Day 3: Bedouins (cont’d), Masada, Dead Sea, Jerusalem
To start the day, we awoke in the Bedouin tents from last night. Afterwards, we went to breakfast at the dining tent at K’far HaNokdim. Next was camel riding; we had lots of fun riding these new creatures and also naming them. We gave them such names as Sir Camelot, Secretariat, Humphrey, and more! Then we went on a 15 minutes bus ride to Masada. For our ascent, we went up the Roman Ramp, the very ramp that the Romans took to reach the besieged Jews on top of the mountain fortress. While on Masada, we visited many landmarks, including a 2,000-year-old synagogue. Our tefillah began with a singing of Hene Ma Tov song, which attracted tourist who took videos of us. We had a beautiful service led by Dimitri, Gideon and 2 KBA students. On our descent, we took the Snake Path, a winding, narrow trail that zigzags down the mountain like a snake. After Masada, we made our way down to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. After we had a brief lunch, we took a trolley down to the sea. Most of us had a wonderful time, however others felt the sting from cuts they never knew they had. Then we got on the bus toward Jerusalem; when we were approaching we were asked to cover our eyes and close the curtains of the bus. We were then led (without us knowing) to a terrace overlooking Jerusalem. We were then told to uncover our eyes; what was before our eyes was a “נוף נפלא” of Jerusalem. Then we went to our hotel in Jerusalem, where the group had dinner and played a game of “Speed Friends” to get to know each better. Now we are going to sleep after a long and exciting day.
Jack, Caleb, Morah Amalya, Nurse Carolyn and the rest of the 8th Graders