Yom HaZikaron &
Yom HaAtzmaut

About the project

This year – after October 7th and the ongoing war in Israel – educators are carefully considering how to commemorate Yom HaZikaron and celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. While we must confront the pain, loss and challenges; we also must highlight messages of unity and hope. Since every educational setting is unique, we know that most teachers cannot use completely pre-packaged materials. On the other hand, we also know that teachers have limited time to research and choose relevant and engaging materials. Therefore, in this project, we have carefully curated the most timely and powerful resources – stories, songs, and texts – to share with your students this year. In addition, we have provided suggestions for concrete ways to use these resources in an active way in either the classroom or school ceremony.

Yom HaZikaron Ceremony Proposal:

Each part can be changed as needed

Yom HaAtzmaut Ceremony Proposal :

Each part can be changed as needed

1. Songs

Tefillot Hayeladim

 A new version was recorded and a new video with drawings of children from Otef Aza, was produced at the end of October.

2. Psalms

Psalms 126

This chapter celebrates the miracle of returning to Zion.

3. Insperational Texts

Hope

I’ve been bleeding songs for weeks

מזה שבועות אני מדממת שירים

4. Stories

Story of bravery : Inbal Rabin Lieberman

Hero Street Art in Tel Aviv

Songs

Since October 7th, many new songs of despair, hope and pride have been produced in Israel. Songs of the past have also taken on new meaning and relevance. We have chosen a select group of songs that have both powerful lyrics and visuals. Many students may be able to connect in a more meaningful way to current events through music and video.

Prayers of the Children

Tefillot Hayeladim

Superheroes

Giborei Al

Bring Them Home

Ha’bayita

Return to bloom​

Porchim Leshuvam

Tehilim

There are various traditions for which Tehillim to recite for different occasions - both times of joy and times of crisis. Some Yom HaAtzmaut liturgy includes Psalms 107, 97, and 98. We are suggesting three alternative chapters that may be more accessible to students.

Tehilim 121

This chapter calls on us to look up and into the distance with hope and faith. This chapter has been sung frequently during the war by Israeli singers…

Tehilim 122

This chapter highlights the centrality of Jerusalem and inspires us to pray for shalom in the Land and unity amongst its People.

Tehilim 126

This chapter celebrates the miracle of returning to Zion. It also describes the hope that the pain involved in building and planting will ultimately result in joy and growth.

Inspirational Texts

This section includes various texts that can be incorporated in a Yom Hazikaron or Yom Haatzmaut ceremony or lesson. We have chosen Israeli poems that express both the pain and the hope since October 7th. We have also included three letters left behind by soldiers killed during the war. These texts can simply be read for reflection or they can be used to encourage discussion and analysis.

Each of us has a name

Poem by Zelda Mishkowskty

Hope

Poem by Iris Eliya-Cohen

Hear, O Lord (prayer for days of awe)

Poem by Eliaz Cohen

Beeri

Poem by Adi Blechman

Hatikva

Acheinu

Declaration of Independence

Stories

Using personal stories can be a powerful way to engage and inspire students. We have carefully selected stories of soldiers and citizens in Israel who model kindness, courage, and resilience. We have also included follow-up activities and questions to help students relate to and internalize these stories.

Soldier Last Letter:
Ben Zussman z"l

Soldier Last Letter:
Elkana Vizel z"l

Soldier Last Letter:
Joseph Gitarts z"l

Soldier Last Letter:
Adi Leon z"l

Story of bavery :
Ben Binyamin & Gali Segal

Story of bavery:
Idan Emedi

Story of bavery:
Mia Schem

Story of bravery :
Oz Davidian

Story of bravery :
Inbal Rabin Lieberman

Story of bravery :
Yussef Alziadna & the Alqrinawi Family

Special Yom HaAtzmaut Games

Questions About Israel

27 Questions for Elementary Classes

26 Questions for Middle School Classes

Yom HaAtzmaut Riddles

To develop and strengthen a set of knowledge and skills about Israel with  various media (texts, photos, videos etc.).

Leaders of the State of Israel – Kahoot

An interactive Kahoot game about the Leaders of the State of Israel .

Useful links:

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