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29 Apr



Today we woke up early and had a luau tefillah led by Maya and Elana. Skylar prepared songs from different decades to sing our tefillot using the melodies. It certainly woke us up. After breakfast we had an hour and a half drive to K’far Kedem. That is where we learned how people made bread a long time ago and we rode donkeys. When we first got there, our funny instructor Amir showed us how the people a long time ago planted wheat and made bread. We got to dress in the biblical garb, and it made it feel more real than wearing our boring regular clothes. We grind wheat into flour then put the dough on an oven and then ate the tasty creation. The bread was amazing and it tasted warm and delicious. Then it was time to ride the donkeys. We split up into pairs and we all chose a donkey. Elijah and Zach got theirs, and they named it “Itamar” after our guard because the donkey was white and majestic like him. Half of us rode for the first half of the ride, and the other guided. We stopped in the middle to look at Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi’s house and a burial sight for an Israeli Soldier. Then the partners switched and we rode the rest of the ride. The whole ride was about 40 minutes. Then we did a short activity with the Israeli flag while lunch was prepared for us. We ate pita with choices of putting in humus, salad, chicken, or kabob. We were then interrupted at the end of the meal by two cute, unintentional dogs that came and ate some of our food. We then had some time to look at the gift shop where a few of the kiddies in the class bought the “Do it on a donkey” shirt. We then got on the bus and left for our new and exciting adventure.

After the fun donkey ride, we went to a place called Caesarea. It was an ancient Roman city and base. When we first arrived, we went to the theater. It was fun because Elana, J.Z, Elijah, and Skylar got to go on the stage and sing twinkle twinkle and happy birthday to hear the advanced acoustics. Even though the theater was 2000 years old, we could still hear the people who were talking in a normal voice on the stage. After that, we went to the area called the hippodrome. This is where they had chariot races and gladiator battles. We learned about what happened during these events. After the short time at the hippodrome, we went to an area where there was a beach. Swimming was not permitted, but we took pictures, looked for rocks and sea glass, and learned the story of Hannah Senesh. She was a young girl from Hungary who helped settle kibbutzim and also lived in one in the area. She was a paratrooper in the British Army. At one point, we were taught that she went into a concentration camp and tried to liberate Jews, however, she was caught and executed when she was 23 years young. We learn from Hannah Senesh that all individuals have the capacity to act on their own beliefs. Although our time walking on the beach was fun, it was very hot out and we couldn’t wait to get to the air conditioning. We went to a small indoor theater where they showed us a quick movie on the history of Caesarea. We all got cooled down so it was time to go outside and to shop. Some of us went shopping, while others went to an ice cream and gelato parlor for a sweet treat. We later traveled on a very long two-hour bus ride to go to our new hotel.

Laila tov,

Ben, Zach, Skylar, Marcy, Amalya and the 8th graders

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  • Jenna's ima aka MomDad April 30, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Jonathan I never knew that. Eli Eli is one of Jenna’s favorite to sing!
    See you tomorrow when we pick up our world travelers (I feel like I can’t even call them kids any more!)


  • The Safians April 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Hi Alana!
    It looks like another fun filled day!! Hope you are having a wonderful time! Can’t wait to see you in a couple of days.
    Love, Mom and Dad

  • Jenna's ima April 30, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Ok Jenna did you buy one of those tshirts? And if so—is it for me? I bet it’ll go over great when I wear it to the office.

    Amalya. Hopefully by now they’ve put your desk back together. I haven’t been there all week. Raz and Ofir were scared when they noticed it missing

    Enjoy your final days and I’ll be waiting for you on the flip side baby.

    Hugs from me to you

  • Elliot Wyner April 30, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Ari, been following your trip with Nana everyday and it sounds like your having a fabulous experience. Day ten picture with you riding a donkey is special. We have never done that. Hope to see you Tues and learn first hand about your trip. Love Papa

  • Staci ( JZ'S Mom) A.K.A COACH April 30, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Love you all

  • Stefan K April 30, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Caesarea is my favorite! Very סבבה. Did you check out the Roman aqueducts? What did you name your donkey?

    Enjoy the rest of your trip and be in the moment!


  • Carmi Kostolitz April 30, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Hi Maya,
    I’m proud of you leading the Hawaian tefilla service! You were right- buying the luaus WAS a good idea!
    Looked like you all enjoyed the day, and had many adventures. Enjoy the next 24 hours or so in Eretz Yisrael !!
    My wish for you all is that each of you will be able to visit Israel many, many times in your lives!
    It’s such a special place.
    Love to everyone, Miss you Maya’le
    xox Mom

  • Karen Bogdanoff April 30, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Hi Elana,

    Another amazing day in Israel!! How great is this trip?!!
    We miss you, love you, and look forward to seeing you, and hearing all about your adventures.
    . Mom Dad and Ethan

  • Mom and Dad April 30, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Wow, what another amazing day! Need to take a poll when you all get back to ask which was easier to ride- a camel or a donkey? Did anyone else name their camel? The theater sounds amazing, and the hippodrome as well. Did they allow you guys to ride the donkeys for your chariot races in the hippodrome? 🙂

    Enjoy every last moment of your trip, and safe travels home. We can’t wait to seeing your smiling faces again in person! We miss you!

    Love to all,
    Mom and Dad xoxo

  • Jonathan F April 30, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Elijah, As best as I can tell, today you all sat on your asses and made some dough. Nice. Caleb showed me a CNN News piece saying that sitting causes cancer, so next time try to stand up in the saddle a little when you’re on your ass.

    I love Caesarea. Did you know that Hannah Senesh’s famous poem, Eli Eli, often set to music, is actually called “A Walk to Caesarea”?

    Can’t believe there are only two days left in the trip! Tallulah got her hair done in anticipation of your return. I tried to get my hair done, too, but, you know, not everything is possible. As Hannah Senesh showed.

    Lots of love,

  • susan schiff April 30, 2015 at 12:58 am

    I am undecided about which of your events today was my favorite. It would be a toss up between the donkey ride and the very cool theatre with acoustics that would impress any of today’s engineers. I would also like to know how to do the head wrap scarf trick so it stays on. The last two pix are my faves, I can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces. Love to all, esp my Benj. xoxoMom, SS

  • Staci ( JZ'S Mom) A.K.A COACH April 29, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    I think it may be 😉

  • Jeff '007' W. April 29, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Could be me.

  • Staci ( JZ'S Mom) A.K.A COACH April 29, 2015 at 11:42 pm


  • Jeff '007' W. April 29, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Wow…what an amazing experience you have all had. North to South, West to East, Camels to Donkeys, Sea to Desert to Lake to River, Newark to JFK, etc.

    Enjoy your very long last day. We look forward to seeing you all back in the States.


    Zach’s Dad.

    PS – Been keeping an eye on you…well disguised, of course.

  • Mimi April 29, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Love the pictures of the donkey ride. Is that like the running of the bulls? Just kidding, but what a thrill. Your scrapbook of this journey is going to be endless and I can’t wait to see it. Tell your Dad that there must be an ordinance against large animals in Milford.
    Skylar, it’s almost over, but it will be forever in your memories.. How Great!! The bread you made must of been fantastic, and again you making me hungry…. All this food is going to spoil all of you..

    By the time you read this it will already be Thursday, so enjoy your final days in Israel.

    I wish you all a Good morning and enjoy your day!

    Love you, Mimi

  • Eileen Glickman April 29, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Ben, What a Great Day you all had! The donkey rides must have been quite an experience for all of you. I remember when Poppy and I visited Caesarea. What an amazing place! You all look wonderful. The pictures are Great! Have a SAFE flight home. CAN,T WAIT to see you. All of our Love, Nanny and Poppy

  • Harriet Friedman April 29, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    You guys seem to be slowing down….what…just some prayer and other singing, a donkey ride, some bread and no swimming today??? No slacking off here…you still have to gather some stories to tell your loyal fans on this side. Hop to it…maybe on an ibex? (and how come you couldn’t go into the water???)

  • Susan Safian April 29, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Alana’s Papa Lou and Grandma say Hi t the entire 8th grade. We are having so much fun following all of you on your very special trip. When we were in Israel we did a lot of the same things aND went to a lot of the same places. It is great reliving our journey.

  • Heather & David Korman April 29, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Love the Pictures. First a Camel and now a donkey. I am not sure we will have room in the backyard. You have to pick one Sky. Enjoy your last day or 2 in Israel. See you all on Friday.

    David & Heather

  • Staci ( JZ'S Mom) A.K.A COACH April 29, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Mama Bear!!!
    It’s a plan!!! I’ll be ready and waiting with bells on…
    the not so polite one of us! can’t wait to see our big baby boys. XO XO

  • susan schiff April 29, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    come on staci lets be flight attendants on el al. I can be super polite sometimes and you, well you can be SUPER! Then we can SMMOOOOCCCCHHHHHHH our gigantic baby boys for 12 hours straight! You do the safety drill, I’l get the snacks. You pour the vodka and I’ll take a nap! No one will notice us in the very cute uniforms. It’s a lot of work but we are READY! Ok, I’ll pick you up in an hour. We have some serious training to do!
    Mama Bear

  • Staci ( JZ'S Mom) A.K.A COACH April 29, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these pics and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOU MORE!!!
    JAH –
    I am counting down the days!!! I’m with Susan ( aka my travel buddy)… come home safe & sound!!!
    Love you homs,

  • susan schiff April 29, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Great pictures!!!!! Amazing! I can’t wait to hear every detail. Come home safe and sound and know how much I love you Benj. Mom

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