July 16, 2012

Group 4 headed to the Olympic museum this morning where they were joined by an Israeli professional basketball player, Carmel Bouchman. He spoke to the group about being both Jewish and an athlete. Then they went to Dialogue in the Dark; they were led by an experienced tour guide who was blind, through darkness. Their next stop was base where they rested for a bit and went to the supermarket. After dinner they were joined by Neil Lazarus who talked to everyone about the Arab-Israeli conflict.

July 16, 2012

Group 3 started their day with a volunteer project in Kiryat Shmona; they built benches for communal gardens in deprived neighborhood. After, they went to Kibbutz Neot Mordechai where they had the opportunity to try on and purchase sandals at the famous Naot factory. Then they had an awesome time kayaking in the Jordan River! In the evening the group had an “army night” where they learned about the tactics of the Israel Defense Forces.

July 16, 2012

The group spent their day learning about Mitzvah and Tikun Olam work with Danny Siegel. In the morning they went to Kiryat Ono and visited an organization that supports girlfriends of soldiers who were killed. Then they had lunch and talked about other “mitzvah heroes” as well as volunteer opportunities in their home communities. In the afternoon they talked to someone in charge of an organization that helps righteous gentiles. Then they watched the movie about Michael Levin, a lone Israeli soldier who emigrated from the United States and was killed in combat in 2006. In the evening the group ate dinner and went out for a fun evening on Ben Yehuda street.

July 16, 2012

Group 1 woke up at an early hour of 5:30am to continue their desert experience with a hike before sunrise where they davened shacharit and watched the sunrise. Then they made lunch and headed to Kibbutz Yotvata, which produces some of the most delicious milk products in Israel, so everyone got to enjoy ice cream on a very hot day. Their next stop was their base in Eilat to shower and rest before a battle of the sexes program. In the evening, after dinner, they went on an awesome disco boat ride with groups 5 and 8 around Eilat!

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