The teachers created the special Monopoly game in order to impart knowledge and educational, Zionist, and ecological values, with KKL-JNF at the center. They hired a company to produce the product and printed Israeli-style play money that looks completely real, together with cards containing questions and tasks about various topics connected to the State of Israel and KKL-JNF. They also included all the places in Israel that they had visited on the game board. The teachers produced ten such kits for Land of Israel and Jewish studies. The game boxes feature the logos of both KKL-JNF and the Emanuel School.
The event at the school began with remarks by Terry Aizen
, in which he expressed his gratitude to the school and to KKL-JNF for their work and partnership. Michelle Favero
, the Emanuel School Marketing and Communications Director, who also emceed the event, spoke about the delegation’s visit to Israel. “We traveled the length and breadth of that magnificent country, visiting schools, research facilities, agricultural projects, kibbutzim, areas of extraordinary natural beauty, mountains and tunnels. We climbed by way of Safed in the rain, watched migrating birds, wept with parents who mourned the loss of their children, walked in the footsteps of soldiers at Ammunition Hill, honored the ANZAC soldiers
who are buried in Be’er Sheva, sang ‘Hatikvah’ at Yad Vashem, and rode on a jeep trail on the Golan Heights
. I am so very grateful for the opportunity that KKL-JNF and our school gave me.”
After the opening remarks and the expressions of thanks, the teaching staff presented the various exhibits and the year’s projects, and began playing the Monopoly game that they had created. The games were played in small groups, with a banker at each table who had been part of the teachers’ delegation to Israel. Each group served the players foods from Israel - candies, hummus, vegetables, and Bissli snacks.
KKL-JNF Emissary Yigal Nisell showed a film that summed up the delegation’s experience in Israel, and thanked the school for its vision, investment, and recognition of the shared goal of education and knowledge of the State of Israel and Zionism.
He said, “It is all very well to express enthusiasm and appreciation for KKL-JNF for its work. But to get something tangible out of it that will serve thousands of pupils over the coming years as a result of the cooperative effort - that is something that happens once in a while. I have been privileged to see that during my work as an emissary, and it gives me immense satisfaction.”
Nisell added that the next delegation will contain seventy teachers from four Australian cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane. “After the previous delegation, our goal is to show Israel via KKL-JNF. Why KKL-JNF? Because there is no other organization in Israel like KKL-JNF that can proudly declare that its work contributed to the establishment of the state and still contributes to Israel’s development and strength.”