Day 11: Volunteering, Dialogue in the Dark and Erev Yom HaZikaron

By: Bethy

We started up the day saying a short, but sad goodbye to all our host Shabbat family and friends. After, we all got back together and we began our week as a class sharing our experiences with each other of our time apart (don’t worry, it was all good feedback). We than arrived after a short bus ride (at least for the Tel-Aviv kids) at place where we did tikkun olam. There we packed food boxes that were to be distributed to families in need of help to get the food that they need for them. It was a really great experience for us to see how people are doing good deeds all around the world and we were able to see how it works and get involved with the great mitzvot that we accomplished.

Once we finished our volunteering we headed out to our next location, Dialogue in the Dark and Invitation to Silence. We had a choice of whether to go to Dialogue in the Dark or Invitation to Silence. I went to Dialogue in the Dark. It was an amazing experience, nothing like I have ever “seen” before. It was pitch black, you could not even see your hands in front of your face. You had to follow the voice of a guide, who was visually impaired along with all of the workers there, and sometimes we had to hold onto the shoulders of the person in front of us to get through everything. In the museum you were able to unlock all of your other senses, such as hearing, smelling and feeling. I heard that the invitation to silence was also a great experience and that they learned some sign language. When the people who finished the dialogue in the dark before the other people returned from the other group, we had some free time. We decided to try and make a human pyramid, which did not turn out so great since we would always fall over when Daniella would try to get on the top.

When we met back up, we went to the hotel and had some rest time before we went to the erev Yom Hazikaron ceremony in Petach-Tikvah. But what was exciting for us was that the school that we went to for the ceremony wanted us to be apart of the ceremony too. So two students were chosen by the teachers, Ilan and myself, to place a wreathe by the lit memorial candles. The whole ceremony was very meaningful, and we also were at the ceremony when the siren rang throughout Israel to commemorate this sad Yom. Then at the end of our long, but overall meaningful day, we came back to the hotel and said our goodnights.

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