July 9, 2012

The group started their morning at the Genscher Cemetery in Warsaw, which has graves from various leading rabbis. Then they went to the Janusz Korczak memorial; Janusz Korczak worked as a the director of an orphanage in Warsaw and refused freedom when it was offered. As a result, he, along with his orphans, were sent to Treblinka extermination camp. Afterwards, they walked along the Heroes trail around the Warsaw ghetto and learned about the heroes of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. They headed to the Umschlagplatz in Warsaw, which was the site of deportation of the Jews. Then they ate lunch and toured Treblinka, the extermination camp, as well as participated in a memorial ceremony. The group headed to the old town square for some free time and dinner before heading to the airport! Everyone is really excited to get to Israel!

July 9, 2012

The group headed to the negev this morning and started their day with a visit to Ben Gurion’s grave. Then they went for a walk in Ein Ovdat, practiced for Haevent and visited Ben Gurion’s home. After, they headed to Arad for more Haevent practice and an evening of gender bonding.

July 9, 2012

The group headed to the Golan Heights this morning where they had a wonderful water hike at the beautiful canyon of the Jilabun. Then they went to Mitzpe Gadot and had an opportunity view of the valley. After, they went to Kibbutz El Rom to visit the “Oz 77” monument on the very battlefield where tanks clashed in 1973. There they saw a short film about the heroic Oz 77 Tank Brigade which fought against overwhelming odds to successfully defend the Golan during the Yom Kippur War. After they had a delicious pizza lunch, they got to go cherry picking and try the great fruits! The group headed to a Har Bental – a mountain overlooking Syria. There they learned about the importance of the Golan Heights for Israel and discussed the significance of the Yom Kippur War. After, they went to Kibbutz Neot Mordechai where they had the opportunity to try on and purchase sandals at the famous Naot factory. For dinner the group went to Tveria and enjoyed free time and some shopping. In the evening they practiced for Haevent and played a game of basketball of staff versus kids!

July 9, 2012

Group 3 went to Adulam park to do an archeological dig, where they opened the door to the past and found ancient artifacts! Then they went on a short hike and arrived at caves that were used during the Bar Kokhba revolt around 132 C.E. They had the opportunity to go spelunking through these caves, which is the exploration of ancient tunnels. After, they returned to their base at Nes Harim to have dinner, practice for Haevent and enjoy a campfire!

July 9, 2012

Today was the second day of Gadna and boy did they learn a lot. The day began with a flag raising ceremony, they had some gun lessons: how to hold and position their weapons, had some kitchen duty and learned how to walk in two lines. In the evening they worked on night maneuvers.

July 9, 2012

Group 1 had an awesome and exhausting day: they woke up at 3:45am to hike Masada at sunrise. On top of Masada they davened a spiritual shacharit and participated in a great learning session as well. They had breakfast at the Ein Gedi youth hostel and took a stroll to the pool in Ein Gedi where they got to spend some time in the fresh water spring. After that, they headed to the dead sea and got to put mud on themselves and go into the water and float! Then they had lunch and headed Arad to rest and have some Haevent practice before enjoying dinner and a short evening program.

 

July 8, 2012

Group 5 broke up into three different groups for shacharit this morning. There was a learners minyan, a Movie/Tv show minyan and a personal prayers minyan. Everyone enjoyed the one they attended. Then they started their day at the City of David to learn about the First Temple period. The highlight was walking through Hezekayah’s Tunnel, a water aqueduct that brought water to the city during the time of King Hezekayah (700 BCE). They had a wonderful time splashing in the water! Then they walked to the Old City for some free time filled with food and shopping. After, they headed south to go ride camels. On the way they stopped off to eat lunch and practice for Haevent. In the evening they will do a fun program and enjoy a bonfire!

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