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.
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.
2018 Shalom from Israel!
May 31 Tel Aviv - In about an hour Mark and I will meet Rabbi Cosnowsky and most of our fellow Etz Chaim travelers for dinner (some are arriving later tonight).