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Yisrael Sheli: My Israel People and Places

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Grades: 2-4           Yisrael Sheli lets you tell your students two different stories about Israel. The first is the story of the people who created the State of Israel. The second is the story of the places in the Land of Israel. As we tour the land of Israel, we learn about the stories that created Israel. What's it like to travel to Israel with the people who built her? Ben Gurion leads the tour at Sde Boker, his kibbutz. Rachel (the Poetess) reads her poems on the shores of the Kinneret. Joshua leads us across the Jordan river, and Josephus tells the story of Masada.


In the cobblestone streets of Tzfat, Isaac Luria gives a lesson on mysticism, while Ilan Ramon points our eyes to the stars from his balcony in Beersheva. This is the Israel trip you and your students have always dreamed of! Yisrael Sheli brings Israel alive by fusing the adventure of a visit to the Jewish homeland with the adventures of those who shaped Israel, the people, and the place. 

The book is filled with discussion questions and activities that make it exciting and easy to teach. 

Each chapter in Yisrael Sheli connects a place to a person 

Chapter Place Person
1 Israel Abraham and Sarah
2 The Negev Jacob
3 Sde Boker David Ben Gurion
4 Beersheva Ilan Ramon
5 Eilat King Solomon
6 Masada Josephus
7 Ein Gedi King David
8 Jerusalem: Old City Moshe Dayan
9 The Kotel Ezra
10 Jerusalem: New City Teddy Kollek
11 Mount Herzl Theodor Herzl
12 The Knesset Rachel Bluwstein
13 Midrahov Elizer Ben Yehudah
14 Yad Vashem Hannah Szenez
15 Modi'in Judah Maccabee
16 The Jordan River Joshua
17 The Galil Deborah
18 Tsipori Rabbi Yehudah ha-Nasi
19 T'veria Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon
20 Kibbutzim Berl Katznelson
21 The Kinneret Rachel Bluwstein
22 Tzfat Rabbi Isaac Luria
23 Haifa Elijah
24 Zikhron Ya'akov Edmond James De Rothschild
25 Tel Aviv Menahem Sheinkin
26 Independence Hall Meir Dizengoff
27 Kikar Rabin Yitzhak Rabin
28 Rehov Sheinkin Evan

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