Haggana - Hakamat Hamedina
Group Size: 5-30
Estimated Time: 90 minutes
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Teach about the struggles of Jewish Defense before the State of Israel, and the role played in the establishment of the State.
- large sock
- nerf ball or stuffed animal
Starting in 1920 and continuing throughout the 30’s, the Jewish settlements in
Game 1: Military Training
Play a series of games with the chanichim to simulate military training. Give a little background, explaining that you are the Hagana preparing to defend Jewish settlements in the 30’s. Explain that these settlements are weak and vulnerable, and need a strong force to protect them from Arab riots. Several possible games include:
a) relay race(s). These could simply be races back and forth, or more creative (one pair might need to wheelbarrow, while another person hops, another has to carry someone on his/her back, etc.)
b)Pick two chanichim. Have them position themselves as if they are about to do pushups, heads about 6 inches apart facing each other. The goal is to slap the opponent’s arms to make them fall. No grabbing is allowed.
c) Have two chanichim stand facing each other, separated by a foot, with feet shoulder length apart. They hold up their hands with their palms facing each other, but not touching. The two slap palms together to try and knock each other off balance. No grabbing is allowed. The first to move his/her foot loses.
Feel free to be creative here and come up with your own games/activities for this purpose.
Game 2: Choma U’Migdal
During the 30s,
Divide the group into two or more kvutzot, so that each group has about 4-6 people in it. Give each group a package of cups to use as building equipment. Each group must build a Choma U’Migdal settlement in as little time as possible (this can be a race.) Give them specific requirements, such as a tower 10 cups high and a two story wall with an area of 5x5 cups (for example).
Game 3: Obstacle Course/Bridge Bombing
After the end of World War II, the Hagana entered a new state of existence. As of 1946, instead of simply defending Jewish settlements, it was also concerned with Battling the British, who were refusing to let Jewish refugees from