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Israel 2024 – May 12: Shay-Lee Hameiri

On Sunday, I woke up in my own bed at home, but it was at 5:30 AM so my dad and I could start driving to the hotel in Tel Aviv.  The drive was about 3.5 hours instead of 1.5 because of traffic. 

When I got to the hotel and was back with all of my friends, we started driving to the south, which was our first long bus ride! 

When we got to Yeruham, we stopped at a man-made pond in the desert. At the pond, we all shared how our weekend was. It was nice to hear what my friends did and what the KBA kids did while we were gone. While we were at the pond,  we saw a fishermen who caught a tiny fish that was going crazy and it was really funny. We also learned the meaning of the bead bracelets Hillary had been giving out. The KBA community did something cool and sent a bunch of blue and white colored bracelets so that we could give them to Israelis when we saw them as a way to let them know there are people in America thinking of them.

After that, we had lunch at Shula’s house, which was home cooked for us. She told us about her family history and how they got to Yerucham and it was really interesting! 

Then we went to the MindCet Education technology center they told us all about what they were doing to make classes more interactive. We played a fun game where you need to go from one point in Wikipedia to another totally different thing in as few clicks as possible. Our goal was to get from Yerucham to Camp Ramah. Ari from KBA was the only one who finished and he got it in like 8 clicks. 

When we finished there, we went to Kibbutz Mashabei Sade where we got ready for Erev Yom HaZikaron. Before the Tekes, we had a discussion about how they kibbutz had invited us to join their community, and that this year was going to feel very different from the others. The ceremony was so special and emotional. Between speeches, songs, and poems,  I finally started to understand the meaning of the sentence “Beyachad nenatzeach” (together we will win). I felt how together, even though we don’t know them and they don’t know us, we could support each other and win this war. 

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