IDF soldiers and children from Akko on behalf of communities in the USA

  Border Patrol soldiers preparing works of art for the partnership communities

Soldiers serving with the Border Patrol surprised us with their artistic talents during a joint arts and crafts activity in the Musical Kindergarten with children attending the “Pretty Butterfly” and “Yasmin” kindergartens in Akko. These kindergartens, guided by their great and enthusiastic kindergarten teachers – Margalit Fogel and Sofi Bierski, operate as part of the “Hava Nagila Gan” program of the Western Galilee partnership and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

During this creative activity the soldiers, together with the children, made flags with original drawings and greetings for a positive and successful activity year. The flags were sent to our partnership communities and presently decorate the walls of preschools and JCC centers in Omaha, Nebraska and Austin, Texas.

Efrat Srebro, who initiated and runs the international educational programs site “Hava Nagila Gan,” says that this is just the beginning of a welcome connection between IDF soldiers and preschool children, and the communities in the USA, a connection that has generated great interest and appreciation in the communities across the ocean. Two additional projects are already being planned for the upcoming Chanukah holiday for children in Israel and the USA and the Border Patrol soldiers.

Teachers from the preschool teaching staff in Austin, Texas hold the children’s flags alongside Israeli and American flags.

Last September the northern border was decorated with dozens of colorful canvas stars that were made by different groups of children from Israel and abroad, to help bring joy to IDF soldiers guarding the border. Now, in a symbolic gesture, the Border Patrol soldiers are sending works of art to the communities that were made together with the preschool children in Akko.


The Friedel Jewish Academy school at the JCC in Omaha, Nebraska.


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