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26 Apr

This morning, we woke up very early, and got on the bus for a two hour drive. The reason for this was that we here heading to Masada! We arrived at about nine o clock, and had breakfast. We then began to climb up the steep rampart that the Romans had used to attack the Jews living at the top. Once we reached the top, we had tefillah in a shady spot. Ally, Skylar and Ben led shacharit as we enjoyed the expansive views. We have now prayed at both Masada and the Kotel; spots that show the Jewish spirit will endure and triumph. We walked around, observing the ancient structures built by King Herod. We even saw rocks fired into Masada by the Romans, and walked through a bath-house that was thousands of years old! Even the mosaic tiles were intact as well as the terra-cotta system of heating water to heat the hot room. The views were incredible; we could see the Dead Sea and Jordan (the country.) Then, it was time to walk down the Snake Path, a long, twisting road leading back to the bottom. The walk down was a bit lengthy, steep and bumpy but lots of fun. Ben, Sophia and Rafi ran down a few bits with our guide, Yonit. As we arrived at the bottom some of us were even singing! Morah Amalya said, “I have never seen a group of 8th graders get to the bottom of the Snake Path singing!”

After our strenuous trip up and down Masada, it was time to have fun at the Dead Sea! Everyone was so excited, because for most of us it was our first time. When our class first started walking in the water, the stinging wasn’t even there! However when we immersed ourselves further, it got more and more apparent. Many of us noticed that we had cuts that we didn’t even know about! Even though it hurt a lot, it was amazingly fun. It was so easy to lie on your back and float! However, when we tried to swim and then turn back around, we couldn’t touch the ground and it was so hard to flip back up-right! After about 15 minutes, it was time to get out and rinse off. After that, we took the trolley back to the changing area and pool. We all then jumped straight into the pool to help clean off the salt. Then, it was time to change and leave. We had so much fun!

We just finished dinner at our new Kibbutz Ashdot Ya’Akov.

Laila tov,

Sophia, Skylar, Marcy, Amalya and the 8th graders



  • eileen Glickmaneileen glickman April 28, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Dear Ben,
    I was so thrilled to read about your experiences at Masada and the Dead Sea. Sounds like a fabulous day! Loved seeing the pictures and reading these fabulous descriptions. Stay Safe and Well. Can’t wait to see you. All of our Love, Nanny and Poppy

  • Alessandra Kostolitz April 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Hey Maya Papaya!

    Looks like you’re having a blast! xo

  • Evan Wyner April 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Ari! What an exciting day! The hike looks awesome and it looks like you are having a great time. Miss you and can’t wait to see you!


  • ILA (for Alana) April 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Alana,
    This trip just keeps getting better and better! I look forward to reading about your adventures every day and seeing all the photos.
    Ahhh- the ice cream! I loved the ice cream there!
    When I was in Masada I bought a Jewish star I will treasure forever.
    Can’t wait to hear all about your trip in person.
    Love, Ila
    SOFI and papa Marty send kisses

  • Marty feldman April 27, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Well it is quite an accomplishment climbing Masada! You are all Heros !
    And then to the Dead Sea! You all look great and happy. You will have memories and experiences that will stay with you forever. Ok, only a few days more. Time flies. Can’t wait for more pictures. Love you Hana!!!!

    Love , Dad . Marty

  • David & Heather Korman April 27, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Hey All

    The ice cream looks great. I bet you needed after your run down the snake trail. The swim sounded like a lot of fun. I bet you felt every cut.

    Sky did you wear your bracelet? You brought the way back to the sea. Can’t believe the trip is half over.

    We miss and love you. See you on Friday.

    Mom & Dad
    David & Heather

  • Mom April 27, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Hi all,
    What another amazing day you had! Everyone looked so happy. Glad to hear that you are having a great time. Ally, I bet you loved the Dead Sea! It must have been such an incredible experience. Can’t wait to hear about it!

    Miss you and can’t wait to see you all Friday!
    Love you- Mom and Dad

  • Grandma Blanche, Grandpa Matthew, Stef April 27, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Maya and 8th graders,

    Mazel tov on scaling Masada and dipping into Yam Ha’Melach! Did you see any ibexes while climbing to the top of the mountain? You look very relaxed lounging on the hammocks after your long hike. PS. How is the schnitzel in Israel?? – Love, Stef

    Hi, Grandma here. Looks like you are over your cold. we had a nice lunch today for liza birthday. met in Boca with liza, alessandra, Josh, grandpa..enjoy the rest of your trip. Hugs grandma and grandpa.

  • Mimi April 26, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Wow! The Snake Path was really steep and I can’t believe that some of you ran down.
    Skylar, how was the experience in the Dead Sea? I am sure you will never forget that dip… Everyone looks amazing and having fun.
    The pool must of felt refreshing after you dip in the Dead Sea.
    Rest well and I can’t wail to see what’s next. So until then, Good Night and Sweet Dreams.
    Love you very much and everyone said Hi at Sunday dinner.

  • Jenna's ima April 26, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    As you described your tour of Masada, I recall all the places you stopped to mention. And did Jenna really go into the Dead Sea? Hooray!!

    You all look so tan and happy. I’m totally jealous. Still happy you’re having a good time. Can’t believe it’s half over!!
    Someone tell Amalya I borrowed her desk for the production of Goldas Balcony tonight. The great prime minister needed a desk, and hey, amalyas in Israel…. Made sense to me. It’ll be all back together when she gets home. Promise.

    Love you all tons. Get in front of the camera Jenna bi want to see that face!!
    I love you bunches

  • The Safians April 26, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Masada and Dead Sea, my favorite day in Israel. Hope you all had a great time.

    Alana – miss you and can’t wait to see you Friday. Enjoy the rest of the trip, you will remember this trip always.

  • Staci ( JZ'S Mom) A.K.A COACH April 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Sounds great!!! Another amazing time without us… so jealous!!!! You all look wonderful and I also love the shirts!!! Are they Orange and blue?!?! If so, JZ… I MIGHT LIKE ONE!!! Just sayin!!!
    LOVE the pics, as usual!!!
    J & Z awesome shot of you two!!!
    Btw- where is your shirt?!?! Please put on sunscreen. ..
    Love you my boy!!!
    Lila Tov

  • susan schiff April 26, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Yes, Dad’s right! NO RUNNING DOWN THE SNAKE PATH! Nothing good can come of that…. You guys look amazing! Ben I miss you tons and can’t wait till Friday. Until then continue to enjoy every minute. What an incredible opportunity this is. I love you, Mom

  • cheryl aka zach's mom April 26, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Hi everyone! You all look so great and happy. Sounds like the Dead Sea was really cool. Love those shirts! Zach–you look right at home eating ice cream &taking a nap!
    Love you, buddy. Keep taking pics 🙂

  • Ben's Dad April 26, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I just finished writing on the last blog page (please go back and read if you missed it yesterday!) when today’s page popped up! So, I’m writing again!!

    Nice job Ben, Ally and Skylar leading the service; how special to be able to pray at such an historically significant site. And the views must have been amazing. I hope that you took a lot of photos.

    I course you ran down the snake path…I’m glad that Mom was not there to see that!

    Be well Ben-My-Man. Love you,

    p.s. Thanks for all the pictures!

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