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Israel 2022 – Day 12: Anna Belle Shapiro

On Sunday, we had our first major goodbye. Our tour guide Yoav got sick (not Covid, Baruch HaShem, as Yoav would say) and had to leave. After we said goodbye to him, we said hello to our new tour guide, Eiran. Sunday was a big day, because we were going to Gush Etzion, which is beyond a place that Israelis...
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Israel 2022 – Day 10-11: Maksim Abramov & Gavi Lappen

The first thing we did on Friday morning was go to Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Museum. Before we arrived, Yoav talked to us about the meaning of the museum’s name. It translates to “a hand and a Name,” which we took to mean that the museum’s goal is to make every victim a person, and memorialize them. On the...
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Israel 2022 – Day 9: Ava Gross

On Thursday, May 5th, we woke up for our first day in Yerushalayim! We’d been up north in a heat wave, but here, we’ve been wearing pants and sweatshirts — it’s crazy! First thing in the morning, we got on the bus and drove to the Old City to have Tefillah at the Kotel. Specifically, we were at Ezrat Yisrael,...
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Israel 2022 – Day 8: Evan Sussman

We started off the day as usual with breakfast and Tefillah, but the mood was different because it was Yom HaZikaron. First, we went to a museum called Machtesh Ramon and the Ilan Ramon Center, which is dedicated to the first Israeli astronaut. about the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who died in the explosion of The Columbia in 2003....
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Israel 2022 – Day 7: Zach Smith

Yesterday we went on a hike at the Ein Avdat, a national park in the Negev. On this hike, there’s a beautiful oasis and then a spot where you have to hike up a ladder one-by-one. It was so hot and it seems like a bunch of other groups had the idea to hike Ein Avdat at the same time,...
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Israel 2022 – Day 5-6: Ava Gross & Anna Belle Shapiro

On Sunday morning, all woke up early and had a nice Tefillah with Hallel for Rosh Chodesh. It was definitely different without bucket drumming! We loaded the bus early and went to the beautiful Baha’i gardens and learned about the Baha’i religion, which is the newest monotheistic religion in the world. As we were about to leave, an ice cream...
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Israel 2022 – Day 4-5: Evan Sussman & Zach Smith

These past two days were a blast! On Friday, we left our hotel by the Kineret and headed to a kibbutz called Sde Eliyahu. There, we learned how they farmed by using organic technology and other techniques to help make farming safer and more effective with some genetically engineered animals like bees and special male mosquitos that can’t reproduce. When...
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Israel 2022 – Day 3: Gavi Lappen

Yesterday, we did so many fun things. We started off the day after breakfast and Tefillah and went to Tzfat. After we got there, we heard the siren for Yom HaShaoh. For me, it was super meaningful because I was able to participate in a full country remembrance of the loss of the Shoah. Then we went into one of...
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Israel 2022 – Day 2: Maksim Abramov

Yesterday was day 2 in Israel! It’s hard to say which part was my favorite of the day, because we did SO much. We stated our morning bike riding for 4.5 miles at Agmon Hahula, which is one of the biggest bird migration places in the world. Along the bike ride, we stopped at many places to see fish, ducks,...
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