Celebration of Ramadan,
Hannukah and Christmas
"Today we won't give speeches, but let things speak for
themselves - but still let's say a few words as you arrive this evening:
the learning process that led up to today was rich, educational and moving
for all of us - grownups and children alike. We had an opportunity
both to learn about ourselves and about other cultures. Every day,
we felt that our thirst was as deep as the water in the well, but the
hands on the clock ran forward and here we are today with all that is
spread before us."
Thus began the school and kindergarten's commemoration of
the holy month of Ramadan and the Hannukah and Christmas festivals this
year, which all fell close together this year.
The staff and the children worked quite intensively
towards the event, preparing materials, explanatory information,
activities and music. The main display was in the auditorium, where
a large exhibition of traditional motifs from the holidays, together with art works
on related themes were presented together with explanatory material. After browsing through this exhibition, parents and children
were invited to the school and kindergarten, where activities had been
prepared. These included music and singing, quiz and board games
based on the festivals, computer presentations and other educational
The days leading up to the event were an intercultural and
interreligious experience that only an educational institution like the
NSWAS school and kindergarten can create. The preparations involved children and teachers,
as well as parents, who volunteered
materials and help. The evening was enjoyable and interesting.
Thanks to all those who helped in arranging the event, and
to our supporters on the outside who made it possible.
(photos by D. Kitain and H. Shippin.
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