Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv September 26, 2019
It has been an amazing week. We have had a great time traveling and doing fun activities with your children and I’m excited to tell you about the week’s highlights. Here we go:
On Sunday, we started the week with our Chugim and service-learning class.
Our sea sport group went to the beach for another surfing class. It looks like they are getting the hang of it and pretty soon they will all be able to surf like a pro.
On Monday evening, after classes and internships, the students met at Gordon Beach for a great activity, beach volleyball. We did it now in order to take advantage of the lovely summer weather that soon will be over here to Tel-Aviv. The students and the staff split into teams and had a tournament that lasted for an hour and a half and was full of fun and competitive games. After the activity, everyone returned tired but happy.
On Tuesday, we had a tour about co-existence in the neighboring port city of Jaffa. A tour guide led the students and they saw local businesses, sculptures and the way two demographics, the Jews and the Arabs, live in one city. In the second part of the day, the group met with Ihab, a religious Muslim, who told them his story about growing up and how he changed his perspective from one of hatred to one of inclusion and peace. His changed perspective led to him marrying a Jewish girl and today they run five multi-cultural kindergartens that enroll Jewish, Muslims, and Christian kids, regardless of religion. Later, Ihab invited us into the mosque to listen to the Imam reading from the Koran. We sat on the carpet and heard the Imam, and although it raised some mixed feelings, it was an important experience and a valuable glance of a different culture and religion, which is also a part of Israeli society.
On Wednesday evening, we ran a special “Rosh Hashanah” event for the students on a rooftop in Tel-Aviv. It gave us the opportunity to teach them about some of the holiday’s traditions such as eating an apple with honey, singing holiday songs and blessing the food that is associated with the holiday. Towards the end of the evening, each student was asked to write wishes for the New Year for their friends and put them inside a pomegranate shaped box, which they each got to keep.
On Thursday before leaving for the weekend and the holiday, the Madrichim met with the students for their apartment meetings. The students and the staff wished each other a happy New Year and for the first time this semester, all of the students are leaving for a short break.
We are very happy and proud to say that many of our students have become close to each other in these four short weeks together and have invited each other to spend the holiday with their family and friends across Israel. We are making sure that each and every student has a plan for the holiday and will not be left alone.
During the break, we will have staff on call and they will also be running optional activities for the students in Tel Aviv.
The Madrich on Call for the weekend is Michal.
The Madrich on call for Rosh Hashana (29th-1st) is Gill
Next week, is Rosh Hashanah, and we resume classes and Internships Wednesday!
Shabbat Shalom & Shana Tova U’Metuka!