to local areas that might possess similar plants, trees, and agriculture to talk about the diverse natural environment of our holy land. This might be a fun project to do before Tu Bishevat or another holiday and focus on the beauty of Israel's flora and fauna. The Tanach itself is a great guide for this project. For further ideas and sources, check out either book: Torah and Flora by Louis I. Rabinowitz Tree and Shrub in Our Biblical Heritage by Nogah Hareuveni 29. Sing it out! Start up an Israeli choir; make sure it is for beginners so that everyone can be involved. Learn some Israeli songs. A song from the choir could be your own community’s unique way to start off a communal celebration. For a huge collection of Hebrew songs: www.hebrewsongs.com 30. Israel as a Cake: Eat Israel but first, you must learn about it. This is a fun activity for a day that has already been planned to focus on Israel or a holiday. Have a few groups in the community bake cakes in the shape of Israel. Groups must be able to identify and explain the main regions on each cake. Judges pick based on accuracy, taste, shape, etc. and then…be’teavon (Bon Appetit in Hebrew!). Look at the recipe book in the kit for more delicious dessert ideas or check out this cake recipe. 31. Pomegranate-seed Counting Contest: On Rosh Hashanah we bless each other that our lives should be filled with mitzvot like a pomegranate. And the story goes that there are 613 seeds – the same as the total number of mitzvot in the Torah. Are there really 613 seeds? Find out by having an eating/counting contest in the community. You can even buy the pomegranates exported from Israel if you are so inclined. If you are skeptical of the magical number 613…check out: www.aquaphoenix.com/misc/pomegranate/ 32. Check this Shekel out! Take a minute and think about if you know whose face is on every penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and bill? How about Israeli bills and coins? Display some Israeli money and learn about the history of how the shekel came to be. You might also want to reprint fake shekalim and use them during the shuk day that you create! Kids love fake money! For images and history check out this site: www.judaism.about.com/library/1_culture/bl_coins.htm 33. Write On! Have an Israeli write on/write off day. Ask a few community leaders to select literature written by some of the well-known Israeli authors. Have participants/students read through and choose a few passages that speak to them. Then have the participants complete the selections in their own words. This is a great way to simultaneously raise awareness about the Israeli writing scene while allowing people in the community to share their own ideas and thoughts. To get started with one major author, check out Bialik: www.kirjasto.sci.fi/bialik.htm 34. Bare Walls? Need something new to hang in those empty spaces? Support Israeli artists by having an art exhibit of some of the new, up and coming, Israeli artists. If you are teaching or looking for a more economic way to share about Israeli artists, use the Israel Museum website to get ideas of what is being premiered in Israel. Recreate some of this work as an opportunity to also learn about contemporary Israeli art. www.imj.org.il 35. Making Candles like Tzfat does! Imitate the products of the renowned candle shop that lays nestled in the picturesque hilltop town. Not only are the Tzfat candles beautifully designed but they can be recreated in your own communities. Bring a professional candle maker into the community and make the candles found in Tzfat. Teach about lighting candles for Sabbath, Havdalah and Chanukah. Have a look at some of Tsfat’s candles: www.safedcandles.com 36. "Dig Israel!" Excavations in the holy land are happening all the time. Pick a special place that is being excavated right now and recreate it in your community or classroom. This project is a great way to learn about ancient Israel as well as current research and the discoveries recently made. The classroom, synagogue or community building can be made into the city of David in no time! Check this site out to discover how to bring a real dig site to your community www.digthepast.org 37. Love to Dress-Up? There is nothing more fun than to dress-up like someone else, right? Have a dress-up event in your community where everyone must come as their favorite Israeli figure of the past, present, or future. This is a great event for children and adults, as well as a wonderful way to learn about Israeli figures and the people in your community. Purim is probably the best time to have an event like this. Check out this interactive list to help you begin…. but you might have to find out what they look like! www.famous.heebz.com 38. Sister-City Project: Nearly every city in America is twinned with a city in Israel. The sister-city project was started to build stronger relations between America and Israel and while the project has been successful, there is still plenty of work that can be done. For any school, synagogue, or community the sister-city project can be utilized. Contact your local leadership and find out how you can contribute to the relations that have been established in your city. For a start, look for partnerships -at: www.jewishagency.org 39. Festival: One of the best ways to pick up Hebrew language is through film. Films are also a great way to bring the community together, educate and share cutting edge ideas, and help people understand Israeli society. Israeli films have recently received a lot of attention (and prizes) at international film festivals. Have an Israeli film festival. This could be a one-night event, a week long event, or even a series throughout the year. For starters, screen the film included in this kit and then look at this link to see which of the most recent films grab you: www.filmfund.org.il 40. Soldiers: We all pray that by the time you receive this that our soldiers are safe at home. As we mark time since the War against the Hezbollah in Summer 2006, reminders of the kidnapped soldiers are all around Israel. However in America it is much easier to forget our soldiers- Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. Raise awareness in your community about the soldiers and their families. Add an additional prayer in your community, and get the message out that we are with them until their return. Sign a petition at: www.kidnappedsoldiers.com 41. Give it a rest! This year, 5768, as well as being Israel's birthday is also the Shmittah year- as in the biblical commandment for fields to lie fallow every 7th year. Take this opportunity to inform the community, involving the Rabbi and other educated people as teachers. Discuss the environmental and social aspects of Shmittah and its relevance today. For info and help, check out www.shemittah.com 42. Birthright Israel:Tell-All Share the Secrets! Get your birthright graduates involved in preparing an evening of their favorite memories and moments of their journies in Israel. This is a great opportunity for the younger members of the community to share some of their experiences and contribute to the community. For details click on www.birthrightisrael.com 43. Act It Out! Choose and stage an Israeli play in your own community. This evening can come at the end of the year, especially if there are individuals in the community learning Hebrew all year. Make a community event out of it with a fun filled evening devoted to Hebrew language and culture. Check out this one recently staged play to help get you started: www.jewish-theatre.com/visitor/article_display.aspx?articleID=1337 44. Israeli Vacation Photo Exhibition Put up a giant sized map of Israel and have everyone bring in their own Israel vacation pictures. Connect the pictures to the place on the map with colored string. The photo exhibit is an opportunity for members in the community to share where they have been in Israel and what they have gained. How many photos do you have of Masada or of the Kotel? Vote on the best picture, the most exotic place or the rarest scene! Have an evening to learn and share. 45. Re-Enactment of November 29th: The 29th of November 1947 marks a very important date in Israeli history. This was date the United Nations approved the Partition plan dividing Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state, leading to Israel’s Independence in May 1948. Re-enact the UN vote as a colorful play, actors dressed in different costumes representing member nations, making speeches in different languages. Play a recording of the actual event. When is the right time to re-enact this event? The 29th of November of course! For a general understanding of the event, texts, maps, and recordings go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1947_UN_Partition_Plan 46. Quiz evening: Invite the whole community to a quiz evening. Base the format on your favorite TV quiz show – but compose all the questions with an Israeli theme. Form teams representing different groups in the community – high school students, teachers, clergy, Hadassah, Men’s club, etc. With advance publicity and fierce competition, the teams will spend time boning up before the evening itself. 47. Charity Projects: Israel and its citizens have very successfully created many charity networks to support diverse needy groups. Connect to Israel by connecting with one of the charity networks to see how you can help and how you could use their model in your own community. A good place to start is: www.tabletotable.org.il 48. Baseball Cards? Rabbi Cards? Israeli-figure cards? Remember when baseball cards were the only thing that kept kids busy? Bring back the baseball cards, but, use the faces of Israeli figures instead. These cards, once created, can be used for fun games, quiz activities, or even an icebreaker for children and adults! For inspiration check out this Time article about collectible Rabbi cards: www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,958154,00.html 49. Media Watch! Israel in the media is a subject that concerns all of World Jewry. Take a week and create a project where participants in a monitoring group chart out how Israel is portrayed in the media. Use 4-5 news sources and note where the differences lie, who is saying what etc., to see how Israel is being represented in the Media. This is a great project for the classroom but adults in the community could use this opportunity to make a more scientific assessment of media fairness or bias. How much do we rely on the media in forming our opinions about events in Israel? Aside from watching the usual channels, consider comparing with an Arab news source. Check out: http://english.aljazeera.net 50. Diversity in Israel: Israel is a growing country full of diverse groups. Russian and Ethiopian immigrants, Arabs, Ultra-orthodox etc Find out as much as you can about the minorities in Israeli society and create an additional section in your local Jewish News to inform others about all kinds of minority communities in Israel. Click on the Jewish Agency at www.jewishagency.org 51. Visions on the Wall: Create an evening activity for the community to share ideas about the future of Israel. What will Israel look like in 10 years? What will she look like in another 60? Specify different topics, such as borders, international relations, Israeli culture, and demographics. Post all of the ideas on a wall of your community or classroom. When you take down the ideas bury them in a time vault (airtight, watertight container) in the grounds, In 60 years time you can open it to find out which visions came true. No website for this one- just your dreams about the future of Israel... Write them, post them, and make them happen! 52. You Tube -You too! You Tube has become a wonderful way to access films, clips, and additional information about hip music, videos, etc. Put together a You Tube video clip in your community reviewing your favorite Israeli collection of videos, clips, or music and share it with the You Tube community. This could be a fun class project or a community effort, and could raise awareness about Israeli artists for other You Tube viewers. Search for Israeli clips on You Tube: www.youtube.com 53. Use your Facebook/My Space Account to Share: People involved in the Facebook and My Space World learn about issues through these groups and networks. Create your own Israel related support group and invite everyone on your list to join. Join now if you haven’t already. This is a great way to spread the word about what you want people to know about Israel www.myspace.com or www.facebook.com 54. Israeli Innovation: You wouldn’t believe how many things have been invented in Israel! From the agricultural drip irrigation system to ICQ to the pentium chip…many things have been invented in our own motherland. Focus on Israeli inventions, in as many fields as you can find, and organize an evening for people to present and pay tribute to Israeli innovation. Read about Israeli technological and other inventions at: www.israel21c.org 55. Israel at the Dinner Table: A great way to keep Israel in your minds, memories, and hearts. Once a week, Friday night, every week, talk about something that has happened in Israel, or should happen in Israel, or what you remember most or best that you wish you could return to. Remembering Israel and keeping it relevant to us is not only about buying products, fun activities, and community projects. Keeping Israel close to us is also just about having it in our daily lives. Get every age and every generation to join the conversation. For subjects to stimulate conversations, check out: www.Ynetnews.com 56. Army Code of Ethics: What are army values? What makes the Israeli Defense Forces different from any other army? Find out about the IDF Ethical code. Discuss the circumstances in which the IDF came into existence, its role now, and the functions it performs outside its military responsibilities. What challenges face the IDF now and in the future? Check out the official IDF site: www.dover.idf.il/IDF/English/ 57. Research a Soldier on Mt. Herzl: Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem is the site of the National cemetery, the burial place of many national figures, and many men and women who gave their lives defending the country. Sometimes it is difficult for individuals to connect to the power of Mt. Herzl. Before a group travels to Israel (or even if they are not) assign everyone a research project to find out about a person buried on Mt. Herzl. Trace the individual's family, history, and circumstances in which he/she fell. Visit the graveside on your next trip to Mt. Herzl, a peaceful and powerful place. www.jafi.org.il/education/noar/sites/mtherzl.htm 58. Babaganewz together! Babaganewz is a great magazine for children (and adults too) on Israel education, current events, and cutting edge ideas. Subscribe to Babaganewz and receive information about what is going on in Israel. Or, create your own new source in the community with additional pictures, sketches, and material provided for all generations. Check out Babaganewz virtual for yourself! www.babaganewz.com/virtual 59. Stamp It! Find out who collects Israeli stamps in your community. Ask them to talk about and/or display his/her collection. Look at new groovy stamps from Israel. Use this as part of an Israeli pen-pal exercise. Check out the colorful stamps featured in the Israeli stamps bingo quiz in the Ready-to-Run programs section of this kit. For cool ideas about new Israeli stamps click on:www.israelphilately.org.il 60. The 60th Idea: Pass it on! The final 60th idea is left all to you. Start your own. How will you celebrate 60 years of Israel? Share your own Israel@60 program idea with other communities. E-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put it up on our Israel@60 website.