gap year in israel

June 3, 2021

Jerusalem Weekly

Jerusalem weekly – june 3, 2021

Hello Parents and Students,
This week was very exciting with new apartments and new experiences!

On Sunday, the big move arrived, and after a long day of finishing up packing, cleaning, and arranging, we moved to the new apartments. Finally our entire community lives in one building now, at Ussishkin 59, Jerusalem.

On Monday, some of us decided to be brave and to go with the students to the Crazy Mary Horror Maze. I personally am very afraid of these things. But our students showed great courage, and most of them made it to the higher levels in the maze. The lowest level is 1 and the highest is 10. Most of us made it to level 10. It was a good experience for our students. Despite the concerns of some, they were there as one group and helped each other overcome their fear.

Jerusalem weekly – june 3, 2021

This week for FOI (Faces of Israel), we heard a fascinating lecture from Tami, a representative from Women of the Wall (Neshot Hakotel הכותל נשות). Women of the Wall is a group of Jewish women from Israel and abroad who strive to achieve the right for women to wear prayer shawls, pray, and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall (Kotel). It is comprised of women from all denominations of Judaism. With a membership that is not only multi-denominational but spans the political spectrum, the group embodies a message of tolerance and pluralism.

Women of the wall neshot hakotel

On Tuesday, for this week’s tiyul, we headed down to the area of the Dead Sea to the largest oasis in the country: Ein Gedi. When most people visit Ein Gedi, they do the short walk in Nahal David, but we did the less traveled Nahal Arugot. There was a heat wave, so for safety we were not allowed to climb all the way up to the upper pools, but we did walk up through the riverbed to the lower waterfall. The lower pools were a great spot to relax in the heat of the day. It’s amazing to experience fresh flowing water in the heat of the desert on a summer day in Israel!

Dead sea to the largest oasis in the country: ein gedi
Dead sea to the largest oasis in the country: ein gedi
Dead sea to the largest oasis in the country: ein gedi
Dead sea to the largest oasis in the country: ein gedi
Dead sea to the largest oasis in the country: ein gedi

This Thursday, students on the Extreme Track went for rappelling on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem

Extreme track went for rappelling on the walls of the old city of jerusalem
Extreme track went for rappelling on the walls of the old city of jerusalem
Extreme track went for rappelling on the walls of the old city of jerusalem
Extreme track went for rappelling on the walls of the old city of jerusalem
My Weekly Highlight by Noah Pearlman
“Yesterday, Jacob and I saw the Israeli Cup final between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv. The experience was unbelievable. The stadium was full and everyone was standing the whole time, which was so great to see after the last year of empty stadiums. We sat in the Maccabi Tel Aviv section, and they were able to win the game in overtime! The atmosphere was amazing, and I’m super glad we were able to go.”
Israeli cup final between maccabi tel aviv and hapoel tel aviv
My Weekly Highlight by Noah Pearlman
“Yesterday, Jacob and I saw the Israeli Cup final between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv. The experience was unbelievable. The stadium was full and everyone was standing the whole time, which was so great to see after the last year of empty stadiums. We sat in the Maccabi Tel Aviv section, and they were able to win the game in overtime! The atmosphere was amazing, and I’m super glad we were able to go.”
Jerusalem weekly – june 3, 2021
Next week, some of us will travel to the southern city of Eilat for three days of fun, and some of us will participate in a variety of other activities, such as a surfing lesson and a tour of the Old City of Jaffa.
Madricha Hagar is on call. 
Have a great weekend,
Natali