Group 2: Israel Adventure Plus
July 12, 2012
Group 3 finished their Gadna training this morning and headed to the event with Ramah at Neot Kdumim. They got to meet other Ramah participants, interact and do various activities while enjoying lunch, singing and dancing. After, they drove to the Ben Shemen forest for the annual USY Event! Each year at this event, all USY groups come together for an afternoon of competition, cheers, and fun! They do ropes course activities, learn about Israel through games, and bond as a group, each with their own color t-shirt! After a delicious BBQ dinner each group performed a cheer or dance and enjoyed their time together. They came back to Jerusalem tonight before departing for free weekend tomorrow morning.
July 11, 2012
Group 2 continued Gadna today. After the morning inspection and parade, the group went on a hike, learned about field cooking and prepared for target practice. They are having a great time learning about different aspects of Israeli life, especially the army. They have learned how to rise to the challenge and with every day that passes, they improve in doing their exercises. Everyone is enjoying themselves immensely!
July 10, 2012
Group 2 continued with gadna today. They worked on field exercises such as learning how to camouflage by painting their faces, walking carefully through the field, and more! They also got to experience field meals consisting of canned tuna and corn. In the evening they participated in discussions about army values and guns.
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 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!
Julu 6, 2012
Group 2 started 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 and enjoyed some free time to walk around. Then they headed to the Kinneret cemetery which is the site of the graves of the founders of Moshava Kinneret and Kibbutz Kinneret. Finally, the group returned to their base to prepare for their second Shabbat together which will be spent resting, praying, learning Pirkei Avot and hanging out. Shabbat shalom!
July 5, 2012
Group 2 started their day with a hike down the arbel followed by a pleasant swim at the Kinneret. They had lunch at blue beach and had a blast riding on the donkeys at Kfar Kedem. Then they headed back to their base in order to have dinner, meet with their va’adot, and have some free time!