On Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Rabbi Bob led a group of 33 youth congregants to Israel. During their travels throughout the country, they wrote about their experiences.
This is Virginia's blog.
Shalom, Chaverim! Jerusalem on Shabbat, and our last day together in Israel.
Shalom Chaverim! As tends to happen when on a vacation, the last few days pass very quickly. Feels that way here.
Shalom, Chaverim! We were allowed to sleep in this morning, not scheduled to board a brand new bus, complete with phone chargers, at 9:00 AM.
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.
Shalom, Chaverim! Today was an active one for the kid in all of us.
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 3 Tel Aviv
Shalom, Chaverim! This morning we shared a moving experience – literally – as we divided into two groups, each given the challenge to navigate together in the dark.
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.