Experience Modern Israel is a 112-page textbook and workbook meant for students to make a real connection. The lively writing and plentiful vignettes make for meaty non-fiction reading. The volume has a web component, rich with maps, video clips, music, games, facts and images accessible through the publisher’s website. The highly researched nine-chapter book describes the many varied aspects of the country. It does not shy away from challenging topics. Chapters focus on visiting the country, arts and culture, diversity, aspects of the Jewish state, history, security and conflict, the environment and the economy. Each chapter is rich with modern or historic photographs and graphics describing facts. “Meet-An-Israeli” boxes make an authentic connection for the young reader. The well-organized book makes the plentiful information easy to digest. Interactive sections spur thought on Israel including discussions on hot topics. One activity makes readers imagine they are in the middle of vibrant Israeli movements and activities such as army service or kibbutzim. The book makes Biblical connections to the modern land and explains how Jewish values like Bal Tashhit (Do Not Destroy) apply to everyday life in Israel. A Say-It-In-Hebrew section gives students who can read the language applicable language skills. Recommended for ages 10 – 12.
Dina Weinstein is a Richmond, Virginia-based writer.