The iCenter is proud to be the North American partner of SpaceIL, whose ingenuity and perseverance made Israel the seventh country to get to the Moon, and the fourth country to reach the surface. The spacecraft, aptly named Beresheet (“In the Beginning,” and also the first word in the Torah) marked the first private lunar initiative, the smallest spacecraft by weight, and the longest journey from the Earth to the Moon.
SpaceIL’s collective vision is to create a new “Apollo Effect”—or rather, the “Beresheet Effect”—to inspire the next generation in Israel and around the world to think differently about science, engineering, technology, and math. It inspires critical thinking and engagement. Through this mission and the materials below, the next generation can deepen their relationship with Israel, and further spark their curiosity to dream and achieve.
TAKE ISRAEL TO THE MOON
STORIES THAT PORTRAITS TELL: ILAN RAMON
WAYS TO USE SPACEIL RESOURCES
SpaceIL is a natural fit for a variety of different areas in your educational setting. While the following ideas were inspired by using SpaceIL at summer camp, they can also be a launch pad for you to creatively to infuse the messages and excitement around SpaceIL into any setting.
PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE: A LIGHT UNTO THE NATIONS
Israel’s annual Yom Ha’atzmaut – Independence Day – celebrations are launched with a ceremony that highlights individuals who continue to build up the State of Israel and inspire others to do so. “The Israeli Spirit” was the theme for the celebration of Israel’s 71st anniversary. Each year, a diverse group of people representing a variety of fields are chosen to light one of the 12 torches (representing the 12 Tribes of Israel). Each torch lighter introduces themselves and closes with the words “U’le’tiferet Medinat Yisrael” (“To the glory of the State of Israel”). Among those honored as torchlighters in 2019: the co-founder of SpaceIL and the lead philanthropist who provided funding to drive the effort.
Turn any space into a place to learn about Israel’s race to the Moon — and dream their own big dreams! Hang the posters featuring Ilan Ramon, SpaceIL, and details about the planets and the Moon in high-traffic areas.
Whether these songs serve as the focal point, or are integrated into the environment during other SpaceIL activities, enjoy these curated Moon Party playlists for free. The music may be played through this page, or save either playlist in your own account through the Spotify application. You may create a Spotify account for free! Please contact us with any questions or technical issues (or ask any kid…they know).
- Translate Hebrew song titles and lyrics to learn new words!
- Why do you think each song was included?
- Which feelings does each song convey?
- What’s the meaning behind the lyrics?
- What would your Moon Party playlist look like?