July 4, 2021
This week was filled with fun activities and experiences.
In the begining of the week, we participated in a color war, organized by some of our students, in which the students were divided into groups, assigned a color, and completed different tasks in order to win.
Emily Willrich wrote about her experience:
“This Tuesday, we all dragged ourselves out of bed at two AM to catch the bus to Masada. We then immediately fell back asleep on the bus, and woke up three hours later to the madrichim blasting “The Circle of Life” as we drove through the moonlit desert. When we got off the bus, though we all were running on little sleep, we hurried up the mountain and reached the top of Masada in time to see the breathtaking sunrise. Afterward, we toured the ruins, learning about the history of Masada’s rise and fall. It pulled my heartstrings as both an American and a Jew to learn about the men and women who killed each other and themselves so that they could die free rather than surrender to the Roman Empire. As we listened to this history, we could hear a group of IDF inductees nearby, swearing the oath that “Masada shall not fall again.”
After the tour, we had a difficult yet beautiful hike back down, and then ended the tiyul with a relaxing float in the Dead Sea. Overall, despite the early wake up, the mix of incredible geography and history made this tiyul by far my favorite yet.”
On Wednesday, our Sea Sport students experienced paragliding in the Har Suf area. Each one got to fly and experience looking down at the beautiful beach and ocean view from above.
This weekend we’ll be spending our time as a community in Jerusalem. We will go together to Yad Vashem and the Old City as we experience a quiet and spiritual Shabbat together.
Next week, the students will be going on Sar-El to have an experience with the IDF. They will volunteer and get to know and learn about a side of Israel very different from what they’ve experienced so far.
Have a great weekend,