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10th Grade Israel Trip News & Updates: Adventures Through Israel!

Wednesday, May 4, 2017 (Day 13): On our last day in Israel, we packed in three holy places in the Binyamin region. We started out in Eli, where we spent some time in the Bnei David Yeshiva and spoke to one of the leading Rabbis of the institution. This particular pre-army Yeshiva has had some of the most amazing soldiers graduate. To name a few of the fallen heroes, Hadar Goldin, Roi Klein, Rav Udi Fogel, Benjy Hillman, Eliraz Peretz, and Emanuel Moreno (who to this day, they have not released a picture of him, for security purposes). We continued from there to Ancient Shiloh, where the students got a unique tour on how the archeologists discovered that the Mishkan (Tabernacle) actually stood there prior to Jerusalem. Lastly, we visited the Psagot Winery for a delicious lunch and tour of the area. After Psagot, the group had an intimate tour with Daniel Lurie, who is in charge of Ateret Kohanim, the organization that lives in the Arab villages and in the Arab quarters of the Old City, and continues to buy and "redeem" old Jewish homes, and establish a larger Jewish presence in the surrounding areas of the old Jewish city.The group had a finale dinner and then proceeded to the Kotel for one last prayer, singing and goodbye. All in all, the last two weeks were "the most special" according to almost all of the students as we shared our last reflections at the Kotel. The bonding, spirituality and connecting to our land was achieved and it is exactly in line with the purpose of the trip. Next year in Yerushalayim!

  • 10th Grade's Last Day In Israel

    Bnei David Yeshiva, Ancient Shilo, Psagot Winery & the Kotel

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (Day 12): On Tuesday (Yom Haatzmaut) half the group enjoyed spending the day with their families in Israel and the other half had a light touring day. We started the day with a scavenger hunt in Mini Israel, and a private aerial video of Israel. We continued from there to the new forest park called "Oz VeGaon," which is located in the Gush, and was dedicated to the three boys that were murdered three years ago. The park was named in their honor and memory - Gilaad, Eyal, and Naftali (which make up GAON in Hebrew). In the park we got to see the annual Israeli Air force country-wide fly over, which also included the newest member of the Chel Haavir - the Adir F-35. We continued to Tekoa which has an entire IDF display of their tanks, and other military equipment. We ended our day with a visit to Kever Rachel (Rachel's Tomb) and prayed Mincha. The entire group got back to their for dinner and a surprise movie in CinemaCity Jerusalem.

  • 10th Grade's Twelfth Day In Israel

    Yom Haatzmaut, Oz VaGaon Park, Kever Rachel & CinemaCity Jerusalem

 

Monday, May 1, 2017 (Day 11): On Monday we started he day by going to the City of David and walking through the water tunnels. We ended up by the Old City and entered the Kotel in time to hear the 11:00 am nationwide Yom Hazikaron siren. It was extremely moving standing in silence by the Kotel to commemorate the fallen heroes. We then proceeded to Susya, to visit a Goat and Sheep Dairy farm and got to taste delicious yogurt. Our last stop was by Chevron where we were hosted by Baruch Marzel, who is a Chevron pioneer and a true Zionist. He took us to the Maharat Hamachpela where the entire group prayed. The ending of the day was by far the most special, we joined thousands of proud Jews at Teddy park to pray and sing Hallel in honor of Israel's 69th birthday. The students were in an unbelievably high level of spirituality and we danced for two hours. All of the students were treated to a great dinner in Emek Refaim.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 (Day 10): On Motzei Shabbat the group strolled around Mamilla mall for a bit and then had a surprise bonfire Kumzitz in the Jerusalem forest. The singing was spectacular and the group got to enjoy fire potatoes and onions. On Sunday, which was the eve of Yom Hazikaron the group started in the Gush on a thrilling ZipLine and Jeep tours through the forest. Soaring over 40 feet and at high speed, this zipline ranks the third largest in the world. From there we experienced the new Gush Etzion museum, the whole tour was extremely moving, especially since we visited on the actual anniversary of when the Gush fell. We ended with a special ceremony in Baka where we joined a communal memorial service and stood firm during the national siren to commemorate those who paid the ultimate price for our country. 

  • 10th Grade's Tenth & Eleventh Day In Israel

    Gush Etzion, City of David, Maharat Hamachpela & Yom Hazikaron

 

Saturday, April 29, 2017 (Day 9): Shabbat in Jerusalem, Rest Day

Friday, April 28, 2017 (Day 8): The group started their Friday with a unique tour of Ammunition Hill, an extraordinary story of where the IDF battled in the 1967 war to recapture the old city of Jerusalem and specifically the Kotel. We continued to Emek Tzurim (the Temple Mount sifting project) and our students got to sift through dirt and find antique pieces dating back to the era of the Second Temple. Our group struck gold as 3 of our students made epic discoveries: A coin, a unique handle from the Second Temple era, and glass from an ancient mansion in the City of David. We went to the famous "Shuk" (Machane Yehudah) for lunch and shopping, and the students got a real crash course in the art of negotiations and price wars. The students absolutely loved the vibes and experience at the Shuk. We were even told that combined our group purchased a truck load of Rugalach! Tonight, our inspired bunch will be praying Kabbalat Shabbat by the Kotel and end with an inspiring oneg later tonight. Shabbat Shalom!

  • 10th Grade's Eighth Day In Israel

    Ammunition Hill, Emek Tzurim & Shuk Machne Yehuda


Thursday, April 27, 2017 (Day 7): 
Thursday marked our full week in Israel, and we started the day on the right foot. We left our hotel at 3:30 am and headed to the bottom of Masada. True to the spirit of the group, we took the harder and longer path, the snake path. Thankfully, it was still dark out when we began our trek and the students had not yet discovered how high and steep the mountain really is. The entire group made it to the top of Masada in 50 minutes, and just in time for sunrise. We had a beautiful and festive Rosh Chodesh tefilla up on Masada and toured the remains. The group rode the cable car down and was treated to a delicious hot breakfast. We then took a dip in the Dead Sea, and the boys battled in an epic tack football game on sand and salt turf. We made our way back to Jerusalem and took the group for a treat to Malcha Mall for lunch and some shopping. We ended our long day with a delicious dinner at Focaccia Bar in Emek Refaim, and we had 16 of our alumni students who are currently studying in Israel for the year join us. They spoke beautifully to the group and shared everything they are learning and experiencing while here in Israel. The group ended their evening with a reflection circle back at the hotel.

  • 10th Grade's Seventh Day In Israel

    Early Morning Masada, Dead Sea, Malcha Mall & Alumni Dinner


Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (Day 6): 
On Wednesday the group left Kibbutz Lavi and went to the northern most part of the border with Lebanon, a little place called Rosh Hanikra. Once there we explored some magnificent tunnels. Afterwards, the group got a thrill ride on the newest attraction in northern Israel, previously used Navy speed boats called "Tornadoes." While making some splashes we got to have a close-up look with a Navy vessel. While up north we enjoyed some time playing on the beach, and enjoying the view of the Mediterranean Sea. The group headed south to Tel Aviv to spend time in Independence Hall, the landmark location of where the country was established while Ben Gurion declared to the whole world that Medinat Israel is for עם ישראל. We ended the night in Arad with dinner in local restaurants and settled in for an early night in anticipation for an early wake to climb Masada before sunrise.

  • 10th Grade's Sixth Day In Israel

    Rosh Hanikra Cliff, Tornado Boats at Achziv Beach & Independence Hall


Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (Day 5): 
On Tuesday, our newly trained troops got up early for an ambitious hike all the way up to the top on Mt. Arbel. It took the group about 2.5 hours, but the camaraderie and feeling of accomplishment at the end was well worth it. After a tough hike we were treated to a chocolate making experience at De Karina Factory, and everyone walked away with their own chocolate masterpiece. Following the chocolate indulging, we went to see a documentary on a small Kibbutz called El Rom, where the famous battle of the Yom Kippur War took place, and a heroic tank battalion saved the north and did not allow Syrian tanks to enter and conquer the Golan. At the end of the movie showing the group was treated to a bucket list life moment. One of the four tank commanders that survived that battle in the "Valley of Tears" suddenly stood up and introduced himself to the group and began tearing up while describing those historic moments. His name is Ephraim Shamba and he told the students that they were 44 tanks versus 400, and they all drove full force knowing that they may not make it, but did it in the spirit of the Maccabees and fought on for future generations. As a result of their bravery we have control of the Golan Heights today. We visited Mt. Ben Tal afterwards and enjoyed the spectacular views. We ended an amazing day with a delicious dinner at the home of Mrs. Rivi, who is Morah Yaara's mother, who lives in the Golan Heights and has been in her home since the birth of Morah Yaara.

  • 10th Grade's Fifth Day In Israel

    Mt. Arbel Hike, De Karina Chocolate Factory, Kibbutz El Rom, Mt. Ben Tal


Monday, April 24, 2017 (Day 4): 
On Monday, the group woke early and departed to the Atlit Detention Camp where they took part in a special memorial and stood in silence as the sirens blasted all over the country. They walked on board one of the vessels that brought survivors to the ports after the Holocaust and walked through the horrific barracks that many Jews were forced to live in while living in the Atlit Camp. From there we went back in time to that of the Mishna and visited Kfar Kedem in the Galilee. Everyone dressed in biblical garb, grounded wheat, made dough into Laffas, enjoyed a delicious lunch, and then went on a journey on donkeys! Lastly, the students enlisted in basic training and were drafted by four different Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commanders and truly earned their stripes while going through a brutal boot camp, just to get a taste (and further appreciation) for what an IDF Chayal experiences. The group ended an exhaustive day with a BBQ made by their commanders as a token of appreciation. The students headed back to Kibbutz Lavi and had a reflection circle with Rabbi Assaraf, Morah Twito and Morah Yaara on the last few days and Yom Hashoah.

  • 10th Grade's Fourth Day In Israel

    Atlit Detention Camp, Kfar Kedem in the Galilee & IDF Basic Training


Sunday, April 23, 2017 (Day 3): 
On Sunday morning the group departed up to the most northern part of Israel, Misgav Am, the little Yeshuv on the border of Lebanon. The students got the panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea, Lebanon, and Chermon/Syria. Shortly after, the group davened Mincha by the grave of the Tanna Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess in Teveria. In observance of Yom Hashoa, we arrived in Kibbutz Lavi (a kibbutz that was established by Holocaust survivors) for a special guest speaker Mariana Adler,  who was a survivor from Berlin.

  • 10th Grade's Third Day In Israel

    Whitewater Rafting, Misgav Am, Rabbi Meir & Yom Hashoah Ceremony
  • Whitewater Rafting on the Banias River
  • Kibbutz Misgav Am

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017 (Day 2): Shabbat in Jerusalem, Rest Day

Friday, April 21, 2017 (Day 1): Our Warriors had a very educational and spiritual day in Israel. They had inspiring private tunnel tours in Jerusalem and got the inside view of the ruins of the Beit Hamikdash. Some students had the opportunity to pray 300 feet away from the Kodesh HaKodashim. After, they visited Yad Vashem where they paid respect to the six million who lost their lives during the Holocaust. Lastly, they ended their day with a walking tour of Har Herzl and paid respect to the pioneers, soldiers and leaders who gave the ultimate price for this country. They will be spending Shabbat in Jerusalem and praying in the Mayanot synagogue, "Carlebach."

  • 10th Grade's First Day In Israel

    Tunnel Tours, Yad Vashem & Har Hertzel


Thursday, April 20, 2017 (Night 1):
Our Warriors began their journey at the Kotel and ended their day with a light show in the Old City.

  • 10th Grade's First Night In Israel

    Kotel & Old City Light Show
  • Tower of David Light Show
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