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DAY 96. Erica Weiner, MITF (Beit She'an)">DAY 96. Erica Weiner, MITF (Beit She'an)

Posted December 17th, 2017

My lesson this week is all about Hanukkah! I made a great poster! I had 5th and 4th grade lessons today. We discussed how I celebrate Hanukkah in the States with my family and how they celebrate in Beit She’an with their family. It was interesting trying to tell them that I usually say “nes gadol haya sham” (a big miracle happened there) while they say “nes gadol haya po” (a big miracle happened here). It was a bit of a confusing concept for them. Eventually they understand that only people in Israel say “here” because that is where the miracle happened! I taught them the English words for doughnuts, potato pancakes (fun fact: latkes is actually Yiddush!), candles, and dreidels (yes, that one is Yiddush). We also made Hanukkah cards to give to their family. I had weaker students during one of my lessons with the 5th grade boys. One of my students didn’t know how to write his name in English but I taught him! He wrote his card to his Mom and Dad, the content is in Hebrew, BUT he was able to sign his card in English so that was amazing. My other student wrote his card to his Grandma. They were both very excited to give them to their family members next week.

So many students told me today that this was the best English lesson they have ever had!


I was in such a holiday mood, I went to the grocery store and bought potatoes. I came home and made latkes! They were delicious!

I went to the community center tonight and 14 children came to come cook with me! On tonight’s menu: pizza! A crowd favorite. It was so much fun! The kids all asked if I was coming back tomorrow to teach them something new to make.

Overall, today was a good day.

Read more from Erica's blog - Erica's Journey


Happy Thanksgiving!">Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted December 6th, 2017
by Heather Hammerling, MITF Netanya
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to teach my students about the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving! The students had so much fun learning about all of the foods we eat and talking about all of the things that they are thankful for. For our activity, I had the students create "turkey crowns" that they could bring home and share with their families. Two of my fellow teachers who work at a different school shared this activity with me, and the kids loved it! Each student had to write down something that they were thankful for on each of the turkey's wings. It was really sweet to see what the students came up with and also a great way for them to learn some new vocabulary words.
After talking about Thanksgiving all day long with the kids, I got to come back and prepare for our Masa "Friends-giving" celebration. This was organized by some people in our Netanya cohort (which is in total 30 Americans/Canadians).  A google doc was created beforehand so everyone knew what they were bringing and there was SO much good food. It was so heartwarming to have everyone together and of course eat all of the delicious food. We stuck to a mainly "traditional" thanksgiving menu, however there were some variations and new additions that made the meal that much more fun. It is during moments like these that I feel so grateful to be a part of such a community and have a home away from home.
This weekend we have off on Sunday, so we are getting ready to have a fun long weekend! My roommates and I are going to hike part of the Israel trail on Saturday and then spend the day in Acre (Akko) on Sunday! Overall, I am having a very festive weekend and enjoying every moment of it!
Check out some pictures from my Israeli Thanksgiving celebrations below :)
Read More in Heather's blog Sunshine In The City 

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