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