Group 2: Israel Adventure Plus

July 28, 2013

The group started their final day at Yad Lekashish, a non-profit based in Jerusalem that provides employment and social services to over 300 elderly artisans. They also visited Ben Yehuda street one final time. Then, they went back to base to pack and prepare for their final banquet dinner. This evening the group came together to share memories of everything they have done this and accomplished on their incredible journey this summer. At the end of their night, they loaded the buses and headed to the airport. We know that Group 2 had an amazing summer and look forward to returning to Israel again soon!

July 26, 2013

Today the group learned about “New Jerusalem”, which traced the line that was Israel’s border with Jordan before 1967. Their first stop was the Tayelet, which provided a beautiful overview of the Old City. Then they went to Ammunition Hill and walked through trenches which used to be a part of a Jordanian bunker that was the center of battle in 1967. In the afternoon, they walked by the Knesset and learned more about Israeli politics. Then they went to Shuk Machane Yehuda one final time before returning to base to pack and prepare for their final Shabbat together. One last Shabbat filled with singing, learning, ruach, bonding and lots of fun! Shabbat Shalom!

July 25, 2013

The group spent their day volunteering with mitzvah hero, Danny Siegal. The first half of the day, they volunteered in Holon at a Children and Parent’s Center where they played with animals and learned about the importance that these wonderful animals have in the repairing, building, and maintaining family relationships. It was a truly an enjoyable and meaningful experience! They returned to the Fuchsberg Center for an interesting closing session led by Danny Siegel, who discussed the other mitzvah heroes and other volunteer opportunities in their home communities. The group will end off their day with another exciting event- the Maccabia event which will be filled with some great performances, held at the Sultan’s Pool in Jerusalem.

July 24,2013

The group began their morning with a wonderful hike at Ein Ovdat.  They then headed to Machon Ayalon, an underground bullet factory which was a part of the Haganah. They were then given the opportunity to plant a tree in memory or honor of someone in their lives in Ya’ar Bakoa, the Bakoa Fores. Finally, the group headed back to the Fuchsberg Center for an interesting talk on Israeli current affairs and the Arab/Israeli conflict by Neil Lazaraus.

July 23, 2013

The group spent the day in the Negev. They had a program at Kibbutz Ketura and then went for a fun, refreshing swim at the Kibbutz pool. Late,r they headed to Sde Boker to experience an amazing Bedouin hospitality. They learned about the Bedouin culture and community, ate a delicious kosher meal, enjoyed camel riding, and sleeping in the Bedouin tents this evening. This for sure is one of the highlights of the trip!

July 22, 2013

The group had an exciting day in Eilat!They first went snorkeling and observed the sea landscape in the Red Sea (which is in fact blue).  They then headed to the amazing underwater observatory where they saw sharks, tortoises, and an entire assortment of fish. They had a delicious lunch in the Hallelujah restaurant followed by a little time to relax. Later on in the evening, they group had some free time, ate a delicious dinner, and went on their exciting Disco Boat for some fun!

July 19, 2013

The group woke up bright and early after a night under the stars and began their morning with a fun hike, where they davened mincha at a beautiful lookout point. They continued to a visit to the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion’s house on Kibbutz Sde Boker, followed by a visit to Ben Gurion’s grave.The group then made their way to the southern city of Arad and prepared for Shabbat. The group had another meaningful Shabbat together filled with beautiful tfillot, learning, fun, laughter, and much-needed relaxation.

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