Group 2: Israel Adventure PLUS

Sunday, July 24th

After a relaxing Shabbat together, the group spent their day around the Kinneret. They hiked down the Arbel, a fortress from the Second Temple Period. Then they cooled off from the hot day with a swim in the Kinneret! Next they visited the Kinneret cemetery where the famous poet Rachel is buried, as well as Naomi Shemer, celebrated for her song “Jerusalem of Gold.” In the afternoon, the group rode donkeys and each had a turn to drive and ride. They dressed up like ancient donkey drivers and learned about the history of Kfar Kedem.

Friday, July 22nd

Today 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, synagogues, and had an opportunity to go shopping at the famous candle factory. Then they returned to Hannaton to prepare for Shabbat. The group will be spending Shabbat with group 7. They are excited to have a day for rest and relaxation. Shabbat Shalom!

Thursday, July 21st

This morning the group went on a fun water hike at Nachal Snir, and then had a blast kayaking in the Jordan River. Next they went shopping at the famous Naot factory where they had fun trying on and buying sandals. Their last site of the day was at Agmon Hahula- the site became the second home for thousands of migrating birds that pass through the area in the autumn and spring, as well as the home of many native birds, making it a popular sight for bird-watchers from Israel and abroad. They then headed back to Hannaton for dinner and a group activity.

Wednesday, July 20th

Group 2 began their day with a water hike in Nahal Snir. Then they headed to Kibbutz El Rom and 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. Group 2 then headed to Tveria were they ate dinner and had free time to shop and walk around.

Tuesday, July 19th

This morning the group drove up to Mount Miron, the highest mountain in Israel pre 1967. They took a hike around the summit with a view of the entire north of Israel. They then headed to Rosh Hanikra where they walked through the beautiful grottos created by the water hitting the rock for hundreds of years. Their next stop was the city of Acco. There, they visited the Templar Knights tunnels. The Templar Knights built a fortress in Akko in the 12th century BCE, after the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin. The fortress was built on the southwest corner of the city, so the Knights built a 350-meter long tunnel connecting the fortress to the port on the southeast side of the city. This evening they returned to Kibbutz to have a session with Rich Moline & enjoyed an evening of BBQ and swim.

Monday, July 18th

Today the group visited the Independence Hall, where David Ben Gurion declared Israel an independent state in 1948. From there they went to Shuk Ha’Carmel were they had free time to walk around and do some shopping. In the afternoon they participated in a special project called “The Generations,” a unique interactive educational workshop implemented by the Am HaZikaron Institute program at the Diaspora Museum. During the workshop participants were introduced to the most significant historical events and personalities in Jewish history and their personal family history as well. From Tel Aviv they traveled north to Kibbutz Hanaton, the only Conservative kibbutz in Israel, which will be their base for the next few days.

Sunday, July 17th

After a fun and relaxing free weekend, the group headed to Tel Aviv this morning. Their first stop was Rabin’s square, the site of Yitzchak Rabin’s final hours, as he went to a peace rally and was then assassinated. The group learned about his history and had a program about the political climate in Israel during that time. They sang the song “Shir La’shalom.” After lunch the group visited the Olympic museum. This evening they drove to the city of Modiin for the Jewish Agency- Lapid youth event. They joined 4000 youth from Israel and the Jewish communities around the world. They were greeted by Minister Yuli Edelstein and by the head of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky. Later they celebrated by watching a performance by the famous Israeli band Hadag Nachash and by participating the biggest flash mob in Israel’s history. After the event they drove back to Tel Aviv for the night.

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