Group 4: Israel Pilgrimage/Poland Seminar (1st Departure)

July 6, 2012

Group 4 hiked down the arbel followed by a pleasant swim in the Kinneret. They had a delicious lunch at blue beach before shopping and preparing for Shabbat. Tonight they will daven at a spot overlooking the Galil and spend their third Shabbat together resting, praying, learning Pirkei Avot and hanging out. Shabbat shalom!

July 5, 2012

Group 4 continued their desert experience this morning with a hike before sunrise to the top of a hill where they davened shacharit and watched the sunrise. Then they had a bus ride to Be’er Sheva where they visited the mall, ate lunch and drove up north to ride on donkeys at Kfar Kedem – everyone had a blast! Afterwards, they davened mincha, had a small ice cream party and drove to their base for the next few days: Kibbutz Hannaton. There, they had dinner and did a gender bonding program before enjoying some free time.

July 4, 2012

Group 4 left Eilat this morning and headed to Kibbutz Ketura. Once there they got the opportunity to learn what it means to be on a kibbutz, took a tour of the area, learned about the various industries and initiatives that were formed on the kibbutz and more! They participated in a mock kibbutz trial game in order to gain a better understanding of how a kibbutz functions: the different dilemmas that arise and how to function as a unit, as a family. Then they had lunch followed by a nice dip in the pool in the kibbutz. Afterwards, they headed to Mitzpe Ramon and got to go rappelling down the side of a mountain; everyone thoroughly enjoyed! In the evening their desert experience began: they cooperated, much like in a kibbutz, in order to make their own dinner, they went on an evening hike and had a pleasant night star gazing program.

July 3, 2012

Today the group had an exciting and fun day in Eilat! They were able to go snorkeling and observe the sea landscape in the Red Sea (which is in fact blue). Then they went to the underwater observatory in the aquarium where they saw sharks, tortoises and an assortment of fish. They had a delicious lunch in the Hallelujah restaurant followed by a little time to relax. After, they participated in subgroups where they had the opportunity to discuss their days. In the evening they went on an awesome disco boat ride around Eilat!

July 2, 2012

Group 4 had an awesome and exhausting day: they woke up at 3:45am to hike Masada at sunrise. On top of Masada they davened a spiritual shacharit and participated in a great learning session as well. They had breakfast at the Ein Gedi youth hostel and took a stroll to the pool in Ein Gedi where they got to spend some time in the fresh water spring. After that, they headed to the dead sea and got to put mud on themselves and go into the water and float! Then they had lunch and headed back to Eilat where they toured Yotveta kibbutz. In the evening they went out to walk around the tayelet and enjoy some free time.

June 29, 2012

This morning Group 4 headed to the City of David to learn more about the First Temple period. Their highlight was walking through Hezekaya’s Tunnel, a water aqueduct that brought water to the city during the time of King Hezekayah (700 BCE). They had a wonderful time walking through the water! Then they headed to the Jewish Quarter to have some lunch followed by a walk to Machane Yehudah – the open market in Jerusalem where they can buy yummy treats, fresh fruits and vegetables and more. Finally they returned to base to prepare for their second Shabbat together which will be spent resting, learning Pirkei Avot and hanging out with one another. Shabbat Shalom!

June 28, 2012

The morning started off with a visit to the Israel Museum, followed by a bus ride to see Oscar Schindler’s grave, which the kids wanted to see after watching Schindler’s List in Poland last week; it was a really moving experience. They visit the burial site of Kind David on Har Zion and the place of the Last Supper. Then they went to the Old City to tour through remains from Second Temple period. After tasty bagel lunch in the Jewish quarter. The group walked to Robinson’s arch and the Southern Wall excavations and ended their day at the Kotel. They returned to the base to eat dinner, meet with their va’adot subgroups, and closed the evening with a cultural program.

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