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02 May


Day Seven: Tz’fat, Golan Heights, Resting, and Yom Ha’atzmaut

To begin the day, the Ezra ­­Academy–KBA group woke up at 6:15 a.m., went to tefillah—with a Torah scroll—on the kibbutz. Jamie lifted the Torah for the 1st time! After tefillah we went to breakfast. Straight from breakfast, we rode north on our bus to Tz’fat, where we visited the gallery of Sheva Chaya, a glassblower. She showed us the process of creating a glass pomegranate; she also enlightened us on the spiritual connection between glass and Tz’fat. After that, we visited the candle museum, bought food and gifts, walked down the artists’ alley, and had a pizza lunch—after walking up many, many, many steps. We drove another hour north to Ben Tal, an extinct volcano in the Golan Heights. From the top of Ben Tal, we could see the buffer line between Israel and Syria. The mountain contains many bunkers built by Jordan during Israel’s war for independence. There, Yonit our tour guide talked about Israel’s war history, describing in depth Israel’s major wars and talking about the story of Eli Cohen who was one of the greatest spies to ever live. Most students walked through the bunker on the way to the bus; we drove back to the kibbutz and, after receiving our laundry, rested for about 90 minutes. At 6:30 p.m., we went to a festive Yom Ha’atzmaut dinner. At 8:30pm, the whole group went on the bus and drove to Tiberias for Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations. After two hours of shooting silly string, buying ice cream, and listening to air horns and loud music, we came back to the kibbutz while listening to Israeli music. We arrived and promptly went to “sleep.”


—Noam Benson-Tilsen, Jack Ranani, Morah Amalya, Nurse Carolyn and the 8th graders

1.5.2017       23:55 Too late




  • Gabe Levy May 3, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Sheeba had a party for Yom Ha’atzmaut with all of her friends in Jacob’s room! Woot! Woot! Woot! Woot!

  • Jonathan Freiman May 2, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I’d missed the last few days’ blog entries, and sitting down to read them all at once this morning – wow! What a beautiful, glorious, meaningful whirlwind the OBM has been on. May the rest of the days be just as good. Caleb, I love you. And I think I’m going to go buy some kohlrabi.

  • Jackie Bogdanoff May 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Eighth graders, wow, it looks like you are having such a great time. What a trip! Carolyn, you look so happy. I can’t wait to talk to you when you get back to hear all about your time in Israel. Love to you and Amalya. I miss you both.

  • Sara Sapire May 2, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    HI Noah,
    Glad to see you were able to take part in the celebrations.
    Hope you are having fun.
    Love, Mom

  • Elizabeth Rosenberg May 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Okay I have to echo thoughts of many of the other parents – Alexa (girls) can everyone try to take single shots of all the classmates (sorry, I am a photographer by heart), this way everyone will have at least one or two nice individual shots of your time in Israel. Share the camera Alexa Jordan Belle! There that being said I loved all the pictures and your days sound exhausting yet full of adventure and experiences of a lifetime. I think of Nurse Carolyn and Morah Amalya – bless both of you – this trip looks exhausting, stay strong!!! Carolyn I am enjoying Gabe’s company 🙂
    Alexa you look very happy and we cant want to talk to you on Friday! Love you so much – Mom & Dad

  • Elena Ratner May 2, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Sounds like an awesome day. I wish I could be there with you! Definitely a fun way to experience Yom Ha’atzmaut.
    Please try to get in more pictures so we can see you in action.

    We love you and miss you!

  • Judy and Steve Kleinstein May 2, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Sounds like another packed and exciting day. Hope you are getting some sleep. Speaking of which…good night.

    Love Mom and Dad

  • Sara Labowe May 2, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Hi Jaden,
    Thank-you for your wonderful phone call–I loved hearing your voice. You sound great! and Happy and enjoying!
    How special it is to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut in Israel. What a wonderful experience it must have been for you. I look forward to hearing all about it from you when you get home. I am very glad for the couple of nice photos of you, honey. BUT–I would appreciate if whoever is taking pictures could please take more of you–especially close ups of you. Balance out the photos of the students. Thank-you!

    By the way, Coco’s doing great and his cage is all clean with thanks to Elijah! 🙂

    Keep having fun and learning and keeping safe.

    I love you and I miss you tons,
    Mom xoxoxo

  • Gilda & Johny Vaserstein May 2, 2017 at 2:10 am

    you guys get to see & experience so much in just one day that we get tired just reading about it.
    It’s amazing all the places you are going & learning about them.
    Love to see you in pictures.
    Continue enjoying,
    Love you,
    Baba & Babo

  • Miriam Benson May 2, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Ahhhh…SD…yes, you did beat me…so…Noam, glad the volcano stayed dormant; note: Har Ben Tal is 14.7 miles from Majdal Shams, where we tried to get to last Feb. but the fog was too thick…very glad you got your laundry! woohoo!! And I SO CANNOT WAIT to hear what exactly is the spiritual connection between glass and Tzfat?!?!? As for us here, news from Lake Wobegon: Raz and Yotam’s Yom Hazikaron ceremony last night was amazing…as was the movie, Beneath the Helmet. Today, I played a song for Keshet that was in the ceremony last night: שי לי עטרי – אצלנו בגן‬‎ – YouTube as well as some other appropriately sad songs. We read Tefilla LeShlom Hayalei Tzahal. Tomorrow: I have built a giant Kotel with attached underground tunnels, in the Youth Lounge. There will be coins, a mikve, a Hasmonean water channel, Large Stones (aka shoeboxes duct-taped together), and Warren’s Arch (made by Gilah of course) involved. XOXO MOM

  • Eli Ratner May 2, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Hi Dimitri we really miss you here. Last night there was a huge disaster where we had to take the turtles out of the tank. Also by the time you are reading this I have finished every book we bought on the nook ( my favorite one was the one about the core and Eliza and the guy with super speed). The tennis match on Thursday we got totally wiped out. I really can’t wait until you get back. I plan to sneak home with you when you arrive on Monday- don’t tell Mom and Dad!

    P.S. you will not get your bed back

  • Harriet R Friedman May 2, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Can tell you guys are tired by the very short blog for today.
    Hope the cupcakes were as good as they looked and that it is not a cell phone you are peering at while in front of Sheva Chaya’s glass studio. (I heard that the NFL draft was suspended until you return..maybe???)
    Sending you lots of strength to keep your energy levels up. Much love XOox

  • Dana Ranani May 2, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Another amazing day!
    I hope you get to sleep late tomorrow after all the partying.
    Jack, did you lose your hat? It seems to be missing from the picture you were in today, hmmm. I need to see your face in more pictures, with or without a hat! We show the pictures to WIll every day. He especially likes the pictures of you on the camel!
    Try every day to take a few moments to reflect on the events of the day.
    Love you,

  • Rebecca Tishkoff May 2, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Awesome job with the Torah Jamie! Thank you for not dropping it.
    Who gave you (the collective you) the red yarn I see on your wrists in some of the pictures ? Jamie, I think there may still be a small piece from Dari on the yellow pack you have with you in Israel.
    Yom Ha’atzmaut in Tiberius sounds like great fun!

  • Lauren Hass May 2, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Wow!!! What an amazing day. You all look so happy! Can’t wait to hear some new Israeli songs when you get back. Yom Haatzmaut Sameach to all of you!

  • Stephen Dawes May 2, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Wow looks awesome some much OBM. I beat Miriam

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