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24 Apr

Hey guys!!

Approximately 32 hours ago we met in the Ezra gym. We have not slept since then. After a festive goodbye, we boarded the bus and headed cheerfully off to Newark, New Jersey. The waiting time was long so we filled it with snacks, chess, cards, and the occasional isolated iPod usage. We finally boarded the plane, and at 1:30 we set off across the Atlantic towards one of the most meaningful experiences of our lives. But don’t be fooled, the ten-hour plane ride was definitely not the most enjoyable part. After ten hours of torment, we checked through customs and met our tour guide, Yonit, and madrichim, Sara and Tani! We walked outside out into Tel Aviv and breathed our first ounce of Israeli air. We did a few icebreakers, spoke about Yom Hashoah, and boarded the bus!

We drove on the highway for a bit, and then pulled over on the side of the road, where we waited for a few minutes until the Siren sounded at 10:00 (Israel time). Seeing this with our own eyes was an emotional experience for some of us. We then boarded the bus and headed to lunch! After a quick meal of Holy Bagels and muffins, we boarded the bus again and headed to Dig for a Day!


There, we excavated part of the 84th cave on Moreshet hill, a fake hill that we learned was called a ‘tel.’ We found items from the everyday lives of the people who lived in Israel nearly 2000 years ago. We then went on a really fun cave walk where we went through all of the 84th excavated cave system. We all agree that is was a blast!

After that we drove to Ben Gurion’s grave. Even though most of us would’ve preferred to stay sleeping on the bus and go straight to the kibbutz, the scenery was breathtaking and not worth missing. We learned about ben Gurion’s mission and admired the view of the Negev, which we will be hiking tomorrow! We boarded the bus again and went to the Kibbutz Mashabe Sade.

We ate a delicious meal for dinner, took much-needed showers (the cave expedition was by no means clean), and learned the names of the Kellman-Brown students. We had a quick meeting with Morah Amalya and Nurse Carolyn, and headed to our rooms to prepare for the exciting, superb, extravagant day to come.


Sam, Aaron, Morah Amalya, Nurse Carolyn and the rest of the blogging gang!


  • sidney friedman April 26, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    GO Ezra!!!


  • President Donald J Trump April 26, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Just heard about this blog from ivanka – looks like a great blog, the best blog – think it’s going to be huge. Thought I would write a message wishing you a great trip, the best trip – Iran sounds like a wonderful place…what’s that ivanka? Oh, they are in Israel, not Iran, too many countries start with an I – luckily a trip to Israel would be an even better trip, the best trip. You should stop and visit with my friend Bibi – pick up a copy of the Dead Sea scrolls – definitely not fake news there. Have fun and keep the pictures coming

  • Steven & Elizabeth Rosenberg April 26, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Alexa Jordan waiting to hear about your latest adventures! Looking forward to more pictures. Aliyah also missing you – but don’t worry she is keeping us awake all night. We love and miss you💕. Forever to the moon and back…mom & dad

  • Anonymous April 25, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Noah! Looks like it took u no time at all to get acclimated – continue to enjoy the trip and experience as much as you can. Looking forward to hearing about everything when u return. All my love. Dad.

  • Henry Ranani April 25, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I hope you are having an amazing time in Israel. The blog about the dig for a day brought back amazing memories from when we were there. I’m sooooo jealous and hope you continue to have a great time.

    P.S.- Thanks for leaving me with two weeks of dishes.

  • Scott April 25, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    So jealous, looks like an amazing time already.

  • Jonathan Freiman April 25, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Wow, it looks like an extraordinary trip so far. And from the big smiles on everyone’s faces, it looks like it feels extraordinary too! Caleb, relish every moment of this: of the trip, of your friends, of experiencing it all together. Lots of love, Dad

  • jessica pond April 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    So relieved you are there safely!! I am so jealous! Have a blast, miss you already!!
    Love Sissy

  • Jacob Kleinstein April 25, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I wish I was on the beach with you. Two weeks is a long time to wait. I love you.

  • Morah Miriam aka Mom April 25, 2017 at 11:13 am

    News from Lake Woebegone: raining here. Oh no! indoor recess! That’s about it for our extremely exciting news…and you guys?? XOXO Mom PS: While you’re down south, humor me, and sing this, OK? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkXT5x5oti0

  • The Ashkenazi's April 25, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Hey, Eviatar, turn the hat around. The whole idea is to get some cover from the sun… 🙂

  • Ashkenazi April 25, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Wow,what a day! sounds busy but good and already meaningful.
    Thanks for your blog and the pictures, its a pleasure to be able to live the Israel adventure through your eyes and words.
    Have a good second day,
    The Ashkenazis
    Eviatar, are you there or somewhere with Ben????

  • Jackie Bogdanoff April 25, 2017 at 2:33 am

    You all look so great! I love reading the blog and seeing pictures of all of you. Good job. Have the time of your life. Miss you all. It is definitely very quiet here.

  • Judith Bruder April 25, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Have a wonderful time, Libby! It’s a great adventure. Love you, Pamma Bruder

  • Judith Bruder April 25, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Hi, Libby! What a great adventure! Have a wonderful time, I look forward to hearing all about it. Take plenty of photos! Love you, Pamma

  • Judith Bruder April 25, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Hello, Libby, What a great adventure! Have a wonderful time, I’ll hope to hear about it when you
    return. Love you! Pamma

  • Rebecca Tishkoff April 25, 2017 at 1:48 am

    You are all off to a great start! I love seeing all your smiling faces.
    I look forward to seeing many more great pictures and hearing more about your adventures and learning.
    Mom aka Dr. Tishkoff

  • Alexandra April 25, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Hey Jacob and the other 8th graders – miss you guys but the school is so much quieter without you all here.

  • Stephen April 25, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Thanks for the update, now get some sleep. More awesome adventures ahead. Jacob the team won at Shelton on Sunday 13 – 5 – we watched your plane fly overhead and gave you the bird ha ha – enjoy your trip.
    Great blogging you bloggity bloggers keep up the good work!

  • Harriet R Friedman April 25, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Yo Ben,
    Are you in Israel too?
    Don’t see you in the group pix with the terrific background of that wonderful place to which Aaron and the rest of the grand Ezra class of 2017 traveled …just yesterday, I believe.
    Your sister is quite jealous of the great adventure Aaron and the rest of the class are having…are you there too? I think the only thing for you to do, henceforth and forevermore, is to get with the program and get in the picture.
    …unless they left you at the tel? digging for more treasure? is this like pirates101 for real?
    Can’t wait for more pictures and blogs…its great to see and read about your experiences. Sending much love, Ima

  • Scott and Dana Ranani April 25, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Sounds like you guys are off and running making amazing memories already. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces. When we showed Will the pictures he was wondering where the school bus was. He kept looking for it. Photographers and blog posters: If you get a chance in your hectic schedule, please take a picture of the bus and post it, along with your smiling faces. Will will greatly appreciate it. Jack, we love you. Mom and Dad

  • Monica, Andy and Yoni April 25, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Looks like lots of fun! Enjoy! Hope everyone gets some well deserved sleep.

  • Charlie April 25, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Aaron and Ben
    You look great and happy
    Have a great time
    Love Aba

  • Elizabeth Rosenberg April 25, 2017 at 12:32 am

    One more comment – I absolutely love the “class picture” the backdrop is amazing – how beautiful. Alexa keep wearing that pink hat – it make it so easy for me to find you 🙂 I miss you so much and can’t wait to hear about all these amazing adventures to come. I hope you are taking a lot of pictures that you will cherish forever. I love you AJBR. XXXOOO

    Love mom.

  • The Bruders April 24, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Libby – It’s just not the same here without you. We miss you but are thrilled to see the great experiences you are having. Enjoy! And thank you Amalya and Carolyn!

  • The Hass Family April 24, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Wow, sounds like such an adventurous start! And after not sleeping on the plane either. Glad you were able to do tefillah barefoot on the beach and be there for the Yom Hashoah sirens. Samantha: We miss you — it is so quiet here without you. Can’t wait to hear about day #2, bloggers! Love, Mom, Dad, Ethan and Jordan

  • The best class there ever was at Ezra Academy April 24, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Aw, we remember doing this like it was yesterday!! You guys have an amazing trip ahead of you and we can’t wait to relive our eighth grade trip through these blog posts. Also MAJORRRRR shoutout to Yonit who we all love and miss so so so so much!! Make the most of your time In Israel and enjoy these next few days!!
    (p.s. pls read this comment morah amalya)
    Elana and the class of 2015

  • Morah Beth April 24, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    So glad you are there safely! Enjoy the rest of your journey!!!!

  • Eydan April 24, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Ethan- I don’t like being at Ezra without you! Have fun in Israel, but hurry up and come back soon!

  • Rosie and Ruby Brud-ruff April 24, 2017 at 11:04 pm


  • Nimrod and Rebecca April 24, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Ethan! It sounds like boot camp. If this is what you’re doing on the first day after landing ,I can’t imagine what awaits. It was very moving to hear you were present during the Yom Hashoah siren and seeing you guys in a circle shouting I am a Jew in the land of Israel. Wow!
    I have no doubt you will have a great time. Cant wait to see tomorrows pictures…. love and miss you! Aba and Mommy

  • Rosie and Ruby Brud-ruff April 24, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Wow what a whirlwind, an amazing start to an amazing trip!
    We miss you Libby xxoo!
    (Meow, woof)

  • Steven and Elizabeth Rosenberg April 24, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    We are so happy to hear that you have arrived safely. The pictures look amazing and make us want to travel as well. Who is the photographer? Great job! Alexa Jordan we miss you terribly but are so happy to see you smile. Have a great time and make the most of this experience of a lifetime. We love and miss you so much. All our love – Mom and Dad.

  • Anni Drukier April 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    You are going to have a blast Noah ! Enjoy your time and take pictures 😘😘

  • Elijah April 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Jaden, looks awesome. I hope your having a fun time!
    Tell Yonit I say hi, and mom wants to let you know Coco is doing fine.

  • Sara Labowe April 24, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Thank-you for the great update! Mazel tov on your safe landing everyone. What a memorable Yom HaShoah you all have shared. Jaden, we already miss you very much here at home and we are so happy to see your smiling face in the photos. What a beautiful place you hiked to on your first day. Thinking of you and sending all my love, Mom xoxoxo

  • Steve and Judy Kleinstein April 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Looks like a great time. You all look so happy. Love the scenery!

  • Cathy Sutherland April 24, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Aaron, thanks for your email regarding the mile run. Have a great time, eat well and sleep well, I know you will be doing enough hiking to get ready for the mile. Your photos bring back such great memories for me.

  • Fran Fine April 24, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Amazing opportunity – enjoy your travels! Looking forward to seeing more of Israel through your eyes!

  • Eli Levy April 24, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Jacob, I love the money hat. Looks like it was a good choice for the desert.

  • Dr. Waynik April 24, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Great writing bloggers! We miss you already. It is soooo quiet around hear!!! Sleep well tonight and hit the road running tomorrow!

  • Rabbi Amanda April 24, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Gosh, it sounds like a lot for the first day. I am glad you all took showers. Please tell us some more about the students from the other school. It’s a bit quiet here without you, but since it’s Yom HaShoah, the quiet was good. I am not sure how tomorrow will be. I hope you get a good night’s sleep.

  • Ali Cranshaw April 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    What a great experience!! We can’t wait to hear all about it from you when you get back! Have a great time!

  • Miriam Benson April 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    so great to see your report!! keep on writing!! the photos are great, thanks!! News from here: cloudy with a chance of meatballs. Trump is still President. The End. Love, Miriam, Mom, and Morah Miriam

  • Sara Sapire April 24, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Looks like an amazing start to a wonderful trip! We miss you Noah! Great seeing you in pics!

  • Gabe Levy April 24, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Sheeba #1!

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