July 2, 2012

This morning Group 3 learned about the Amidah during shacharit and headed to their volunteer placements! They chose in advance whether they would be volunteering at the children’s hospital at Rambam, the zoo in Haifa, or a school for children with special needs. They are excited to continue volunteering there for the rest of the week! Afterwards, they returned to their base for lunch followed by a tour of the Bahai gardens. In the evening they participated in a program involving social media and communicating the message of Tikun Olam to the community. They had quite an exciting day!

July 2, 2012

Group 2 started their morning with a fun hike at Nachal Kziv located in the Western Galilee. It is full of springs and running water. Then they had lunch at Rosh Hanikra and had the opportunity to tour it as well. They walked through the beautiful grottos created by the water hitting the rocks for hundreds of years. They headed to Yad L’ Yad Bridge; it is a monument for pre-state operations against the British mandate. Prior to the formation of the state of Israel, Jewish fighters destroyed all the bridges leading from Israel to its neighboring countries. In the evening they had the opportunity to shop, have dinner and walk around in Naharia.

June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012

During Tefillot this morning, Bus C learned all about niggunim, wordless tunes, and practiced some so they could sing during Shabbat! From Chicago, they headed North toward Madison, Wisconsin with a first stop on the Wisconsin Duck Tours. On the boat, they traveled on the Wisconsin River, seeing the beautiful sandstone bluffs while trying to stay dry. From the river, the group will head to the grocery store to buy some shabbat treats for themselves and for their shabbuddies. Mostly, though, Bus C is super excited to spend their first Shabbat as a group together, learning, singing, davening, and just plain relaxing. Shabbat Shalom, everyone!

June 29, 2012

Group 5 woke up in Lublin, once home to a thriving Jewish community, and started their day Yeshivat Chochmei Lublin. There, the staff members led a limud and the group studied rabbinic texts, much like students of the Yeshiva did in the early twentieth century. It is in this yeshiva where the great Rabbi Shapira invented the system of learning a page of Talmud a day, Daf Yomi, a system still in use today. The group then headed to Majdanek Concentration Camp. One of the most interesting and shocking parts of the camp is that much of the camp is still intact, giving the group a full image of what it looked like when it was operational. Then they drove to Krakow where they will spend their first Shabbat together. They will daven at the Isaac shul as well as eat several of their meals at the olive oil restaurant. During Shabbat they will participate in a limud and return to the olive oil restaurant to eat seudah shlishit and do havadalah. The group is excited to spend their first Shabbat together, singing, learning, and relaxing. Shabbat Shalom!

June 29, 2012

This morning Group 4 headed to the City of David to learn more about the First Temple period. Their highlight was walking through Hezekaya’s Tunnel, a water aqueduct that brought water to the city during the time of King Hezekayah (700 BCE). They had a wonderful time walking through the water! Then they headed to the Jewish Quarter to have some lunch followed by a walk to Machane Yehudah – the open market in Jerusalem where they can buy yummy treats, fresh fruits and vegetables and more. Finally they returned to base to prepare for their second Shabbat together which will be spent resting, learning Pirkei Avot and hanging out with one another. Shabbat Shalom!

June 29, 2012

Group 3 woke up this morning and had an introduction to the summer with a discussion of Tikun Olam and Chesed; what the meaning of each phrase is and how to follow through each of them with actions. Then they headed the Machane Yehudah – the open market in Jerusalem where they can buy yummy treats, fresh fruits and vegetables and more. Finally they returned to base to prepare for their first Shabbat together which will be spent resting, learning Pirkei Avot and hanging out with one another. Shabbat Shalom!

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