Day 2: Ein Avdat, Ben-Gurion’s Hut, the Salad Trail, Rockets to Roses, and Staying with Bedouins
We started our day at 6:15 a.m. and ate breakfast thirty minutes later at the Kibbutz Mashabbei-Sadeh Dining Hall. By 7:15, we had gathered our things and clambered into the bus on our way to a hike through Ein Avdat, a canyon in the Negev. With comments from our amazing tour guide Yonit, we walked through the canyon, culminating with a beautiful waterfall. We then drove up to the peak of the canyon, where two Kellman-Brown students (Isaac and William) led us in a moving tefillah facing east toward the fantastic view and Jerusalem. Our next destination was Ben-Gurion’s Hut, where we watched a mini-documentary about David Ben-Gurion and his life in Kibbutz Sde Boker. After visiting his house and touring the kibbutz, we went on to Shvil Hasalat (the Salad Trail) where we ate lunch and delicious fruits and vegetables from the gardens. To finish our experience there, we released ten pigeons to represent peace in Israel. From there we walked to an artist’s workshop called Rockets to Roses. The artist, Yaron Bob, makes metal roses and other sculptures from the remains of rockets fired from Gaza, symbolizing Israelis’ hope for peace. Yaron Bob, has made many sculptures for many important leaders including a hanukkiyah for the White House as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. He made each of us a special something, to be revealed at home (don’t worry families, we got you souvenirs). We made a pit stop at the mall and continued a long bus ride to Kfar Noqdim, a Bedouin tourist village where we are staying for the night. So far in the village, we have spoken with a Bedouin man named Ismail, ate dinner sitting on mattresses, and had a bonfire. We are now going to sleep. Laila Tov!
—Eviatar Ashkenazi, Noam Benson-Tilsen, Nurse Carolyn, Morah Amalya, and the 8th Grade 22:55 25.4.2017