July 8, 2012

Group 3 headed to Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, this morning for a tour. They davened mincha, ate lunch and then they headed to their base at Nes Harim to practice for Haevent and enjoy dinner. They went to bed early in order to prepare for another busy day tomorrow!

July 8, 2012

Group 8 spent a wonderful Shabbat in Krakow and made their way to Auschwitz this morning. Upon arrival, they headed to Auschwitz concentration camp and They began their tour by walking under the infamous sign, “Arbeit Macht Frei,” “Work Will Make You Free.” They went into several buildings and learned about what went on in the everyday live of the camp’s victims. Then they went to Birkenau death camp, where they had the opportunity to walk through the famous guard tower featured in almost every book about the camp. They went inside barracks, stood at the very place where the evil Dr. Mengele chose who should live and who should die, and saw the former crematoria that were destroyed at the end of the war. At the end of the tour the group gathered for a memorial ceremony. The group then had the privilege of quickly stopping in the small town of Chrzanow where the group leader’s grandma once lived. There they saw the house she lived in prior to the war; it was quite an emotional experience. After, they headed to Warsaw where they had delicious dinner at Rambam restaurant, subgroups and prepared for Haevent at their hotel.

July 8, 2012

Group 2 started their Gadna week after Shabbat ended yesterday with a “mesibat geus”, a party in honor of their “drafting to the IDF”. This morning they had optional breakfast, for those who chose to fast, as well as services and made their way to Gilboa to learn more and discuss the battle of Shaul and the Philistines and how Shaul died on his sword. Then they had Haevent prep and lunch before the Gadna opening ceremonies began. They received their uniforms, they were divided into groups and started learning the basics about the IDF. They are all really excited for the rest of the week!

 

July 8, 2012

July 8, 2012

This morning group 1 did an archeological dig at Tel Maresha, where they opened the door to the past and found ancient artifacts! They also engaged in an interesting dialogue about Israel’s history. Then they went spelunking, which is the exploration of caves, in ancient tunnels. They arrived at Beit Guvrin, davened mincha, ate lunch, went swimming! After, they headed to Arad, their evening base, to rest a bit before practicing for Haevent and enjoying dinner. They went to bed early because they will be hiking Masada at sunrise tomorrow!

July 8, 2012

Group 4 enjoyed a spiritual Shabbat; they davened with the members of the kibbutz Hannaton all throughout Shabbat. They also enjoyed learning how to play the darbookas and participated in a drum circle and dancing last night after Shabbat. They started their new week in the mystical city of Tzfat. Among the many people who came from Tzfat are the prominent kabbalists, Isaac Luria and Moshe Kordovero. Besides the kabbalists, Tzfat also attracted numerous other Jewish scholars and spiritualists, including Joseph Caro, the author of the Shulchan Aruch and Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz, composer of the Shabbat hymn Lecha Dodi. The group had a tour of the city and two of the synagogues and enjoyed some free time to walk around, visit the candle factory and the shuk. Then they headed to Rosh Hanikra where they walked through beautiful grottos that were formed by water hitting the rocks for hundreds of years. In the evening, they returned to the kibbutz to have dinner, prepare for Ha’event and enjoy some free time.

July 7, 2012

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