Group 2: Israel Adventure Plus

July 4, 2012

Group 2 spent their day exploring the Upper Galilee. They started at Kfar Giladi where they visited the cemetery at Tel Hai which is a historic site commemorating pioneers who defended the valley and the young Joseph Trumpeldor. Then they went on a water hike in Nahal Snir followed by a trip to Kibbutz Neot Mordechai where they had the opportunity to try on and purchase sandals at the famous Naot factory and eat a delicious pizza lunch. Afterwards, they had an awesome time water rafting in the Jordan river! In the evening they headed back to the hostel to have dinner and divide into subgroups in order to do some group bonding activities.

July 3, 2012

The group headed to the Golan Heights this morning where they had a wonderful water hike at the beautiful canyon of the Majrafe. Then they went to Mitzpe Gadot and had an opportunity view of the valley. After, they went to Kibbutz El Rom to visit the “Oz 77” monument on the very battlefield where tanks clashed in 1973. There they saw 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. After they had lunch, the group headed to Har Bental – a mountain overlooking Syria. There they learned about the importance of the Golan Heights for Israel and discussed the significance of the Yom Kippur War. In the evening, they enjoyed a BBQ and a swim in the pool at Kibbutz Hannaton with group 1!

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

This morning Group 2 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). Group 2 had a wonderful time splashing in the water! They walked to the Kotel and around the Jewish Quarter before returning to the base to relax and prepare for their first Shabbat together. Shabbat will be spent resting, learning Pirkei Avot and hanging out with one another. Shabbat Shalom!

June 28, 2012

Group 2 landed safely in Israel, met their Israeli staff members, and headed to the Tayelet, where you can see a beautiful overview of the Jerusalem and the Old City. There they said the she’hecheyanu blessing and headed back to the base to eat lunch. They had their orientation and then had dinner. Tonight they will do icebreakers – group 2 is excited to learn more about one another and are looking forward to the rest of their summer together!

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