The children of Midbar Kodesh Temple's Early Childhood Center celebrated Israel's Independence Day, Yom Ha'atzmaaut, with flags and festivities. They sang Israeli songs and painted their own Israeli flags.
The children learned that in Israel a two-minute siren is sounded all over the country, and families celebrate the day with picnics and parties and decorate their homes with flags.
Yom Ha'atzmaaut is founded on the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel by the Jewish leadership headed by the then future Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion on May 14, 1948. The mood outside of Ben-Gurion's home, just prior to the declaration, was joyous. People were dancing in the street in celebration as Ben-Gurion read the from the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel:
"We offer peace and amity to all the neighboring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East."
The Midbar Kodesh Temple Early Childhood Center is currently enrolling for Fall 2016-Spring 2017 for ages 18 months to pre-K. The Early Childhood Center includes curriculum in secular and Judaic studies. The program teaches morals and ethics grounded in Judaic values. To find out more or schedule a tour, go online to midbarkodesh.org or call 702.454.4848