Over 600 people attended the Bnei Akiva of New York and Bnei Akiva's Camp Moshava Ba’ir Israel Carnival held at Ahavath Torah in Englewood this week in honor of Chodesh Adar.
The lobbies, halls, and many rooms of the beautiful new shul rang with laughter, happiness, and good Israeli feeling as children and their parents enjoyed the carnival attractions. After 'arriving in Eretz Yisrael' and receiving a darkon (passport) and a handful of 20 shekel bills, each participant got to fish in the Kinneret, play basketball with Maccabi Tel Aviv and football at Kraft Stadium, march along the Shvil Yisrael, golf at Caesaria, bowl in Modiin, and much more.
Along with rooms full of games and prizes, including original Moshava teddy bears, special attractions included opportunities to join a darbuka drum circle, to “bake” models of Israel, to view an original theatrical production, and to learn clowning.
Liad Zimmerman, World Bnei Akiva's regional Shaliach to New York and New Jersey: "There was an amazing Israeli atmosphere, thanks to the Israeli Bnei Akiva Shlichot and Sherut Leumi girls, Bnei Akiva alumni and the Camp's staff. Every activity planned at Bnei Akiva's Carnival was adapted to the Israeli culture, which is just another way to connect the children of New York and New Jersey to Israel".