We began our day with Tefillah in Jerusalem followed by a trip to Yad Lekashish, a Lifeline for the Elderly. This is an organization which gives jobs to new elderly immigrates and teaches them life skills using art. We walked through two of the workshops, the first one being the metal workshop where we watched elderly men cut metal and shaping into Judaic designs. The second was the textile workshop where we observed men and women knit, paint, crochet and more. Afterwards, we went down to the gift shop where we were able to buy the items that the elderly had made.
We then drove two hours up North to Falafel Golani, in Afula, a well known falafel restaurant where the cook physically throw the falafel balls into the air and catch it with the pita bread (we included a link below of a video our tour guide took). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_ZAOfsB7IY
Following lunch, we volunteered at Leket Israel where we spent an hour, picking kohlrabi. We filled ten crates full of them! We were very proud of the job we did.
Next stop was an Sde Eliyahu, an orthodox kibbutz where we learned about their history and their commitment to working the land. We learned that they developed different agricultural strategies to fight off rodents and bugs that eat their crops, using owls!
Half and hour later, we were up North in kibbutz Deganya (Bet), the first kibbutz ever established in Israel in 1909, where we will be staying for the next two nights. When we got here, we ate dinner and then had a bit of free time to explore the area.
After dinner we got dressed in a white shirt and dark colored pants and headed to a Yom HaZikaron service held for the kibbutz members who fell while serving in the IDF. Afterwards we sat in a circle and Morah Amalya read Raz’s (the emissary) speech that she wrote for the community Yom Hazikaron event. Our madrich, Tani also read about his friend that died while serving in the army. Most of us cried, hugged and comfort each other.
We didn’t expect such a powerful connection to Israel and its people.
We are looking forward to see what tomorrow will bring but as for now, we are off to bed.
Love you all,
Alexa, Sam, Morah Amalya, Nurse Carolyn, and the rest of the OBM.