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!

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!

 

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