Yom Ha’atzmaut - 5779



In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut 5779, the 71st birthday of the founding of the State of Israel, we offer a program based on Israel’s Declaration of Independence. 


This year we travel back in time, to the magical moment of the establishment of the State of Israel, when David Ben-Gurion read Israel’s Declaration of Independence (or as we will refer to it in this program in translation from Hebrew “the Independence Megillah”, or “The Megillah”) in Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. By reading this declaration aloud to the world, David Ben-Gurion spoke the State of Israel into existence.


The Megillah establishes the foundation for the guiding principles and values of the State of Israel and provides us with many insights into:

  • The history of the Jewish people and their connection to the land of Israel.
  • The character of a Jewish and Democratic state.
  • The relationship between the Jewish people and the Arab people.
  • The connection between the Jewish people who live in Israel and those living in the Diaspora.

We are using the Megillah in this program as a platform to talk about the vision of the State of Israel and how to connect it to our values in a way that will be relevant to our participant's lives.


We hope that you will find this program meaningful, topical, and interesting for you and your participants.


Below, please find links to all the pieces you will need to run your program:

  • Israel’s Declaration of Independence, divided into 6 puzzle pieces.  Each piece is two sided— On one side you have the text of the declaration itself and on the other side are guiding questions to serve as launching points for discussions.
  • 18 photos (3 photos for each section of text and the photos are numbered with their corresponding section).
  • A poster of the original Megillah.
  • A Facilitator Guide INCLUDING:
    • The full text of the Megillah for the facilitator’s reference.
    • The amazing story of the declaration’s history and why it almost didn’t arrive in time!

This program is created for middle school students and older.  If you have any questions about this program, please email [email protected].


Facilitators Guide

Megillah for Signature


Puzzle Pieces