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26 Apr

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





  • Josh Ratner April 27, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    It looks like you are having a fantastic time. Unlike the pigeon in your hand, which looks utterly horrified!

    We hope you are having fun and sleeping occasionally, and that you haven’t gone hoarse yet 🙂

    Mom and Dad

  • Harriet R Friedman April 27, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Day 2 looks terrific.
    We are so glad Aaron is getting cosy with vegetables…and so happy that Ben returned from the treasure hunt at the tel.
    As well you know, your backdrop is really gorgeous, a sight for the rain slogged eyes of your family back here. Just one hope…that you aimed the pigeons eastward.
    Love, Ima and Aba and Sophia too

  • Joshua Sapire April 27, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Hey Noah,

    Just got home from the late shift at work, finally got a chance to look again at the blog. You look like your having a good time and your smile is making us happy. Hope the experience with the Bedouins was interesting- certainly unique. Ok – off to bed. All my love, Dad.

  • Sara Labowe April 26, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Dear Jaden,
    What a day you had! The Negev is such beautiful and spiritual place.
    I like the photos of you holding the pigeon before letting it fly free and at the bedouin lunch–looks yummy! I am glad you are wearing that blue hat–it makes it easy to spot you in the photos taken from a distance. It would be great to see more close up pix of you–hint-hint!!

    Here’s a riddle for you:
    Can you name three consecutive days in English without using the words Wednesday, Friday or Sunday?
    Stay tuned for the answer… 🙂

    Dr. Waynik just emailed us to let us know that you’ve just had an amazing day #3 riding camels, visiting Masada and the Dead Sea, and seeing Jerusalem. I am looking forward to hearing all about your experiences on tomorrow’s blog entry.

    Keep having fun and enjoying all you do. Gd bless you, stay safe.

    Sending all my love,

  • Yoni April 26, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Hello my friends i see you have returned

  • Eli Levy April 26, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Did you actually eat a vegetable? It looks like you are having such a terrific time! Gabe and I miss you.

  • Alexandra April 26, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Hey Jacob miss you hope you are having fun love you Alexandra

  • Judy and Steve Kleinstein April 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm


    Great to see you eating cucumbers and prepping your green thumb for the summer here! Everything looks so beautiful; even just looking at the pictures is amazing. Must be awesome to see those sights in person.


    Mom and Dad

  • Jonathan Freiman April 26, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Bonfires in the desert – it’s getting downright biblical! Sounds –and looks — like another amazing day: art and nature and history and politics and culture, all in a day.

  • Stephen Dawes April 26, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    OMG Bruno Mars saw this blog and commented! Continues to look amazing. Jacob what’s with the pants, isn’t it hot? Great news – England had to back out of hosting the 2018 FIL (world lacrosse championship), and guess who stepped up to host – that’s right – Israel! Hope you are using your camera.

  • Sara Sapire April 26, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Another amazing day for you guys! Thanks for sharing your experiences so that we can follow along with you. I didn’t see these places when I went to Israel, so it is like a whole new place to explore. Enjoy each moment! Thanks for the smiles, Noah! It is great to see you are having so much fun. Love, Mom, Dad & Ethan!!

  • Scott Ranani April 26, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Jack.
    I just finished teaching conics sections to my pre-caclulus class. Part of their homework was to look up real life uses of the conic sections they were assigned. When the parabola group went, we had a discussion about solar cookers. The example they brought up and found was Environmental High School in Madreshet making and bringing solar cookers to the Bedouins in Israel! What a coincidence! The pictures look great. Keep eating! I have to get back to class. Bell rang. I love you. Dad

  • Cathy Sutherland April 26, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I loved Ein Avdat too. It is an amazing place. I am so pleased to see all of you having such a great time.

  • Miriam Benson April 26, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    News from Lake Wobegon: another rainy day! another day of indoor recess! woohoo! and your news? way more exciting. so glad you got to Ein Avdat!! XOXO MOM PS: more news, just in from Dad, hot off the press, as follows:

    Score Card:

    Mousedom 4
    Humanity 1

    This morning, one member of the species museus mouseus was removed to Edgewood Park, where it is establishing its new home.

  • michelle dawes April 26, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you for the descriptive blog and all the pictures. It really brings the trip to life! We’re so happy you’re having an amazing time and an amazing trip — and its only day 2! All the food looks so yummy. Jacob, I think I actually saw a camera in your hand – is it true, are you actually taking a picture?!?! Please please let it be true. We love you and miss you tons, but make the most of this trip of a lifetime. xoxo momma dawes

  • Dr. Waynik April 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I love Ein Avdat! Do they still have the ladders along the walls? It always made me a little nervous but I felt great when I made it up! Drink lots of water, keep your hats on, and …Have fun!!!

  • The Ashkenazi's April 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Eviatar – Your face expression in front of the food platter? PRICELESS.
    It is called vegetables. It comes in different colors (including green) and it taste good. You might consider trying it before leaving for college.

  • Monica, Andy and Yoni April 26, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Beautiful pictures! We are envious of all the sun you are getting – you picked a great time to leave Connecticut. It is dreary and cold here. Love you!

  • Bruno Mars April 26, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Kibbutzin’ breakfast so right
    Tent in the desert all night
    Lucky for you that’s what I like
    What I like

  • Elizabeth Rosenberg April 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    You guys are all keeping busy! It looks like you are all having a blast. The pictures are just amazing and make those of us at home jealous 🙂 Alexa it is so great to see you in these pictures. I see you have your camera so please continue to take many photos – you know how I am with the camera! We miss you so much! Missing the pink hat! I love the group picture of the boys together and the one of the girls in the canyon. Very cool. Alexa Jordan stay safe and enjoy the experience. WE love you so much. Mom and Dad

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