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The Land of Israel



June 2010 – Sivan/Tammuz 5770   [email protected]   

Written by Nechama Retting, Director of Education for Shlock Rock


Welcome to Shlock Rock Educator’s Newsletter Volume 19. Our goal is to give you some new ideas for teaching about Mitzvot & Middot, Torah, Israel and the Holidays. Visit our website at


Adult Learning: This month we will be sharing ideas for teaching about Israel in our classrooms. Israel is a very important topic to cover in Early Childhood and Elementary Schools (and all other grades too!!!). According to the Talmud, what is “learned in a child’s youth is absorbed into the blood.” We need to create connections to Israel for our students that will last a lifetime!  And since Israel is described in the Torah as the “land flowing with milk and honey” (Eretz Zavat chalav u’dvash), let’s make those connections sweet! Make sure, as an educator, you have a connection to the land of Israel too! Check out to learn about all the advancements in technology and medicine that Israel gives to the world!


Suggested Shlock Rock Songs: “Eretz Zavat Chalav U’dvash”, “Where in Israel Shall We Go”, “Oogah Medley” and “It’s Jewish History” from Shlock Rock for Kids Party Time!, “Eretz Yisrael” and “Our King Saul” from Shlock Rock for Kids Sing Together, “Israel Rap” from Shlock Rock for kids Volume 3, “Aleph Bet Rap” and “Yisroel is Our Land” From Shlock Rock for Kids Volume 1. The CDs Stories from the Holy Land and We’re Coming Back are all about Israel. “Walkin’ the Land” from Shlock Rock No Limits is also a great song when teaching about Israel. There is also a "Walkin' the Land - You Tube" to enjoy. The CD Osher v’Osher is full of fun Hebrew music too. To hear the songs, click these links:  kids songs ,  original songs,  and parody songs then click on the CD, then the song you want to hear. You can download songs to your MP3 player or computer and burn a CD for only $.99-$1.25 per song just click HERE. Check out Shlock Rock’s newest CD: Shlock Rock No Limits available here.  So many great songs to choose from!


Suggested Activities to try with your students or family:


For ideas for teaching about Israel from our past editions click here.

Activity/Movement: Download the "Walkin' the Land - You Tube" and also the song (from the CD Shlock Rock No Limits) and learn the dance to the song.  The dance moves are similar to the chorus for the Bar Mitzvah line dance “Cotton Eyed Joe”. Teach the dance to your students!  Or make up your own moves!

A dancer/choreographer I am not, but the dance goes something like this:

Four steps forward (clap on the fourth step)

Four steps back (clap on the fourth step)
Twirl to the right and clap (also 4 steps with the clap on the 4th beat)

Twirl to the left and clap (same deal)

Touch your heel to the floor, then touch your toe to the floor (2x) clap
(other foot) Heel, toe (2x) clap again
Jump out (like you would when doing a jumping jack without the arms)

Jump in (like a jumping jack without the arms again)

Cowboy lasso with your arms as you turn around then clap

Repeat Cowboy move

Start over from the beginning. 

(Personally, with my kids, I would just do the first 4 moves and then repeat them over and over in a circle.) J


Activities: Since you’ve now downloaded the song “Walking the Land”J, use your floor map of Israel (suggested in a back issue of the Shlock Rock Educators Newsletter, see this link to learn how to make one) and “Walk” around the Land! You could also do this activity using the song “Where in Israel Shall We Go” from the CD Party Time. You can pause between verses and talk about different places in Israel as you learn about the land.


Eilat – is a beach town. It is known for its beautiful fish, coral and glass bottom boats. Learn about sea life.
Activities: Make sand art pictures or do some patterning games with shells and toy sea animals.


Negev Desert and Ein Gedi - The Negev is a big beautiful desert.
Activities: Learn about desert life, sabra cacti, camels (gamalim) etc…
Ein Gedi is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the desert. There is a lovely waterfall and hiking trail.
Activities: Learn about waterfalls. (Science: create your own water fall as you would make a volcano using baking powder and vinegar, or with a large bottle of soda and Mentos mints – this creates a geyser like “waterfall”), learn about date palm trees or the Ibex (in the mountain goat family).  

Hmm, I wonder what we could use the Ibex’s horns for?? J

Dead Sea – There is so much salt in the Dead Sea that no life can live there! People can float in the Dead Sea.
Science: Do some sink and float experiments (then add lots of salt to the water table and see if you can get things to float that otherwise sank).
Activity: Play in some mud! Have a spa day where you use (Dead Sea) salt and a little water to exfoliate your hands or feet then rub on some olive oil (from Israel too, of course!)!

Bet Shemesh – this is where the King of Shlock lives and where the You Tube was filmed.  Learn about the Judean Mountains (visible from Bet Shemesh) where the Macabees lived!

Jerusalem – The Streets of Jerusalem (are) the “Heart of the World!” 
Activity: Learn about the holy temple or the Kotel.
Art Activity: Create your own Kotel in your classroom using any medium you like (shoe boxes painted (you can also add sand to the paint) to resemble the Jerusalem stone, or make stone wall rubbings and have the children hang them up on the walls to resemble the Kotel, etc…)
Activity: Create a shuk (open air market) in your classroom to resemble Machaneh Yehuda. Have some cash registers with Israeli play money (available
here). I recommend you laminate the shekelim so they last a while!  Have pictures of the market around your shuk area - available on a Google Images search (or email me and I will send you the pictures I took while in Israel). Have the children sell items (play food, toys, etc…) to each other. If you want to make this a math activity, have play US dollars that need to be “exchanged” to Shekelim before they can shop.


Tel Aviv – The big city!
Activity: Create skyscrapers using blocks (of course you can build them on the floor map too!).
Art/Math Activity: There are also artist’s shukim in Tel Aviv, so create some art with your children and then get your students to buy the art back using the play shekelim if they want to take them home! I did this also as a math activity so that different things cost different amounts of money and they had to find that amount from the price sign and find the correct amount in their pocketbooks.   (This activity could also be done for the artist’s colony in Tzfat as well.) Example: You could have the children create a clay pot then paint it, a painting, and a Chamsa.  On your price list draw a picture of a clay pot and write $500 shekelim, then a picture of a painting with the price of $100 shekelim and a picture of a Chamsa with the price of $200 shekelim. Then students need to find their items and then find the correct amount of shekelim to give you to buy their items to take home.


Tzfat – This is a community in Northern Israel that is known for it’s artists.
See the art/math activity from Tel Aviv.
Art Activity: Create jewelry - this can be done by stringing beads and cut up pieces of colorful drinking straws strung together onto string.
Make a Chamsa and have the children paint them and decorate them as desired (I like to take left over pieces of lamination sheets (from after you laminate a poster) and cut it into the shape of the Chamsa and decorate it with cellophane and glue wash or Modge Podge as a sun catcher, you can also draw on the edges with black marker – Yofee!).
Learn about different Israeli artists and try your hand at recreating their style of work. Check out this
link for Israeli art ideas.


Carmel: – This is a beautiful mountainous area south of Haifa by the Mediterranean Sea that is known for its wine. Field trip anyone? J
Science Activity: Learn about grapes and how to make wine/grape juice.
Activity: Take a field trip to a local vineyard and experience the process first hand.

Kibbutzim – Israeli communal farms have evolved and changed a lot over the years. The story
The Chicken Man by Michelle Edwards is fun to read when learning about Kibbutz life.
Activity: Learn about farming and cooperative farming.
Science: Plant some veggies for your school (you can donate them to a food bank or shelter when they’ve grown or eat them yourselves!). 
For more ideas related to teaching about Israel and Kibbutzim check


Cooking: Make falafel, or Israeli salad, make something using the 7 species that are described in the Torah (wheat, grapes, barley, olives, dates, fig and pomegranates). Challah and pita are made from wheat, make barley salad or barley soup, or make fruit salad using all the fruits, or make date nut bread.

You could also make Oogah or Gleedah which is cake and ice cream  in Hebrew! YUM! Enjoy the recipes from those links!




L’Shana haba v’Yerushalayim!  Amen!

Next year in Jerusalem! Amen!  J























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