Summer 2013

June 30,2013

The group headed to the Negev this morning and started their day with a pleasant stroll in Ein Ovdat. After that, they continued to Ben Gurion’s Hut on Kibbutz Sde Boker, followed by a visit to Ben Gurion’s grave. The group then headed to Kfar Nokfdim, the Bedouin Tent where they will be enjoying some Bedouin hospitality this evening along with a bonfire before heading to bed!

June 30, 2013

The group left Jerusalem this morning and headed North to Hannaton, where they learned how to build eco-friendly gardens, such as making chairs out of tires and garbage. They then continued on to a Halutziot tour, where they learned about the pioneers and their values. This evening they will be going on a tour of Hannaton followed by an evening program about Tikun Olam and Chesed.

June 30, 2013

The group left Jerusalem and spent the morning in the Haifa area. They overlooked the Baha’i Gardens and saw a beautiful view of Haifa. This was followed by lunch at the Druze Village where they were served a kosher and delicious Druze meal, which is one of the food highlights of the summer. They learned more about the Druze religion and the unique rules in the small community. They then made their way to Muhraka, a lookout point of Emek Israel. They then headed to their hostel in Akko where they will be staying for the night and will be participating in a very interesting evening program about minority groups in Israel

June 28, 2013

The group spent their morning in Terezin, a concentration camp located an hour outside of Prague. This camp, unlike the others, was used as a propaganda tool, or “show camp,” where the Nazis would invite members of the Red Cross into the camp to dispel rumors about the extermination camps. One unique element that came out of this camp is the tremendous amount of art produced by children and adults. There is now a museum with lots of children’s drawings, which the group spent a lot of time viewing. They watched a movie about the camp and saw the synagogue that existed there (another piece of evidence that this camp was different). The group then returned to Prague to prepare for Shabbat. Tonight they will have their own minyan for Kabbalat Shabbat at their hotel. Tomorrow, they will join Rabbi Hoffberg from the Masorti (Conservative) community for services at the High Synagogue in the Old Jewish Quarter.The group is thrilled to be spending their first Shabbat together in Prague. They will sing, learn, and relax. Shabbat Shalom!

June 28, 2013

Today the group began the day with shacharit at the Auschwitz Jewish Centre and then visited Auschwitz concentration camp. They began their tour by walking under the infamous sign, “Arbeit Macht Frei,” “Work Will Make You Free.”  They went into several buildings and learned about what went on in the everyday lives of the camp’s victims. They visited a new exhibit about the holocaust which just opened last month. Then, they went to Birkenau death camp, where they had the opportunity to walk through the famous guard tower. They continued through the barracks, stood at the very place where Dr. Mengele chose who should live and who should die, and saw the former crematoria that were destroyed at the end of the war. At the end of the tour, the group gathered for a memorial ceremony. Then, they drove back to Krakow, where they will spend their first Shabbat together. They will daven at the Isaac Shul as well as eat several of their meals at the Olive Oil restaurant. During Shabbat, they will participate in a limud before completing the remainder of Shabbat with Seudah Shlishit and Havadalah. The group is excited to spend their first Shabbat together, singing, learning, and relaxing. Shabbat Shalom!

June 28, 2013

This morning the group 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 Bet Ha’Kerem to have lunch before returning to the hostel to prepare for their second Shabbat together. The group will be davening at Yemin Moshe, which overlooks the Old City walls. They will also be joined by a very special guest, Rabbi Dave Levy (the director of USY)and his family this evening. They are all extremely excited to be spending their first Shabbat together as a group learning, singing and hanging out! Shabbat Shalom!

 

June 28, 2013

The group began their morning volunteering at the “chava shel Bet Zayit”, where they spent a few hours planting seeds, picking weeds, and eating deliciously fresh melon. Then they headed the Machane Yehudah – the open market in Jerusalem where they can buy yummy treats, fresh fruits, vegetables, and more. Finally, they returned to the Fuchsberg center to prepare for their first Shabbat together which will be spent resting, learning Pirkei Avot, and hanging out with one another. Shabbat Shalom!

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