During the second semester, Tuesday is a day designated for group activities instead of volunteering. The most exciting aspect of Yom Nativ is that a small number of participants from the group are in charge of what the group does that day. In their vaadot, the group chooses the topic and plans a full day’s worth of fun and educational activities related to the subject. Examples include:
- Yom Business, which included a human-sized Monopoly game about Israeli start-up companies, a tour of a successful start-up company’s offices, and a movie and discussion about business ethics;
- Yom Negev, which included a short hike around Yerucham, a visit to the Bedouin village immediately outside of Yerucham, and a conversation with a citizen of Yerucham whose family has been there since the city was founded; and
- Yom Israeli Culture, which included an arts workshop, a debate about the clash between ethnic groups in Israel, and a group “Eurovision” talent show in the evening.
Being involved in the planning on a Yom Nativ is a great opportunity to sharpen one’s leadership skills and practice planning programming for their peers!