Explore Israel With These Activities

Posted June 01, 2017  | Written by PJ Our Way Team


In honor of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, check out these activities. Explore the sights and sounds of Israel right from your own home!

Girl playing matkot

Play “matkot” or beach paddle ball – it’s one of the most popular recreational sports in Israel. You don’t need a beach to play either, just a paddle set from your local sporting goods or toy store, and a friend.


The Dead Sea

Israel has the highest number of academics per capita in the world! Exercise your brain by trying a science experiment based on Israel’s Dead Sea. Place an egg in a glass of water, slowly start adding salt. Keep adding until the egg floats to the top – what makes that happen?

Watermelon and feta

Did you know that Israelis eat watermelon with feta cheese? This is one of the most popular summer treats served in the best beach-side cafés in Tel Aviv. Enjoy this popular Israeli treat by combining cubed watermelon with sliced feta, sprinkle with salt, and enjoy! You can also make the recipe below:

Plate of Hummous

Bring a little bit of Israel into your home by turning store bought American hummous into real Israeli hummous. Scroll down for the recipe.

  • One container of your favorite store bought hummus
  • ¼ cup cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Extra olive oil, paprika, and zaatar for garnish
  • Fresh pita
  • Empty one container of your favorite store bought hummus into a shallow round dish.
  • Add ¼ cup cold pressed olive oil, and mix until smooth.
  • Add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp garlic powder, and mix until smooth.
  • Smooth the hummus with the back of a spoon.
  • Drizzle olive oil, paprika, and zaatar over the top for garnish.
  • Warm up your fresh pita and dig in!
Hand placing a note in the Western Wall
Placing notes with prayers in the cracks in the Western Wall in Jerusalem dates to the early eighteenth century. Over a million notes are placed there each year. If you could put a message in the wall today, what would it say?


This symbol has been Jerusalem’s official emblem since 1950 and includes the symbol of the lion representing the lion of Judah, the Western Wall, and the olive branch representing the quest for peace. If your family designed a family emblem, what would you include?

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