Today was a day all about nature. The first thing we did was drive to a place called Har Arbel. To get up to the top we had a short 15 minute hike up a small incline. As we walked up, there were a lot of beautiful types of flowers. We also looked out over the Kinneret, also called the Sea of Galilee, which was an amazing view! Once at the top, we had a very calming yoga-themed tefillah led by Ari, Maya. For each prayer that we sang there was a new yoga pose. We ended with a meditation picture and private Amidah. All together this was a very peaceful tefillah time.
After tefillah, we all became very hungry. Our guardians took us to a kibbutz with a pizza truck. There, we had amazing pizza and fresh lemonade with mint in it! After we filled our stomachs, we went to a place called Banais. This is a nature preserve that has a spring connecting to many different rivers. We went on a gorgeous nature walk over bridges and past waterfalls. Even thought it was one of the hottest days we’ve experienced while in Israel, it was still an amazing experience.
After all of that walking, we cooled off by kayaking, or as some might say rafting, in the Jordan River. We all got into our rafts and began our adventure. We all had an amazing time as people jumped and were pushed into the water. We even pushed Morah Amalya and Morah Marcy in the freezing river! As Rafi said, “Throwing off Morah Amalya was a moment of a lifetime.” We managed to throw off all the kids and most of the chaperones. During the raft ride, we went down a small rapid, where they took our picture! The pictures were funny because most of us weren’t ready for it! After rafting, some of us finished the day by buying ice cream and snacks for the ride back to the Kibbutz.
Back at our temporary home, we had dinner in the dining hall, played basketball and had a “peula” (activity) led by Yael, our madricha. Another fantastic day in Israel.
Ally, Elana, Skylar, Marcy, Amalya and 8th graders