On Monday, we had an introductory session to prepare for next week’s adventure, when our students will volunteer with the Sar-El program in the Israel Defense Forces. We will be volunteering on a military base, wearing IDF uniforms, and participating in a variety of activities such as parachuting and painting tanks for the Israeli army.
Since its founding during the 1982 Galilee War, more han 200,000 volunteers have volunteered through Sar-El from more than 70 countries, helping the IDF in a logistical capacity. Sar-El is a great opportunity for our students to give back to Israel in a meaningful and productive way.
On Tuesday, we drove north to Beit She’an Park,which houses the spectacular ruins of the Roman and Byzantine city of Bet She’an. Rising above the ruins is the mound on which Biblical Bet She’an stood.
Shoshana Scott said, “The Beit She’an National Park was an amazing place of Roman architecture! While we were there, we learned about the story of the ruins. After touring the ruins, we got to cool off at one of my favorite places in Israel: Gan Hashlosha, also known as Sachne Park.”
Then we continued north to a natural water park called Gan HaShlosha, a well-known water park to the west of the Bet She’an Valley. The students enjoyed the cold water and the stunning nature that exists in Israel.
On Wednesday, the students played paintball in the Jerusalem Forest. Although they will not be allowed to use weapons while volunteering in the IDF next week, at least they can say that they fired guns in Israel, even if they were only loaded with paint.