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June 6, 2018 Israel Trip

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:32am -- Etz Chaim Israel

Shalom, Chaverim! Today was an extremely full day, beginning with a visit to the mystical city of Safed/Tzfat.

As we arrived quite early, and the many artist studios lining the winding narrow street were not yet open, we were greeted with a pastoral kind of peace. Sitting in a small courtyard beneath large leafy trees, we could hear the chanting and singing of young children while Hannah talked about the history of this lovely place, where Kabbalah began.

June 4, 2018 Israel Trip

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 2:45pm -- Etz Chaim Israel

Shalom, Chaverim! This morning we said farewell to Tel Aviv and headed north to Haifa and our kibbutz hotel in the Galilee.

Our first stop along the coast was Caesarea, the ancient Roman capital in this region. We observed the amphitheater, which has amazing acoustics, the columns, capitols, sarcophagi, wall segments, etc against the backdrop of the Mediterranean, and listened to bits of history in this stunning “room where it happened.”

June 2, 2018 Israel Trip

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 10:57am -- Etz Chaim Israel

June 2 Tel Aviv

Shalom, Chaverim! Being Shabbat, we had the day on our own. Aside from some of the restaurants, shops and galleries being closed, and our behemoth of a breakfast missing the hot dishes, it is a day like any other.

June 1, 2018 Israel Trip

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 10:41am -- Etz Chaim Israel

June 1 Tel Aviv

If you have experienced or have heard about “Israeli breakfasts,” you know that we started with a buffet in our hotel that could have fed our entire congregation, with plenty left for PADS.

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