Group 4: Israel Pilgrimage/Poland Seminar (1st Departure)
July 21, 2013
The group began their day at Yad Lekashish, a non-profit based in Jerusalem that provides employment and social services to over 300 elderly artisans. Then, they had the opportunity to plant trees in the beautiful Jerusalem Hills, in honor or memory of someone. They then headed to the Old City where they had some free time and lunch in the Jewish Quarter and had an emotional last visit at the Kotel. They returned to the Fuchsberg Center for their final banquet and final group session, sharing their memories and moments before getting ready and departing to the airport. They all had an amazing summer trip in Israel and we look forward to seeing them back in Israel every soon!!
July 19, 2013
The group started their morning at Ramat Rachel Tayelet before they visited Ammunition Hill, where they walked through the trenches that used to be part of a Jordanian bunker that was the center of battle in 1967. The group then went on a tour of the Israeli Knesset, the Parliament, to learn about Israeli politics. They returned after an interesting day to the Fuchsberg Center to prepare for Shabbat. The group had a very meaningful last Shabbat together with lots of singing, davening, learning, relaxing, and spending awesome time together for their last few days in Israel.
July 18, 2013
The group began their morning at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. They then visited Mount Herzl,which serves not only as the Israel Defense Forces’ official military cemetery, but also as the burial site for prominent Zionists, Israeli politicians, and figures who have greatly influenced the development of the state. They stopped at the graves of Herzl, Yoni Netanyahu, and Michael Levin and heard personal stories form the Israeli staff themselves. This was a very interesting yet emotional experience for the USYers. They then spent some time in Independence Park, eating and relaxing before heading back to the Fuchsberg Center to prepare for their exciting evening ahead. Tonight is the opening ceremony of the Maccabbia Games at the Tedi stadium with 30,000 spectators the prime minister and the president of Israel!
July 17, 2013
The group spent their day volunteering with Mitzvah Hero, Danny Siegal. The first half of the day, they volunteered at the therapeutic horse riding center in Raanana, which was a truly enjoyable and meaningful experience! They returned to the Fuchsberg Center for an interesting talk from Neil Lazaraus about Israeli current affairs and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
July 15, 2013
The group enjoyed a wonderful and spiritual davening on the beach of Tel Aviv this morning before heading to the Independence Hall to learn about the Declaration of Independence by David Ben Gurion in 1948. They then spent some time walking around Tel Aviv. They passed the famous “Shuk Hakarmel” and then made their way to the Dialogue with Time, where they participated in simulation experiences of the elderly. The group returned after an interesting day to the Fuchsberg center where they will be staying over Tisha Be’av.
July 14, 2013
After a fun and relaxing free weekend, Group 4 reassembled and headed to Tel Aviv for the day. Their first stop was Kikar Rabin, the site of Yitzchak Rabin’s final hours, as he went to a peace rally and was then assassinated. In the afternoon they visited Yaffo, toured around and had some free time in the flea market. They then went the Olympic Museum where they learned about Israeli participation in the Olympic Games. This evening the group will be relaxing in their hostel in Tel Aviv.
July 12, 2013
Yesterday, the groups had a fantastic time hanging out with the other USYers at HaEvent. This morning, the USYers left for their Free Weekend. Some went to relatives while others stayed on base, but all were extremely excited for time to sleep and get refreshed for the busy week ahead. Shabbat Shalom!