Introduction to the Mixed Cities of Israel

A UK Task Force peula on the history of the mixed city of Lod

Group size: 15-20 (4 per group, can have as many groups as necessary in theory)
Age range: 11-18 year olds
Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Madrichim Needed: 2-4


  1. To provide chanichim with an awareness of Arab citizens of Israel
  2. To show the complex nature of mixed cities and integration in Israel
  3. To identify that the challenges are being addressed

Trigger (10 minutes including sit-down time)

  • Chanichim come in and sit down. Room set up with 4 chairs each around 4 tables.
  • You explain to them that they have been hired as city planners for a brand new city! They just need to design the perfect city. It should be easy - we have some building materials, some money, and some people who are moving there. Off you go!

Main (20 minutes)

  • Chanichim start city design using the materials on their tables and the parameters called out by madrich/a in the provided narrative.
  • Every 2-3 minutes however, the madrich/a will call out that something has happened, which may result in materials being gained or lost, money being gained or lost, or a new influx of people.
  • Chanichim can buy materials from the government (the madrich/a) with their money. They can also sell plots of land to gain more money. It will become more and more complicated and difficult to accommodate the changes, resulting probably in total chaos.

Sikkum (15 minutes)

  • Time is up! Chanichim present back their final city plans (buildings, people, design, neighbourhoods etc.) and the journey they took to get there. They also declare how much money they have left (10 minutes).
  • Ensure you finish with 3-5 minute discussion about how difficult it was to accommodate everyone and build the city successfully, and inform them that 20% of Israelis are Arab citizens (non-Jewish).
  • Also mention that there are several mixed cities in Israel (e.g. Haifa, the third biggest city in the country, and Jaffa, a very famous and popular place).
  • Identify that there are of course challenges faced (by both Arab citizens of Israel and others) in these mixed cities.

Conclude that more and more is being done to help integrate Arab citizens of Israel, e.g. increases in government funding, in this case "The Lod Foundation" that works to promote integration in the city by:

  • Hiring Arab police who can understand those communities better
  • Establishing a mixed university
  • Lowering residential property rent for students in order to bring them to the area
  • Providing inexpensive hire space for artists and creatives to encourage cultural regeneration
  • Encouraging mixed schools and projects for kids (e.g. jazz bands, choirs).

Resource List

  • Mixed Cities in Israel peula narrative sheet
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Multi-coloured lolly sticks
  • Blue tack
  • Crate paper
  • Sugar paper
  • Thin cardboard
  • Pritt stick glue
  • Scissors
  • Felt Tips
  • Ibble Dibbles
  • String
  • Table tennis balls
  • Any kind of lego/duplo materials
  • Plasticine/playdough or something similar they can mould
  • 64x Print outs of 10x10 dots for Hatzmi sheets