On Sunday, May 6, 160 people attended Temple Emanuel Hebrew School’s Israel Fair in Kensington, Maryland. The fair included creative and interactive exhibits on many different aspects of Israel’s past and present.
Participants could visit the Technion, where they learned about the Dead Sea in a hands-on experiment. They made their own stained-glass windows after hearing about the Chagall Windows in Jerusalem, and wrote notes to attach to a 12-foot banner of the Kotel (Western Wall). Bedouin history and culture came to life in a makeshift Bedouin tent, where people ate tea and cookies.
One of the most eye-catching stations was a wall covered in research on different famous Israelis, such as Gal Gadot, Gene Simmons, and Ilan Ramon. “This project was really entertaining because it taught me a lot about famous singers and actors from Israel,” said Madison DeMarca, who presented this exhibit.
“The idea for the fair came after completing a year-long certificate program in Israel education at the Center for Israel Education in Atlanta this past year,” said Marc Hershkowitz, a fifth-grade teacher and one of the event’s organizers. “We are making experiential education a priority in our school, as we see that students generally respond to it better than old-fashioned lecturing or reading from a book.”
The students presented their stations with knowledge and excitement; it was clear how much they enjoyed creating the fair.
By Ellie Guberman
Ellie Guberman is a junior at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland.