My Israel Meme

During this activity, staff or older campers will delve into their own relationship with Israel, creating memes on "How I see Israel" in relation to their parents, friends, classmates, teachers, and the media.

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Core Learnings: 

"My Israel," my relationship to and view of Israel, may be very different than other people's perspectives.
For staff, it is important to understand one's own relationship to Israel before teaching others about Israel.
Sharing stories and experiences related to Israel helps others understand "My Israel."
People's views of Israel change over time and are influenced by their knowledge, their experience with Israelis, whether they have traveled there and what they believe.

Explanation: 

  1. We are now going to create memes that reflect our personal vision of Israel and other people's ideas of Israel.
  2. Each participant should receive one large piece of paper with six spots for photographs. If computers are available, they can do this exercise with a google image search. Otherwise, print out the photographs provided. For a low tech version, participants can write or draw their visions.
  3. Participants are encouraged to choose their own labels for each box. They can even choose specific people in their lives if they have distinct views of Israel (i.e. a certain member of their family or friend, a group of students at school, etc.). Below are examples:
  • What my parents think it's like.
  • What my friends think it's like.
  • What the media thinks it's like.
  • What my grandparents think it's like.
  • What my rabbi thinks it's like.
  • What my teacher thinks it's like.
  1. Included in each meme should be "What I think it's like" and "What it's really like."
  2. Allow them to choose the photographs that work with each heading.

Variations: 

  1. This activity is great for staff week as a way of reminding the staff that when we say Israel, we "see" many different things and receive many different contradictory messages. As educators, our job is to know and be able to tell our own story, in contrast to other people's stories.
  2. Campers can create memes after participating in other activities that focus on specific Israeli cities or figures. 

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Comments

Meme about Israel

Love THIS! A definite and also for Staff week!

I really like this one too -

I really like this one too - it would be interesting to think of what other "memes" would be applicable. Of course, the challenge is how relative the activity is after the popularity of the meme wains.

My Israel

I really like this activity, because you can make it more or less detailed for different   age groups, or maybe ask different questions. And, I agree with Adam, about what happens after the thrill of the MEME wears off. That is why it would be very important to construct good questions, and then construct some type of "protocol" for the creators to share theirs. Maybe, we use the Israeli staff to present one of their, and that way they can "teach" about Israel.

 

Some ideas? What I think? what I know? kind of like a KWL but in a Meme.

Concerns? Supplies? It says that Goodman supplies, but are we talking real photos? Because magazines with real pix of Israel would be great.

 

Yes! And providing  pictures

Yes! And providing  pictures from Israeli sources (and giving background info to those photos in the "leader's guide) would provide additional opportunities for expanding the learning objectives.

Ben Rotenberg's picture

Asking them to extend

I think the great part of the Meme activity is that the materials can be created within camp, or brought in from the outside. I would use the photos that staff take on their own trips to Israel, or the photos from the Israeli Shlichim who are coming in to camp.  

This activity would be great if we could ask an extra question :  How would our grandparents, or Great - grandparents have thought about Israel? It might make important connections between Israeli staff and American campers.

Awesome activity!

We've been running this activity with some of our older camps since the beginning of the session, and for the most part they all seem to really enjoy it, along with some modifications we've made. Our variation is:

Our Schlichim first teach the girls how to make their body into the shape of the map of Israel (I can't really describe it, but I'll try to get a picture and upload it later). They talk briefly about the geographic features of Israel and different cities/places. Then the campers are split into 2-3 groups. A volunteer lays down on a large piece of paper and makes the map, and is traced by her teammates. Then, we asked campers to write down (in one color marker) what their friends thought about Israel, what their parents thought about Israel (another color), and what they thought about Israel (a third color). Then, we had each team come up with a creative way to present their map to the other teams - ideas including song/rap, skit, game show, etc. After the presentations, the girls engaged in a discussion about Israel and the different perceptions of the country/what influences those perspectives.