Summer 2013

June 26, 2013

Group 5 woke up in Lublin, which was once home to a thriving Jewish community, and started their day at Yeshivat Chochmei Lublin. There, the staff members led a limud and the group studied rabbinic texts, much like students of the Yeshiva did in the early twentieth century. It is in this Yeshiva where the great Rabbi Shapira invented the system of learning a page of Talmud a day, Daf Yomi, a system still in use today. The group then headed to Majdanek Concentration Camp. One of the most interesting and shocking parts of the camp is that much of the camp is still intact, giving the group a full image of what it looked like when it was operational. Then they headed to Sobibor, a Concentration and Death Camp, at which a successful revolt occurred in 1943; close to 600 prisoners escaped. The group participated in a memorial ceremony there as well. In the evening they met in subgroups and these small groups will meet each night in Poland in order to debrief about the day together.

June 26, 2013

Group 4 spent their first full day in Israel doing a variety of awesome activities. This morning, they did an archeological dig at Tel Maresha where they found some very interesting artifacts! Then they went spelunking, which is the exploration of caves in ancient tunnel, and from there went swimming at the nearby Kibbutz Bet Gurvrin. Upon returning to the Fuchsberg center, they got ready for a study session with Rabbi Paul Freedman, followed by a boys and girls bonding program to end off the day.

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June 26, 2013

Group 3 landed safely in Israel this afternoon! They headed straight to Yemin Moshe which overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem. After a special welcoming ceremony, the group drove to the Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism, their home for the next few days. Later in the evening, they enjoyed a fun program, prepared by their staff, followed by an early bed time in order for them to get a fresh start tomorrow morning.

June 25, 2013

Bus B is officially on the road and ready for summer! Yesterday was a minor fast day on the Jewish calendar and the group spent some time during shacharit learning about the customs of a fast day. They enjoyed their first shacharit service together and are looking forward to having a nice community to pray with for the rest of the summer. Later on, they toured Intercourse Pretzel Factory and got the chance to become professional pretzel twisters. After that, they ventured to Herr’s factory to see exactly how potato chips are made. Their evening program consisted of learning the tradition of Hachnasat Orchim, being good and welcoming guests. Also, the group wrote letters to themselves for the end of the summer, all while eating Chinese food and decorating Chinese lanterns to fit the dinner theme.

June 25, 2013

Bus C is officially on the road and ready for summer! Yesterday was a minor fast day on the Jewish calendar and the group spent some time during shacharit learning about the customs of a fast day. They enjoyed their first shacharit service together and are looking forward to having a nice community to pray with for the rest of the summer. Later on, they toured Intercourse Pretzel Factory and got the chance to become professional pretzel twisters. After that, they ventured to Herr’s factory to see exactly how potato chips are made. They spent the rest of the evening doing icebreakers and bonding as a group.

June 25, 2013

Group 5 landed safely in Poland this morning, met their Israeli staff and headed to the Genscher cemetery. They then visited the Warsaw Ghetto Walls and continued to the Walk of Heroes, which begins at the Rapaport Monument and highlights sites such as Mila 18, the headquarters bunker of the of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising . From there, the group visited the Umschlagplatz, which was the collection point in the Warsaw Ghetto for Jews to be deported. From there they began their long drive to Lublin where they will spend the night. After dinner, they will be doing orientation and ice breakers. They are excited to get to know one another and look forward to the amazing summer ahead!

June 25, 2013

Group 4 has finally arrived in Israel! Upon arrival they participated in a sunrise shacharit overlooking the Old City, took a nap, got their cellphones and money, went to the supermarket and embarked on a walking tour of Jerusalem! They toured the nearby neighborhood and passed by the Prime Minister’s house. Then they had dinner and did an evening program outside, followed by an early bed time so that tomorrow they can have an early start to their day!

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