Eshkol School has started its twinning with Akiva Academy in Dallas, Texas.
The connection was established during the 2010 Chanukah delegation, when Ahuva Lavie, principal of Eshkol School in Akko, and Merav Ohayun, a science teacher at the school, came to visit Akiva Academy.
During their visit, Ahuva and Merav delivered workshops and interactive lessons on light and oil. These workshops included among other things scientific experiments and fun activities that related to Chanukah.
As part of their visit they met with Rabbi Silver, who heads the Academy, and with Rabbi Meir Sabo, who teaches Jewish subjects, and together they built a work plan for the upcoming years.
The projects they conceived in Dallas are:
1. My Land of Israel:
A. Students from Eshkol School will take pictures of sites they visited and send them to their friends at Akiva Academy. Their friends will ask questions about the sites and both of the groups will write each other about the sites that the students in Israel visited.
B. Next, one site in Israel will be chosen. The Israeli and American students will have to investigate and share their knowledge about this site. (The first locations will be Jerusalem, Akko and the Carmel mountain.)
C. Both schools will watch the same videos of scenery in Israel and will discuss them through letters and emails.
2. Having a joint Seder of Tu Bishvat: Both of the schools plan to hold a full Seder of Tu Bishvat on the evening of Tu Bishvat through a video conference. The evening will include texts, explanations and songs about each of the fruits of Israel. A Seder of Tu Bishvat is available at the Web site of the Israeli Ministry of Education:
We wish you fruitful work!