Tel Aviv Weekly Email
Shabbat in quarantine was the perfect time to do all of this.
Sunday started with good news, because after some of our already-vaccinated students took serology tests, they were released from quarantine by the Ministry of Health. The rest of the students look forward to finishing their quarantine in the coming days ahead.
Monday began with sessions on internships and volunteering, then after a cooking workshop lunch, the Madrichim (counselors) led a session on logistics and how to clean the apartments.The staff explained to the students the importance of keeping the apartment clean and also went over the cleaning supplies that are in the apartment and how to use them correctly.
Apartment 8 during the Amazing Race activity
On Tuesday, we had a fun and exciting activity based on the Amazing Race in which the students had to complete a number of fun tasks. In addition, the students learned about different topics through the electives they chose. Some of the topics were: dreams and their meanings, Israeli culture, the connection between sports and politics, Israeli musicians, and more.
On Tuesday evening, we watched a special Yom HaZikaron ceremony organized by Masa and attended by several thousand people from different programs which was live streamed.
We heard the stories of Alejandro Hoffman, Sean Carmeli, Jordan Ben Simon, and others who were killed while serving in the IDF or in terror attacks. “In an age where terror targets our homes and synagogues, and when we face new and old forms of anti-Semitism on the streets and on campuses, the homefront has become the front line, and we stand on that line together,” Israel’s Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan said. “We are always and forever committed to the core Jewish principle, ‘Kol Yisrael aravim ze la ze’ (All of Israel is responsible for one another).”
Isaac (Bougie) Herzog, Chairman of the Jewish Agency, spoke about the anti-Semitic events taking place all around the world, including recent attacks in Jewish communities around the world. “We can never put the fragments back together,” Herzog said, “but we can renew our resolve to cherish their memory and honor their legacy.”
The ceremony concluded with the singing of HaTikvah with the over 4000 people who were there as well as thousands who joined the ceremnon virtually from around the world. Powerful and moving would be an understatement.
The past week was very emotional and full of real authentic Israeli life. You could really see how the students understood the depth of the days and how special it is to be a part of this country.
Have a great weekend,