Mini Israel Comes To Port Washington
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Mini-Israel is an immersive environment, and Paltiel says she expects it to become a community landmark and to set a new benchmark in cultural education. The vast space encompasses every aspect of the actual state of Israel, from an archeological dig that encourages children to use their gross motor skills, to a shuk (marketplace) that allows children to engage in a full sensory experience, to the Western Wall, which features a live feed to the actual Western Wall in real time.
There is also a camel, a garment district, a souvenir store, a candy store, a produce store, a spice shop, an outdoor chupah, and a dollhouse. Middle Eastern music will play throughout the space, and there is a café attached. “You really have it all,” Paltiel says.
Mini-Israel will be available to rent for Sunday birthday parties upon its opening. In the future, Paltiel says Chabad of Port Washington looks forward to hosting community and school groups, religious groups, private events, and visiting dignitaries.