Group 1: Israel Adventure
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 6, 2012
This morning Group 1 headed to 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 Kotel and around the Jewish Quarter. They headed to Mahane Yehuda – the open market in Jerusalem where there are plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and delicious treats before returning to the base to relax and prepare for their second Shabbat together. Friday night they will pray as a group overlooking the old city walls. Shabbat morning they will split and go to different synagogues in Jerusalem. They will spent time resting, learning and hanging out with one another. Shabbat Shalom!
July 5, 2012
The morning began with a visit to the Israel Museum followed by a trip to the Old City to tour through the remains from the Second Temple period. They had a tasty lunch at the Jewish Quarter and went to the overlook of the Kotel as well as a visit to the remains of mansions from that time period. The group then walked to Robinson’s arch and the Southern Wall excavations and ended their day with mincha at the Kotel. They returned to base for a nice BBQ with group 5 and an evening program.
July 4, 2012
Group 1 spent the morning in the Haifa area. They went to an overlook at the Baha’i Gardens and saw a beautiful view of Haifa. This was followed by lunch at the Usafia Druze Village where they were hosted to a kosher and delicious Druze meal, which is one of the food highlights of the summer. They learned more about the Druze religion and the unique rules in the small community. After, they made their way towards Jerusalem, stopping at the famous promenade, where they saw a beautiful overview of Jerusalem and the Old City. In the evening, after dinner they participated in a shiur with Rabbi Paul Freedman.
July 3, 2012
The groups spent their day in the Western Galilee, starting with a long and exciting hike at Nachal Kziv, one of the nicest canyons in the Galilee. They continued to Rosh Hanikra where they had lunch and then walked through beautiful grottos that were formed by water hitting the rocks for hundreds of years. Then they went to Acco and visited the British Jail. In the evening they returned to Kibbutz Hannaton for a BBQ and swim in the pool with group 2!
June 29, 2012
Today group 1 ventured to Tzfat, a mystical city in northern Israel. 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 while getting some lunch. Then they returned to Hannaton for their first Shabbat together. They’re looking forward to a very spiritual and relaxing time. Shabbat Shalom!