• 203-389-5500

30 Apr

Hi all.

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.


  • Gabe Levy May 3, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Sheeba invented kohlrabi.

  • Eli Levy May 3, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Hi Jacob,

    I’m sure the kohlrabi tasted great to you! ha-ha! But i’m sure the falafel made up for it. You doing such wonderful things. Gabe and I miss you.


  • Josh Ratner May 2, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Looking good with the kohlrabi! It sounds like you are having a fantastic time up North. I’m so glad you are getting a chance to experience all of Israel, not just the tourist sites! I hope you are getting in touch with your spiritual self in Tzfat. We look forward to hearing what comes next!

    We love you and can’t wait for you to come home!

  • Joshua Sapire May 2, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Hi Noah – glad to see you’re having fun outside – any bugs in Israel?



  • Jordan Hass May 1, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Samantha, Hope your having the best time ever. I heard you saw Aunt D Bumi and Vicky and Ofir. How are they doing? I miss you to the moon and back. I love you! Can’t wait to hear about tommorow. Hope the rest of your trip is great.

  • Elizabeth Rosenberg May 1, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Hello Alexa and OBM – You are in my favorite place ! Alexa hopefully you will now be prepared to do some gardening upon your return. We are finally getting nice weather! Please continue with the blogs – they are amazing. Great work! Alexa Jordan we continue to miss you like crazy and can’t wait to hear about all that you have experienced. Love you always, Mom & Dad

  • Stephen Dawes May 1, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Jacob did you eat any of the kohlrabi? Does it taste as bad as it looks? I hope you are still having fun, although you won’t tell us if you weren’t. I am just happy to see the kids working, I know most are allergic to it. Will definitely put you to work fixing my lawn when you get home.

    Bar Down,

  • Lauren and Dave Hass May 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Hi OBM — looks like another fantastic day. I just looked up online to read more about the kibbutz where you are staying and it sounds amazing! There’s apparently a chocolate factory and a pool with a beautiful view and lots of Israeli dancing and farms and food… Sounds like you’ve already had a meaningful experience there with their Yom Hazikaron service. Thanks for the video of the falafel, which must have been delicious since you are eating it in ISRAEL!!! xoxo

  • Ashkenazi May 1, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Hi to all,
    A great Israeli experience you are getting, combined with Jewish Mitzvot. Working the land, visiting (and supporting) the elderly, helping provide for Afula Falafel (Eviatar, did you do all that or they forgot you in the Colorabi field, which is really great to eat fresh. I hope you tried this green. It just looks green outside, inside it is white, you are ok with white food, don’t you, or did it change lately?).
    And speaking of the best Falafel, next to where we lived in Givataim was the best Sabich , the”Oved Sabich”, which we loved. You should try that as well. I heard they opened a new location in Herzelia. Attached is the news (it was in the Israeli news, imagine how known it is, it is basically an establishment. Amalya, please check:
    It’s in Hebrew but there is a brief English “commercial’ wording there as well.)
    And to a different tone;
    It is wonderful to hear how emotional you get with visiting important sites, and living Israeli significant traditions like memorial day services, and tonight Yom Haazmaut. You cried in Israel, and we cried too yesterday, only at the memorial ceremony at Orange. I hope you will be happily dancing, singing, and fiercely celebrating tonight. We promise to be happy for/with you.
    Regards to all the Israeli experience founders and to all the Israelis amoung you.
    Love you and miss you Eviatar, mom

  • Sara Sapire May 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Dear Noah – hope you are enjoying sites, sounds and tastes!
    Give big hugs to Ruthy if you see her!
    Love, MOm

  • Ethan Hass May 1, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Dear Samantha,
    I hope you’re having an amazing time in Israel!
    Sounds like you’re having fun!

    Love Ethan

    P.S. Don’t forget to bring back chocolate!

  • Nimrod May 1, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Dear Ethan,
    A Few days ago, I was cleaning the playroom, and they saw your robe. When I was going back to your room I started crying. I wanted to know how you are doing because I love you.
    Don’t forget my chocolate.
    Love Eydan
    P.S I hope you felt embarrassed

  • Harriet R Friedman May 1, 2017 at 1:29 am

    A great day of contrasts for you all.
    I took a look at the falafel guys utube video.. you sure do get your shekel’s worth of falafel there. I am putting this down as a stop for our next visit. Aba says this puts to rest any concerns as to whether you are eating enough (how does kohlrabi taste raw?)
    By now, you are probably over your jet lag and getting into the swing of Hebrew, I hope. Maybe you should stay another week? Ok ok, happy tomorrow to you A and B and your class and stoic Amalya and Nurse Carolyn.
    Love, Friedman and Bruce.

  • Eydan May 1, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Dear Ethan,
    A few days ago, I was cleaning the playroom. When I saw your robe. On the way to your room I started crying. I was hoping you are having a great time and I love you so much. Also don’t forget my מקופלת.
    Love Eydan,
    P.S. I hope you feel really embarrassed.

  • Monica and Yoni May 1, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Eitan, you will be relieved to know that Yoni has graciously agreed to take over you job of bringing out the recycling for you tonight (it’s Sunday night here). We are catching up to you with NCIS episodes! Enjoy the week.

  • Monica May 1, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Eitan, you will be relieved to know that Yoni has graciously agreed to take over you job of bringing out the recycling for you tonight (it’s Sunday night here). We are catching up to you with NCIS episodes! Enjoy the week.

  • The Ashkenazi's May 1, 2017 at 12:34 am

    A vegetable garden. Eviatar, this is like “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Friday the 13th” and “Texas Chainsaw” all together for you, isn’t it?

  • Dr Melanie Waynik May 1, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Anyone volunteering to work in my garden this summer?!

  • Steven Stoll April 30, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Shalom to all of you. I looks like you’re having a great time providing uncompensated labor. I’m sure no kohlrabi is really being harvested. What great pictures from all your stops and events. I am envious of the falafel, the best anywhere. Enjoy and I am enjoying the pictures.

  • Miriam Benson April 30, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    love you guys…My friend Bonnie/Bracha and her hubby Yossi are at Sde Eliahu (have been for…4 decades?) just in case you’re back there say hi…glad you got to the falafel guys…I am about to head out now to our Yom Hazikaron ceremony and movie here, will be at Temple Emanuel, and includes the movie: BENEATH THE HELMET: FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO THE HOME FRONT, and I will tell Raz and Yotam about what you wrote (in case they are not reading), I have been binge-watching Srugim, in your honor, and last night we watched A Tale of Love and Darkness, the movie with Natalie Portman, based on the Amos Oz memoir, also in your honor. Neshikot, Hibukim, MOM

Leave a Comment

%d bloggers like this: