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28 Apr

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.

Laila tov,

Ally, Elana, Skylar, Marcy, Amalya and 8th graders

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  • Babaganoush April 29, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Dear Eighth Grade, Morah Marcy and Morah Amalya,
    We miss you alot! In science, we are making a wind project, it’s alot of fun, we love it! We like Morah Donna and we had a great time with her, but we miss all of you too! ! We are learning new things every day.
    We hope you are all having fun! You are sooooooooooo lucky you all get to eat all of that GREAT food,expecially the falafel and the yogurt and the hummus and the pita and the shawarma and the shakshuka – have you tried the babaganoush? haha!! ! The Lorax wasn’t as good without you, neither was Yom Ha’Atzmaut.
    We missed you when we went to see Alexander vihayom ayome, vinorah, vigarooah, vilow tov bichlal! but we enjoyed it anyway, but we are sure you are having fun too.
    Morah Amalya – We miss you ALOT!!! Hebrew is not as much fun without you but we are really getting through the book wth Morah Rachel and Rabbi Amanda. PPPLLLLLEEEAAAASSSSSEEEEEE come back soon! (Does this count as blogging??)
    Eighth Grade – We can’t wait until you come back so we can hear all about your adventures, and we hope you are having fun! The school is quiet without you. You need to come back, even though you probably don’t want to, so you can sign our yearbooks. We can’t wait until 5 and 6 years from now so we can go too!!
    Niseeah Tova,

  • Carmi Kostolitz April 29, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Hi maya papaya,
    Yesterday looked incredible…the pictures were priceless, especially the expressions on your faces went you went down the “Rapids” !! The Galil is so beautiful, it’s my favorite part of the country.
    Stay safe & enjoy these last moments together in Israel!! Thank you again to Amalya & Marcy for taking such good care of all of you, and laughing with you the entire way!

    Love you & miss you SO MUCH!!!

  • Harriet Friedman April 29, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Great Balancing Act, 8th grade.
    Soph– those ballet classes came in handy.
    You should know that your 8th grade fundraising reached its peak on Sunday with the performance of Sandy Laub as Golda in Golda’s Balcony. Twas a full-house. We imagined the views you are all realizing. Albeit, hard to imagine Golda Mair rafting down the Jordan….

    Much Love,

  • David & Heather Korman April 29, 2015 at 3:21 am


    Yoga Tefillah, you will have to teach Rabbi Farbman this one. I bet he will want to try it at Emanuel. How was the pizza truck? As good as your Bat Mitzvah? The rafting looked great. Bring back the warm weather with you.

    See you soon

    Love and miss you

    Mom & Dad

  • Rafi April 29, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Hi Hana!

    Israel looks amazing this time of year. I love your cool shades too.

    Who’s the guys sticking his tongue in the picture? Looks like something I would have done.

    I can’t wait to hear about some of the adventures you’ve been on, Israelis that you have met and different foods you’ve tasted. Oh yeah, stick a note in the western wall for me and the family 🙂

    I Love You,

    Big Bruddah Rafi

  • Jonathan F April 29, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Rafting and mountaintop views and pizza, all in one day! Plus sleeping on top of a jagged rock with a siddur nearby. It keeps looking amazing, day after day. We’re all looking forward to seeing you in three days. (Especially Tallulah. When she moans in her sleep, I’m pretty sure it’s yearning for you.)
    Lots of love,

  • ILA (for Alana) April 29, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Rafting, pizza, ice cream, and everything else! What adventures you are having Alana!
    We love all the photos .
    Papa marty and I are at your house tonight because we are going to New York tomorrow.
    It is much too quiet here without you.
    We miss you- see you Friday !
    Ila and papa Marty

  • marty Feldman April 29, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Ok now for real…Hana , you did all that climbing, and rafting, and kayaking? I want the full report.
    I hope you did, because it all sounds so amazingly fun! I want to do all of that, even the Pizza and lemonade.

    The Sea of Galille is so pretty and calm. I swam in it early in the morning and late in the day…beautiful.

    Well, I see you are all still smiling! GREAAT. Only a couple days left..time went by fast!

    Love, Dad…Marty

  • batsheva April 29, 2015 at 2:21 am


    you look like you’re having so much fun. going rafting down the jordan river is by far one of the best parts of the israel trip. i’m so happy you saw shaina!! she told me she turned around to you screaming “HI!” at her. i still cant believe you were break dancing on ben yehudah street – amazing. i love you so much and i really miss you. israel is a very special place and its hard to leave. you will always remember this trip. stay safe, drink water, dont break my ipod, and see you soon. <3


  • Eric Grubman April 29, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Ally, the pictures are great and it looks like you guys are having an amazing time. We miss you. I have been feeding your fish three times a day, just as you requested. He’s really getting big. Must be a growth spurt. Have fun.
    Mom & Dad

  • eileen Glickmaneileen glickman April 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Dear Ben,
    What an Amazing day. It must have been fabulous to be surrounded by such beauty. Rafting on the Jordan River must have been exciting. You all look so wonderful. It is so great to be able to read all of these fantastic descriptions of your journey. Be Safe and Well. Can’t wait to see you! All of our Love, Nanny and Poppy

  • The Safians April 28, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Great pictures today, we loved all the adventures.

    With all the outdoors I’m glad to see Alana hasn’t taken her hat off. NO SUNBURNS!!!!

    Rangers vs. Capitals in the 2nd round. Islanders blew it last night.

    Miss you. Love,

    Mom & Dad

  • Staci ( JZ'S Mom) A.K.A COACH April 28, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    That is very funny Uncle San & very true!!! When we take him to Israel… it’s a total “beach vacation” for us!!!

  • Uncle San April 28, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    JZ….so glad you are having such a great time…your mom and I discuss the blog every night but we do say to each other Those kids sure do a lot of hiking…if we were there we would be sitting by a beach somewhere relaxing while you kids would be hiking….lol…….then we would meet you kids out for a nice steak dinner ….not a big fan of falafel….Love you buddy ……Uncle San

  • Mimi April 28, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Everyone looks very hot and tired, but still having fun. My yoga teacher would love to see these yoga moves because I didn’t recognize them. Ha!Ha! Skylar, why is your head down? You didn’t fall asleep did you? Only kidding!
    The raft ride looked like a lot of fun and some looked shocked by the rapids…. Pics were great..
    Well, you can all say at least that you didn’t lack good food. The talk of food even made me hungry.
    Journey on and see you soon Skylar.

    Sweet Dreams, but I guess you are all ready in dreamland..
    Love you whole bunches, Mimi

  • Jenna's ima April 28, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Whoooosh! Who tossed Jenna in? I have my guess, but I’ll wait to hear it firsthand.

    What a gorgeous day.

    Can’t wait to see you all. I’m sure you’re thinking of ways to stay.

    Much love from green and lush North Carolina. Pene and J and the critters can’t wait to see you!


  • Edyse Smith April 28, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    JZ..so glad youre having an amazing trip..Love being able to see all the pictures.. auntie Edyse

  • Staci (JZ'S Mom) April 28, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Me too 🙂

  • Staci (JZ'S Mom) April 28, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Hi Everyone-
    Clearly another amazing day had by all!!! I am always so excited to see your smiling faces!!! That rafting ride looked like it was a blast… I am glad it wasn’t me who was pushed out of the boat, into that freezing water ;-)))!!! I can’t wait to hear all about these cool adventures when you guys come home.
    The pics, yet again, are priceless, thank you!!!
    I especially LOVE the picture today of you sitting on the rock, practicing your reading. I also LOVE the shot of you, Rafi & Ally… You all look great, happy & healthy!!! It has been such a gift to take this journey with you. I see by the countless different expressions on your face, that this trip far surpassed any and all expectations you may have had!!!
    Bubbi and Papa, send their love. Yes, the made it home safely.
    Baby Boy, have fun, continue to take it all in!!! Be safe and know that your Mommy loves you infinity & beyond!!!
    Miss you!!!

  • susan schiff April 28, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Benj, I forgot to say I love you.

  • susan schiff April 28, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Wow! Cool river ride! That’s a perfect way to cool off. As usual food looks amazing…. I miss you Benj, counting the days! Mama Bear

  • Stacey April 28, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    That looks amazing! Nice yoga moves Ari!! You all look so great! So happy you guys are having the time of your life!

  • Sara April 28, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Dearest Elijah,
    Wow! What a wild ride that must have been, Honey! The look on your face says it all. Whatever you were looking at as your raft went over must have been pretty awesome. Can’t wait to hear about it in person.
    So glad you were able to visit Banias in the ancient city of Caesarea in the Golan Heights. You have been on quite the journey, my dear! Keep on trekking and having fun! Gd bless you and keep you safe. I love you and miss you, Mom xoxoxo

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