Group 1: Israel Adventure
Sunday, July 3rd
After a great Shabbat together, the group headed to the Golan Heights. They began with a three hours hike at the beautiful canyon of the Jilabun. From there they headed to Kibbutz El Rom visited the “Oz 77” monument on the very battlefield where the tanks clashed in 1973. There they viewed 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. This afternoon they went to an overlook from Har Bental where they learned about the importance of the Golan Heights for Israel. This evening they enjoyed a swim and BBQ back at Kibbutz Hannaton.
Friday, July 1st
The Group spent their morning 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. They had some free time to walk around. They visited at the Rashbi’s grave in Meron and returned to their Kibbutz Hannaton to prepare for their first Shabbat in Israel. They looked their best for Kabbalat Shabbat and are excited to have a day for rest and relaxation. Tomorrow they will spend the day resting, learning Pirkei Avot, and hanging out. Shabbat Shalom!
Thursday, June 30th
The group spent their first day of touring around the Kinneret, the sea of Galilee. In the morning they hiked down the Arbel, a fortress from the Second Temple Period. After lunch they cooled off from the hot day with a swim in the Kinneret at the blue beach. They visited the cemetery by the Kinneret where the famous poet Rahel is buried, as well as Naomi Shemer, famous for her song “Jerusalem of Gold.” In the afternoon, the group rode donkeys, dressed up in biblical garments and learned about the history of Zipori. They headed back to Hannaton for dinner and an activity prepared for them by the staff.
Wednesday, June 29th
The group arrived safely in Israel. After meeting their staff, the group headed up north. Group 1’s first stop was at Beit She’arim, the location of the Sanhedrin (religious high court) during the Roman times. They held a welcoming ceremony and said Shecheyanu. Later they arrived at Kibbutz Hanaton, the Conservative kibbutz in the north of Israel, which will also be their base for the next few days. There they had dinner and an orientation for the exciting summer ahead.