Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv September 2, 2019
We had a busy and interesting first day here at Aardvark Tel Aviv!
I just wanted to let you know that everyone has arrived safe and sound.
After a tasty welcome dinner and a community meeting at the “Moadon” (our big room inside the office), the students returned to their new apartments. They cannot go out tonight because we have a busy few days ahead of us and they need to conserve their energy. (In addition, it is important that they dedicate their first night to meeting their roommates.)
Here is what we’ll be up to in the next couple of days:
Tomorrow we will start our day with a fabulous interactive tasting tour in the famous Levinski Market, right next to our office and the students’ apartments.
After tasting a great deal of what the market has to offer, and an academic session (in which the students will get to know the academic courses and the curriculum), your children will discuss how they would like to handle their budget for the semester and go as an apartment to do their first grocery shop and then make their first lunch.
On Wednesday, we’ll be heading to the Galil Mizrachi. The Tiyul (Trip) will start at Nahal HaKibutzim (the kibbutzim stream) – because of the heat, it is the best place to hike in Israel at this time of the year. The hike itself goes inside the cool river. In the evening, the students will arrive at Beit Shean Hostel where we’ll sleep, and have an evening activity with the entire group followed by a ceremony.
The next day will be even more exciting! We’ll start with a hike in the Arbel, one of the most beautiful viewpoints and hikes that the Galil Mizrachi has to offer. After the hike, we’ll have time to relax at the Kineret (Sea of Galilee)! The students will be back at their new home around 18:00 having enjoyed many new experiences and with plenty of stories.
Talk to your children on Thursday evening and ask them how the Tiyul was, it is an experience to remember. (Don’t be satisfied by “it was alright…” or “great!”, ask them about the walk in the Kibutzim stream, about the view at the top of Mitzpe Ophir, about the swimming in the Kineret etc.).
We have a lot going on over the weekend as well, a “How to not be a Frayer” workshop at the Carmel Market, Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at a synagogue, a bicycle tour, graffiti tour and some interesting Shabbat activities, Seudah Shlishit, and Havdala, and the list goes on and on…
From now on, your children are a part of a great thing called Aardvark Tel Aviv. They have an amazing opportunity to experience Israel in an entirely new way, to create a new social environment, to become more independent and who knows, maybe even acquire some Zionistic ideals. I know for a fact that all of these concepts will not grow without your cooperation.
If you wish to send your child a letter or a package, please use the office’s address.
Michal, Gil, Avia, and Daniel have already started to build a great relationship with your children.
Your child’s Madrich/a will be your first contact person for any question or concern you might have.
Once again, this is going to be a great semester!