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This week in the Rothschild Community TLV – April 29, 2021

This week in the rothschild community tlv – april 29, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students!
We had an exciting week here in out Rothschild Community.

On Sunday, the students in each apartment were challenged to ask each other questions that don’t usually come up in conversation. They went to a park by the beach, ate some snacks, and got to know their roomates in a deeper and more meaningful way.

Sitting and talking by the beach
Sitting and talking by the beach
Getting to know each other better
Getting to know each other better
On Monday, Yoav and Netta’s groups had an opportunity to talk to Osomain, a refugee from Darfur, and ask him questions about his experience. He told them his story and how he had to run away from Darfur because the war there was so dangerous. Also, he shared about how he was able to find a future in Israel. He went to an Israeli high school and then studied in IDC in Hertzliya. Today he’s an activist, trying to raise awareness of the refugees’ issues.

 

On Tuesday, we went to the Kiryat Gat area. We opened the day with a short hike in “Hurbat Midras,” what was left of an agricultural village. Most of the ruins seen there are from the late Roman era. The area is filled with remains of old houses, old graves, and limestone caves.

This week in the rothschild community tlv – april 29, 2021
Walking inside the caves of Hurbat Midras
Exploring hurbat midras
Exploring Hurbat Midras
Receiving the pfizer vaccine
Receiving the Pfizer vaccine

After Hurbat Midras, we went to meet the Beta Israel community. Beta Israel Village is a social-educational center which combines agriculture and educational activities in order to preserve Jewish-Ethiopian heritage and establish it as a sustainable national asset.

 

At the village, the students learned about the Ethiopian community in Israel and about their courageous Aliyah. We met Geula, who told us her story, including the long journey she and her family took in order to come to Israel. The students participated in the Boona ceremony, which involves making the special Boona coffee and eating the special Dabbo bread, and then we helped build a hut out of mud.

Niv getting his hands dirty
Niv getting his hands dirty
Nathan and ariel helping build a mud hut
Nathan and Ariel helping build a mud hut
This week in the rothschild community tlv – april 29, 2021

Lauren Steele wrote about her experience:

 

“We had quite an adventurous Tiyul this week, to say the least. We spent the morning crawling through ancient limestone caves in Kiryat Gat. These caves were carved out by ancient Jews around the year 130 CE and were used as secret hideouts in Bar Kokhba’s Revolt, a battle against the powerful Roman army. It was amazing to climb through the same spaces where soldiers once hid, and learning the history of the caves made the experience much more meaningful.
After a quick lunch break, we jumped on the bus to visit a nearby Beta Israel community. Beta Israelis, or Ethiopian Jews, were isolated from mainstream Jewish communities for over a millennium. Today, however, more than 119,000 people of Ethiopian descent live in Israel, including about 40,000 native-born Israelis.
One woman, Geula, shared with us the powerful story of her immigration to Israel 30 years ago. During a journey spanning more than two years, she trekked with her mother and infant sister from Ethiopia, into Sudan, and ultimately to Israel. She then led us in a boona ceremony, a ceremony performed every day, three times a day, in order to gather as a family before meals. We got to try dabo (Ethiopian bread) and Ethiopian coffee.
We also learned how to construct a traditional mud hut. We carried over buckets and then, using just our hands, mixed the mud out of a trough of dirt and water. Once our hands were throughly caked in it, we placed the mud onto the sides of a straw hut.
Tuesday’s Tiyul was a great mix of adventure and culture, and we walked away from the day’s activities with a better understanding of Israel’s ancient history, as well as the Beta Israeli group that forms part of its modern society.”

On Wednesday evening, the students enjoyed a fun and exciting sunset barbeque by the beach. We made hot dogs, kebabs, and hamburgers, as well as s’mores; everything was delicious!

Enjoying the tel aviv sunset
Enjoying The Tel Aviv sunset
Nathan and ariel helping build a mud hut
Nathan and Ariel helping build a mud hut
This week in the rothschild community tlv – april 29, 2021
This week in the rothschild community tlv – april 29, 2021

We’re looking forward to next week, for more exciting and fun experiences.
The Madrich on call for this weekend is Netta
Have a great weekend,
Gili