Tel Aviv Weekly Email
This past week was filled with new and exciting activities.
On Sunday, the students who signed up for the Eilat trip and those who signed up for Yam Le’Yam (Sea to Sea) left for their adventures. After a long drive south, the students on the Eilat trip arrived and enjoyed Banana boating, speed boating, and tubing. After that, they had some time to relax before dinner. To finish up the day, the students played Laser tag.
In the meantime, our students on the Yam Le’Yam trip started thier hiking expedition across the country. The Sea to Sea Trail is a hiking path that crosses from the Mediterranean Sea to the Kineret (Sea of Galilee) in the north of Israel. The trail spans approximately 71 km (44 mi).
On the first day, the students climbed from the Sea of Gallilee through Nahal Amud to the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai on Mount Meron. This section if the hike is part of the Israel National Trail.
Jennifer Frank wrote about her experience in Eilat:
“Just as we arrived in Eilat, we jumped straight into tubing and boating on the Red Sea. After an exhilarating ride, we all had the chance to hang out at the beach, grab lunch, and shop around. With gorgeous views of the Red Sea, Jordan, and Egypt, we were so lucky to spend time in Eilat. A few friends and I used our free time to go scuba diving. We dove the “Underwater Restaurant,” where we could look through the windows and still see the tables set up inside. A beautiful coral reef surrounds the site, bustling with lion, parrot, and trumpet fish. At night, Aardvark took us to a mall that was filled with activities from laser tag to a hall of mirrors. It was a great start to the trip!”
On Monday, our Eilat students chose between scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking, along with Jeep rides. After that, they had some time to hang out at the beach or do some shopping. In the evening, they enjoyed a party on the “Disco boat” at the Marina.
Our students on the Sea to Sea hike continued their journey. They had a great day of exploring the Israeli nature in the North and enjoying each other’s company in the beautiful scenery along the way
At the same time, the students on Yam L’Yam finished the last part of the hike, and arrived at the Kineret (Sea of Galilee). where they enjoyed the view and the sense of accomplishment after their cross-country hike. Then they headed back as well.
Izzy May wrote about her experience in Eilat:
“On the second day of Eilat, we started off the day by going on a Jeep tour, which was really cool. We found ruins from the Roman Empire and saw the border of Egypt. In the afternoon, we went to the beach and had some time to relax. At night, everyone went on a disco boat for a party! It was really fun and a great way to end the trip.
On the third day, we went to an indoor adventure park, where we were able to rock climb and do obstacle courses. We stopped for a quick lunch, then we headed home!”
On Wednesday, after the whole community was back together, we met in the evening for a session of Faces of Israel with Haim Elbom, the director of the film “And Thou Shalt Love.” The film examines the difficulties of being a gay Orthodox Jew. The story is based on Elbaum’s personal experiences. Our students had interesting discussions about the dynamics of the LGBTQ community and the Jewish religion in Israel, as well as some of the challenges that Haim has encountered.