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07 May

Day 12: Children’s Museum, Naḥalat Binyamin, Shuk HaCarmel, Tour of Yafo, Shabbat

On Friday we woke up at 6:30 a.m. and had tefillah at 7:00. We drove on the bus to the Children’s Museum (הישראלי  הילדים מוזיאון), where we split up into two groups: One group went to the Dialogue in the Dark exhibit and one to Dialogue With Deafness. In Dialogue in the Dark, students were put in groups and walked for an hour through a tunnel with no light. We couldn’t see anything, and the tour guide, who was blind, explained that this was what it’s like to be blind. In Dialogue With Deafness, we were each given noise cancelling headphones, and were given directions without being able to hear. It was an eye-opening experience. From there, we drove to Naḥalat Binyamin, the art fair in Tel Aviv, where we shopped and saw many different beautiful art pieces. Immediately following this we went to the next street over and shopped at Shuk HaCarmel, where we bought more things and met with former emissaries Amit, Yuval, and Matan. We had a pizza and sushi lunch. Then our amazing tour guide Yonit took us on a bus tour through the ancient port city of Yafo (Jaffa). There, we learned about the story of Andromeda and of Nicanor’s Doors. We also overlooked a beautiful scene of the sea and a Tel Aviv beach. We came back to the hotel and prepared for Shabbat by showering and putting on nice clothes. After having Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv services by a sunset overlooking Jerusalem, we had a delicious Friday night meal, followed by an activity with the Madrikhim. Then we all went to bed for a nice, long sleep.

—Noam Benson-Tilsen, Morah Amalya, Nurse Carolyn, and the 8th graders

23:23:23 6.5.2017


  • Sara Labowe May 7, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Dear Jaden,
    Safe travels and I’ll see you very soon.
    I love you, Mom xoxoxo

  • Joshua Ratner May 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    What a happy and not-at-all exhausted looking group!

    Dimitri, we can’t wait to welcome you back in the morning. I never knew your siblings actually loved you this much 🙂

    Safe travels home and try to sleep on the plane.

  • Steven and Elizabeth Rosenberg May 7, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Alexa – so excited to see you tomorrow and so is Chase – he keeps saying “I miss Lexi so much”. So cute. Safe travels to you all, we are counting down the hours. Love mom & dad.

  • Miriam Benson May 7, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Pizza and sushi…yummmmmm! And
    …I am soooooooo glad to read that you showered…Thank God for Shabbat! Xoxo mom

  • Gabe Levy May 7, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Sheeba goes into dark tunnels with no problems. She can see in the dark and does not even need her super hearing to listen to the mice in the basement 🙂 She can hunt like Sheeba!

  • Eli Levy May 7, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    The Amity Soccer Club won their game last Saturday and lost on last Sunday. The game on Saturday was cancelled due to rain. You look like you’re having an amazing time!

    Its so nice to see that you are well now and recovered from that cold. Hang in there! One more day then another 18 hour flight home.

  • Anonymous May 7, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Pizza and sushi…yummmmmm! And
    …I am soooooooo glad to read that you showered…Thank God for Shabbat! Xoxo mom

  • Rabbi Amanda May 7, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I love the Dialogue in the Dark! It is a really instructive place to visit. You all look wonderful in your Ramah t-shirts and your shabbat clothes. I am looking forward to hearing all your stories. See you tomorrow!

  • Sara May 7, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Wonderful to see your smiling faces! Looking forward to welcoming you home tomorrow!

  • Jody Ellant May 7, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Safe travels home . Enjoy the waining moment of your trip.

  • Monica May 7, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Great t-shirts! Looking forward to seeing you on Monday!!!!

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