(section includes part of a programme by Jeremy Leigh)
Time: 2 hours
Late (10 mins)
Introductory Game (5 mins):
Word association game - "I can see your teeth".
Participants go round in circle (can be just 2 or 3 people) and each say a word which is associated to the word before it (like mallet mallet)… the only catch being that nobody else can see your teeth (ie you have to cover up your teeth with your lips throughout the duration of the game). If you show your teeth then everybody screams "I can see your teeth" - without showing their teeth if not they're out as well!!
Starting words should be:
Europe Tour, Berlin etc.
Introduction to Europe tour (5 mins):
Ask them to read an extract from a previous year's tour diary. A suggested one is the last day of Europe tour '98.
Jewish travel (30 mins):
Trigger (1 min):
Read out the following statements:
Why travel around Europe?
Why visit places of Jewish History?
Why visit other communities around the world?
Why visit a shul that no one prays in anymore?
Why are we here today?
What are we preparing for?
What are the aims of Jewish travel?
Why are we travelling as part of a Jewish group?
We are here today preparing for a trip travelling across Europe, yet why have 29 other people, many of whom don't know each other decided to make this trip?
Written section (10 mins):
Put five pieces of A4 in front of them. On each one in the middle should be written one of the following words:
Pilgrimage, Tourist Experience, Educational Seminar, Adventure and Holiday
Ask them all to write on each flash card "the way each of these key words describes the experience you are soon to have on Europe Tour".
Each chanich should have a different coloured pen so as to be able to distinguish what they have written on the flash card later. They should write in English, although please note that this may take a lot longer.
Discussion (10 mins):
Spend ten minutes going through what everybody has written and why
Questions (15 mins):
Go back to the questions which were read out at the beginning - what do they think are the answers?
Make notes of their answers in order to be able to compare them with their answers at the evaluation seminar after tour.
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So where do ya think you're going? (30 mins):
Write the 4 cities that Europe Tour visits on separate pieces of paper. They have to match them up and put them in the order which they think the tour will take!
Check to see if they are right!
Give them all a copy of the tochnit for tour and a map of Europe.
Take a highlighter pen and with them go through the tour day by day marking on where they are travelling to.
Places or activities which the facilitator knows anything about should be commented on and explained.
Education (15 mins):
Purpose of this section is to explain that education is a key part of Europe Tour!
Give each of the chanachim the sheet entitled what is the purpose of Jewish education.
Ask them to choose the reason which is most meaningful to them and to explain why.
Point out the educational value in Europe Tour and explain that it will be a lot of fun but with a substantial amount of education.
Explain that on tour they will be given an educational choveret to brief them about all the places which they will visit. This will all be in English so at this juncture you should try to give them the previous years choveret so that they can read it at their own pace.
Logistics (10 mins):
You should cover the following topics:
Transport to and from airport
Host families in the UK
Gifts for host families
Payment for their flights and for tour
Questions and answers (10 mins):
Pay careful note as to what will be covered in future sessions
Ask for their help (4 mins):
Ask them to when the other tours arrive to describe the amazing time that they had whilst they were on Israel tour the year before. They should speak for approximately 3 mins each in English.
Conclusion (5 mins):
Read out a letter written by two previous tour participants at the end of their tour.
Elul 5760 - September 2000