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Judaism Class Play or Assembly

Judaism Class Play or Assembly

Judaism Class Play or AssemblyApproximate duration: 10 minutesCast of 30 (may be easily reduced by doubling up)This play all about the Jewish faith, features:Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Moses, Pharaoh, David, King Saul, Goliath, Solomon and Judas Maccabaeus - plus children providing background information on history, festivals, customs, etc. Also available off TES or www.plays-r-ussell.com :• Hanukkah Class Play• 6 speaker script on the 5 major religions of the world, each representative interviewed by an atheist, who has equal respect for all 5, and is instrumental in relaying the central message - which is that there is plenty of room for all religions to exist and how their differences should be celebrated whilst noting just how much they actually have in common.Sample textNarrator: Thank you! And so the Israelites found themselves back in the Promised Land.(Enter David)David: Back in Canaan, from where that nomadic tribe of Hebrews had set off all those years ago! A happy return!Narrator: And you, King David, made Jerusalem your capital.(Enter King Saul)King Saul: Hey! Not so fast! I was the first king!David: But who was it that killed not just thousands, but tens of thousands of the enemy?King Saul: Show off! Just because I allowed you to take on(Sound of grunting and stamping as ‘giant' Goliath stomps on)Goliath: Me! (Bracing muscles) The mighty Goliath! Champion fighter of the Philistines! Come on, you cowardly Israelites! Who is man enough to face me?(King Saul pushing David forward)King Saul: Well, go on, then! What are you waiting for? Here! Take my helmet, suit of armour and sword! (Laughing) What are you going to fight him with otherwise? Your bare hands?

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Hanukkah Class Play or Assembly

Hanukkah Class Play or Assembly

Hanukkah Class Play Sometimes referred to as Chanukah, Hannukah or ChannukahCast of 30Duration: around 10 minutes reading time, not including songs, poetry, prayer or jokes.Two miracles - and some very keen combatants! Our narrator certainly has his work cut out for him on this one!Also available: Class Play on Judaism – available from TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com Sample Text:Narrator: (Wiping his brow) Phew! Those Maccabees! Bit of a lively lot! Let’s look at how Hanukkah is celebrated before we return to them!Child 10: But we haven’t said what Hanukkah is yet!(Narrator consults his notes)Narrator: Oh really? Well, fancy missing that bit out! Please proceed! Now let’s see. Maybe we should start with what Hanukkah means?Child 11: Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word meaning ‘dedication’.Narrator: Ah, Hebrew you say?Child 11: That’s right. This is, after all, a Jewish festival.Child 12: That’s because it was the Jewish people who were persecuted all those years ago!Child 13: Over 2,000 years ago to be precise!Child 14: It was in the year 167 BC that a certain Syrian-Greek emperor(Enter Antiochus Epiphanes)Antiochus: (Interrupting) That would be me, Antiochus Epiphanes!Child 14: (Continuing) Invaded Judea(Enter Mattathias)Mattathias: (Furiously) And defiled my temple! Despicable what he and his forces did!Antiochus: (Defiantly) Well, you know what they say? Out with the old, in with the new!

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