Many musical styles have influenced Israeli music - both Jewish and non-Jewish. Early in the country's formation, people engaged in sing alongs to help them develop a national identity. Immigrants from many countries in the Mid-East and Europe contributed to the sounds heard in Israel from Russian folk songs to Eastern European Klezmer music to Mid-Eastern Arab music to Yemenite Jewish music.
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Food in Israel
Israeli food is influenced by Mid-Eastern and European cuisines:
Humus and falafel: made from chick peas
Shakshuka: Eggs and tomato sauce
Fish: From the Mediterranean Sea
Sports in Israel
Soccer (called football in Israel), basketball, swimming, track and field and tennis are popular in Israel.
Basketball in Israel.
Zum Gali Gali
Zum gali gali gali, Zum gali gali, Zum gali gali gali, Zum gali gali.
The pioneer is meant for work, Work is meant for the pioneer. The pioneer is meant for work, Work is meant for the pioneer.
This week's folk song is "Zum Gali Gali", from Israel. The pioneers are the people who helped build the country in 1948. The song is a work sound and the rhythm and beat of the song help people work as they sing.
Geography: Israel is a country in the Mid-East part of Asia
Capital: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel
Israel has a population of 7.9 million people
Climate: Israel has a sub-tropical climate. It gets a lot of sunshine but has a rainy season from October to May. There is much temperature and rain variation depending on where in the country you are.