Israel Resource Cards

A deck of cards is one of the oldest forms of entertainment around. Hundreds of games and activities have been created using just a single deck. These cards have been used extensively across multiple educational settings. They are rich in content and designed to model excellence in Israel education. We offer ideas for using the cards to help build relationships among and between participants, and to empower them to take ownership of their learning as they discover many of Israel's stories and deepen their own connections to those stories.

כרטיסי השראה

חפיסת כרטיסים היא אחת הדרכים הותיקות לבידור והנאה. אלפי משחקים ופעילויות חבויים בתוך חפיסת כרטיסים אחת. הכרטיסים שלפניכם היו בשימוש במגוון רחב של הקשרים חינוכיים. הם עשירים בתוכן ועוצבו כמודל למצויינות בהוראה לישראל. אנו מציעים מגוון של רעיונות לשימוש בכרטיסים על מנת ליצור מערכות יחסים עם המשתתפים וביניהם, ולהעצים אותם להיות אקטיבים בלמידה שלהם. דרך הכרטיסים, הם יוכלו לגלות את הסיפורים של ישראל ולהעמיק את הקשר האישי שלהם אל הסיפורים הללו.

WHAT'S IN A DECK?

This newest iteration of our widely-popular Israel Resource Cards uses a holistic approach to showcase many aspects of the people, places, sites, events, and cultures of Israel. These cards were written to reflect a relational approach to education and aim to bring to life the rich stories and narratives that help shape our relationships with Israel and Israelis.

In the playful style of Trivial Pursuit, cards are organized in the following categories:

מה יש בחפיסה?

המהדורה החדשה של הכרטיסים הפופולריים שלנו להוראת ישראל משתמשת בגישה חינוכית-הוליסטית המציגה מנעד רחב של אנשים, מקומות, אתרים, אירועים, ותרבויות בארץ. הכרטיסים האלה נוצרו על מנת לשקף הגישה של חינוך באמצעות זיקה ומבקשת להפיח חיים בעושר הסיפורים והנרטיבים שמעצבים את היחסים שלנו עם ישראל וישראליים.

אנו מזמינים אתכם לחשוב על חפיסת הכרטיסים דרך הקטגוריות הבאות: 

SITES AND INSIGHTS

SITES AND INSIGHTS

Cards in this category highlight some of the most iconic sites in Israel, with an emphasis on the insights that will keep you thinking long after you’ve seen them in your rear view mirror. Some of them date back thousands of years, while others are quite modern, but all of them offer opportunities to connect your own story to the story of Israel, as you claim your place in the bigger picture.

THE MANY FACES OF ISRAEL

THE MANY FACES OF ISREAEL

Cards in this category focus on a broad sampling of sectors of Israeli society—where they came from, what they contribute to the country, and how they fit into the vibrant reality of modern Israel. You’ll find information about Jews, Muslims, Christians, Arabs, Druse, Bedouin, and others. Each card shines a light on a part of society, and whether they’ve lived in Israel for centuries or have more recently returned, they all help shape Israeli society as it marches into the future.

GEOGRAPHY

GEOGRAPHY

Cards in this category focus on the biggest cities in the country, along with a few smaller ones, geographical and political regions, and bodies of water. You’ll learn where they’re located, what makes them special, and a few random facts that are sure to surprise you.

SPORTS AND LEISURE

SPORTS AND LEISURE

Cards in this category focus on multiple aspects of the sports and leisure scene in Israel, including how and where people train and the public’s love for professional sports and international competition. Use them to highlight and draw connections to your community’s favorite pastimes, and to learn about uniquely Israeli pursuits.

LEADERSHIP

LEADERSHIP

Cards in this category highlight a range of people, living and dead, whose lives and actions have helped to shape the course of Israel’s history. Some of them are household names, while others are less well known. All of them bring messages of leadership and passion that can enrich our lives and help shape our own stories.

ARTS AND CULTURE

ARTS AND CULTURE

Arts and Culture include Cuisine, Visual Arts, Music, Literature, Media, and Place. Cards in these categories offer a crash course on what’s happening in Israeli music, design, bookstores, theaters, restaurants, and more. They capture the reality of how a country where so many traditions come together yields a dizzying array of trailblazing artists, musicians, writers, and chefs whose work has both local and global impact.

ARTS AND CULTURE | CUISINE

ARTS AND CULTURE | CUISINE

Arts and Culture include Cuisine, Visual Arts, Music, Literature, Media, and Place. Cards in these categories offer a crash course on what’s happening in Israeli music, design, bookstores, theaters, restaurants, and more. They capture the reality of how a country where so many traditions come together yields a dizzying array of trailblazing artists, musicians, writers, and chefs whose work has both local and global impact.

MOMENTS IN MODERN ISRAELI HISTORY

MOMENTS IN MODERN ISRAELI HISTORY

Cards in this category highlight a few significant moments that have created the timeline of modern Israeli history. From the Declaration of Independence to the summer that Israelis took to the streets demanding a lower cost of living, Israel is filled both with moments that have shaped history and moments that have changed the course of history.

INNOVATION

INNOVATION

Cards in this category focus on a few examples of the innovations emerging from Israel and helping to make the world a better place. You’ll find examples of stunning technological advances, as well as myriad social start-ups that benefit Israel and the world. These innovations bring people together in song, harness goodwill and expertise to save lives, and present optimistic ideas for the future.

CORE TEXTS

CORE TEXTS

Cards in this category provide a bird’s-eye view of a handful of key texts that can enrich any Israel-related programs, activities, and discussions. There are many ways to approach notions of Jewish sovereignty, the ethics of war, the nature of Israeli society, and more—and all of those ways take on greater meaning with the added insights of these core texts.

WAYS TO USE THESE CARDS

With the suggested activities listed below, consider the following questions:

  • What are my goals?
  • How might I use these cards to support my goals?
  • How do I imagine participants interacting with/using these cards?
  • What cards should I use? What cards are not here that I could add?

Choose a handful of cards with which participants may be familiar. In small groups, each group chooses three cards. Each group then constructs a “day in Israel” using these three cards. Suggested steps:

  • Brainstorm all possible themes that might link the three cards together. Then choose one theme to construct your day.
  • Create an opening activity and a closing activity for the day.
  • Describe the narrative thread that connects the three cards.

Remember, this isn’t about reality–so put aside the fact that you might not be able to go from Tel Aviv to Eilat to Haifa all in one day. It’s about process!

Each player selects seven cards at random. Reading their cards, they need to ask other players for specific cards that they think will go with their card. For example, if a player is holding the David Ben-Gurion card, perhaps they ask for the Negev card since the two have an association. Upon laying down the pairs, each player needs to explain the way(s) in which the cards are connected. This may require the player to extend their imagination a bit. If they aren’t sure of their card, they can choose from the middle pile of cards, and pose a question, theme, idea, or statement that somehow connects the two cards.

Other games that you can adapt include Apples to Apples, Bingo, and a kid-friendly Israel Resource Card Poker game using Israeli shekels.

Choose only the “People” cards and ask the group: If you had to tell the story of Israel through the narrative of five people, who would you choose? Which five people collectively tell the story of Israel? 

Have each group share and discuss why they chose these figures.

Ask participants to choose three cards that relate to Passover (or Purim, Rosh Hashanah, etc.). In small groups, have them explain the reason they chose each card. Ask one person from each group to share with the larger group.

For an older audience:
Ask them to create a theme that emerged from that conversation (i.e., freedom, belonging, or home).

Utilize them as a tool on an Israel experience to empower North American staff to “share the stories” (i.e., Hannah Senesh’s story on Har Herzl or in Caesaria, or the poet Rachel at the Kinneret cemetery).

With all the cards spread out on the floor, ask participants to do a “gallery walk” and:

  • Version 1: Pick out one or two cards that resonate with them. Go around the circle and have participants share why they chose the cards that they did.
  • Version 2: Have people pick one card that resonates with them and one that they'd like to learn more about—have them share both stories.
  • Version 3: Pick one card from each category (People, Events, Places, Symbols). Have participants explain why they chose each card and find connections between the cards from the different categories.
In 2002, in response to terror attacks Cards in this category highlight some of the most iconic sites in Israel, with an emphasis on the insights that will keep you thinking long after you’ve seen them in your rear view mirror. Some of them date back thousands of years, while others are quite modern, but all of them offer opportunities to connect your own story to the story of Israel, as you claim your place in the bigger picture.

EXPLORE EDITIONS

A number of different editions of Israel Resource Cards have been developed to bring Israel stories and content to your learners in a variety of fun and educational ways. Each of these sets include a sampling of cards chosen to support different educational goals within specific settings, and are not intended to be comprehensive. Explore the many different editions below.

Israel Experience Edition

Included in this edition are cards that can be useful for introducing participants to people, places, and ideas that they may encounter of their Israel experience.

Download Israel Experience Edition

Day School Edition

Included in this edition are cards that support some common Israel education standards for day schools.

Download Day School Edition

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