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26 Apr

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.

Laila Tov!

Jack, Caleb, Morah Amalya, Nurse Carolyn and the rest of the 8th Graders



  • Joshua Sapire April 28, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Hi Noah,

    What is it with you kids these days and your need to smile and have fun while vacationing from school?

    Forget what granny franny said – well skip the car and just get you a camel here instead.

    Guess it made sense to ride the camels on hump day.



  • Fran Fine April 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Dearest Noah – I love seeing you driving a camel, in the front seat, no less! Soon a car – what a contrast! All of you look like you are having a wonderful time and certainly experiencing things I didn’t get to do until I was an old lady. It’s a treat to follow this adventure!
    Lots of love,
    Granny Franny

  • Steven & Elizabeth Rosenberg April 27, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Alexa so happy to see you went into the water! I Ihope you are having a great time. Cant wait to see the next blog. We miss you so much but you are already almost one week into this trip! Take advantage of all the opportunities to explore and understand life in Israel. Looking so forward to our phone call!!! Love you always, mom xxxooo

  • Jody Ellant April 27, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Gideon and the Ezra Gang-

    The trip looks amazing! The beauty of davening on top of Masada after your hike I imagine may have given you a new perspective on all of your years of studying at Ezra, the jewish history and how it relates to your present day experiences. Take it all in and have a magnificent trip. Say hi to Uncle Steven, Devi and whatever cousins are able to join you. Most of all have fun!

    All My Love-

  • Yotam Ashkenazi April 27, 2017 at 3:34 pm


    In one of the two pictures of you from this day I cannot tell if you are praying or sleeping. Glad to see you are following in my footsteps. Mom wants to know if you have enough sun screen, about three tubs should do. Its nice to see you are enjoying yourself, but I miss you a lot ace. See you soon.


  • Jackie Bogdanoff April 27, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Hi guys! You look like you are having too much fun. I want to be there! Loved these photos. xxoo to all.

  • Stephen Dawes April 27, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Jacob and all,
    Fitting you rode camels on Humpday, so here are a few jokes to mark the occasion.

    What do you call a camel without a hump? Humphrey (Hump-Free)
    What does a camel drink? Camelmile.
    What do you call a crying Camel? A humpback wail!
    What do camels use to hide themselves? Camelflauge!
    What is a camels favorite nursery rhyme? Humpty Dumpty

    Ok, that’s enough. Still looks amazing hope you went swimming.


  • Josh Ratner April 27, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Hi Dimitri,
    Wow, what an incredible and full day!

    I hope you and Eitan were very nice and appreciative to the camel afterward. I’m not sure of you two exceeded his normal towing capacity 🙂

    How was the Dead Sea? Not too painful in those “hard to reach” spots, I hope!

    Yasher koach on leading services so soon into the trip. I’m surprised you were awake enough to do it after sleeping in a Bedouin tent and hiking all the way up Masada. Mom (and Arsen) are proud!

    FYI, the place you took the photo with Jerusalem in the backdrop is where Mom and I lived when we lived in Israel for 6 months. I think it is called the Haas Promenade in English.

    Hope you have a wonderful first day in Jerusalem!

  • Sara Sapire April 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Dear Noah,
    The camel ride must have been so much fun. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures. Wondering where you got those socks! They don’t look familiar….
    Looking forward to the next installment!
    Love, mom

  • Lauren Hass April 27, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Everyone looks so happy and that the fun, excitement and beautiful views continued in full force on day 3. Samantha, what’s with the tiny Mexican sombrero? Glad to see you all ran into Rene and I know today there will be tons of fun reunions…give our love to Ofir! And please send some of that sunshine our way. Enjoy Jerusalem and machane yehudah. Try to leave some sunflower seeds for the others. Love you!!

  • Jonathan Freiman April 27, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Hi Caleb, another day in the desert, this one with camels and mountains and a salt sea. They say speech comes from the desert (lidaber/midbar), but it’s in Yerushalayim that the cacophony of speech is heard. Enjoy overhearing it on this day of Gold. Love, Dad

  • Lisa April 27, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Dear Alexa, I am so excited to see these pictures and can’t wait for the voiceover!! With love, Aunt Lisa

  • Harriet R Friedman April 27, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Ben dear…just want to make sure, that you are applying SPF50 sunscreen to those ribs of yours (well, to the skin that is not just a part of your t-shirt). I hope all of your peers are lathering up too because as someone famous once said something similar to this “the key to life is sunscreen”. I want you to soak up all the sights and sounds and smells of Israel but it’s ok if you miss out on the sunburn.

    So, you and Aaron have now bested me and Aba…we never rode a camel in Israel. However, we did go UP the snake path and Down the Roman ramp when visiting Masada.

    Happy Rosh Chodeh to you all. Enjoy enjoy enjoy.

    Love Ima and Aba and Sophia Too (she did ride a camel).

  • Sara Labowe April 27, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Dear Jaden,
    I Love the pictures! The title of the photo of you on the camel should read: “Look Ma, no hands!!”
    Davening at Masada (beautiful photo) and floating in the dead sea. What a day you’ve had!
    So glad to see your happy, smiling “sheyn ponem.” 🙂
    I miss you very, very much!!
    Love you,
    Mom xoxoxo

  • Steven and Judy Kleinstein April 27, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Busy, busy, busy! Looks like fun! Ali, love the mud. Just make sure you clean off the swimsuit before coming home. We miss you and love you! -Mom and Dad

  • Gilda & Johny Vaserstein April 27, 2017 at 2:06 am

    OMG Jacob,
    What a trip!!! We rush home to read the blog & see the pictures. We recognize you by your floppy hat & your black socks. Who wears black socks with sneakers in that heat?????
    Hope your day tomorrow will be as exciting as the previous ones.
    All our love,
    Baba & Babo Vaserstein

  • Monica April 27, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Yo Eitan, how was that camel ride? You looked really excited. Noam love the hair, nice look on you. Ben, nice ribs. We went to Yale Cellos tonight – Eitan you were spared this time – it was fabulous. Love to everyone!

  • Avi Ashkenazi April 27, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Hey Titi (and the whole class)
    the house is creepily quiet now so Charlie’s chirping is all we hear. Hope you’re having a blast (even though i know you are because it’s impossible not to) and enjoy it a little extra (maybe eat a vegetable or two). Don’t worry about me, not super jealous or anything :)) Amalya I hope you read this on the bus <3
    Love and miss you very much kiddo,
    Avi (and Shai)
    ps send some love to the relatives!!

  • Dr Melanie Waynik April 27, 2017 at 12:09 am

    samantha and Noam,
    sombrero and black wig?!
    explain please!


  • Dana Ranani April 27, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I didn’t see pictures of you in the Dead Sea! My guess is you didn’t want to test the water with all of your scratches. Try to make the most out of every adventure on your trip. Your next trip to Israel will have to include me. Can’t wait to hear about tomorrow. I love to see the smiles on your face.
    Love , Mom
    P.S. Will says “hi” and “camel”

  • Ashkenazi April 26, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Wow, what a full day (as usual), and so many new adventures, and beautiful sights.
    I think that I will recommend that next time the parents should go first to check the area, and only after the kids can have their turn.
    We are so happy to know (because we couldn’t see) that you didn’t drown in the Dead-Sea, that you didn’t encounter any snakes on Masada’s Snake Path (hence its name, what are they teaching you there?), and that you are making new friends (like Gamelot, the gamel/camel).
    Have fun and another meaningful day tomorrow,please give big hugs from us here to the family in Israel.
    We love you and miss you, Shai is sending her “speak”

  • Eli Levy April 26, 2017 at 10:59 pm


  • Gabe Levy April 26, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Sheeba knows how to ride on a camel.

  • Simon April 26, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Jamie and Friends,
    The trip looks amazing. I hope this camel didn’t give you a souvenir. Ha ha. Mom and I are having our own adventure and I get waffles every morning. Have a great day!
    Your Best Brother,

  • Steven and Elizabeth Rosenberg April 26, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you Morah Amalya and Nurse Carolyn for taking such great care of our children XXX000

  • Morah Beth April 26, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Your day sounds absolutely amazing! I’m sooooooo jealous right now. Keep enjoying

  • Steven and Elizabeth Rosenberg April 26, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Wow – What an amazing day you have all had! I’m assuming everyone is sleeping well 🙂 Alexa – there is a picture of someone with Jaime on the camel and it looks like you (or it looks just like sissy)!! I am very envious of this journey and now know that I will make the journey myself very soon. We have great news for you upon your return – should give you something to think about – and no sissy did not have her baby (LOL). We miss you so much and although we want you to have the best experience of your life we can’t wait to have you back home! Thank you to all the students responsible for the pictures and blog postings – they are amazing and truly give those of us at home a great sense of the amazing experiences you are all having. Alexa Jordan much love to you – hugs and kisses….Mom and Dad

  • Miriam Benson April 26, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    OK, so, a few questions:

    1) why, oh why, is my Noam wearing a long black wig? to complement his bright yellow sunglasses, bright orange shorts, bright red water bottle, bright blue backpack and bright black tefillin? Oh, on second thought, never mind, don’t answer this one.

    2) Is a Camel a Mammal? (see Dr. Seuss)

    3) Who in the heck wrote the DJTrump entry from 2 days ago?? Please….identify yourself…it was tremendous, tremendous

    as for us here: about to go to the Town Hall Meeting about the Future of the JCC…that’s our news. Yours is Way More Exciting!!

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