The Sunflowers were so excited to enter their classroom only to realize that they were not in New Jersey.  It was amazing how our room transformed into Jerusalem just in time to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut.  What a wonderful experience everyone had davening at the Kotel.  It was very moving.   Watching the children focus on saying every word as they passed the Torah around while singing Torah Tzevah Lanu Moshe….and the Shma was incredible.  The children were able to write a note to say something special to Hashem.

The children then went on to view a special exhibit at an art gallery in Tzfat.  The children were able to view the work from all the classes at IBECC.  There was even a display that the children could be hands on with.  They were able to weave ribbon through a grate. Boy, did they have fun.

Singing songs and dancing with the entire school was so much fun. Everyone enjoyed dancing or spending time with their siblings.  The Rabbi played his guitar.  Learning the HATIKVAH  was great. It is such an important song. Waving our giant flags was great, too.  It was pretty remarkable that we were able to wave our flags since they are the same size as us.

Having our snack in Tel-Aviv was the best experience.  The children were given money with which to buy ice cream or ice pop and a chocolate ball.  With smiles and ice cream all over their faces, we could tell everyone enjoyed their snack along with their experience in Tel- Aviv.

Our final city that we visited was Eilat. Playing on the beach was so much fun.  Some of the children even liked having the sand go between their toes. The sand table was another area where the children could explore. Filling cups, seashells, and watching teh sand flow through funnels were just a few favorite activities.

Israel is known for having beautiful parks. The Sunflowers ended their journey through Israel with spending some time at our park.

Hope you had a Yom Haazmaut Sameach and will have a Shabbat Shalom.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Morah Pam, Morah Aimee, And Morah Debra