In such a time of uncertainty in the world, it is important to remember the good things we have. I think we can all guess what the highlight of this week was: getting vaccinated!
On Monday, we were notified in the afternoon of an opportunity for most of our Jerusalem students to get vaccinated for free and without added insurance coverage through a drive which was conducted by the IDF’s Homefront Command in a neighborhood in the northern suburbs of Jerusalem. The students received their first dose of the vaccine and are doing well, aside from some soreness at the injection site.
The association distributes groceries and cooked food to about 130 families every week.
We were happily greeted by other volunteers upon arrival. During our time there, we created food packages for families in need. We included tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, lemons, and apples. This was such an incredible experience!
We were assigned to different teams and had to solve clues leading us to different locations within our 1,000 meters (we love lockdown).
The activity was very creative, competitive, and extremely fun. Our team won. Team orange forever!
It was a whirlwind of emotions and experiences. Upon arriving to the testing centre with spirits high, we were disappointed to find out that their system was done and they weren’t taking anyone; from then on, it was a waiting game. The minutes turned to hours, and to our collective relief, they eventually fixed their issue. We scrambled to get to the front of the line. I was fortunate enough to get vaccinated, but only just. Behind me, an entire yeshiva was left disappointed at the realisation that the centre had run out of vaccines; the rush had been more than worth it.
I am overjoyed to be vaccinated. It feels like a burden has been lifted off of me, and I hope to be able to travel and see my loved ones as soon as possible.
My second dose is in three weeks, and I could not be more excited for it.
This week, we started classes again, with lessons on Zionism, Gender and Judaism, Hebrew. and the Arab/Israeli Conflict.
“We had our first Hebrew class today, and it was very exciting to get back into Ulpan. We got to know our new teacher and we reviewed material we learned last semester. I was definitely a little bit rusty, but I’m looking forward to improving my Hebrew this year!”
Our counselor on call this weekend is Omer.