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05 May


Today was definitely eventful! We started off our wonderful day with a visit at Nahalal, the first moshav. If you look at Moshav Nahalal from above, you can see that it is built in a very specific way; there are three different concentric areas. You can find all the public buildings in the center area, and around them you’ll see the residential areas, which are then surrounded by the moshav’s vast farmland. At Nahalal, we had a nostalgic reunion with Zlil, Gal, and Matan, our former school friends at Matan’s school. We bonded with his classmates and made many new friends; we did an activity, which contrasted the Israeli and American cultures. We spilt into groups (with a combination of Ezra, Kellman, and Nahalal kids) and answered questions about various topics; it highlighted the differences and similarities that we have with Israel. It was a great start to the day. After a brief bus ride, we did a “supermarket sweep” competition. We were split into groups of six, and each group was given a grocery list in Hebrew.  Every group got different ingredients for our picnic, and we had to find them in the supermarket by asking workers in Hebrew. After we found all of the ingredients, we used the food we bought to assemble a picnic lunch at a beautiful natural pool called Sachne.  After our picnic lunch, which consisted of pita bread with different spreads, we all went in the Sachne.  We had a great time splashing and swimming in the water. After a late arrival to Maale HaChamisha, our humbe abode for the rest of the trip, it’s now time to catch some z’s. Layla tov!

Sam, Jacob D, Caleb, Jack, Morah Amalya, and the rest of the 8th Graders.

P.S We are happy to report that Nurse Carolyn is feeling much better!


  • Miriam Benson May 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I love Anonymous!

  • Anonymous May 5, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I love Miriam’s posts!!

  • Sara Labowe May 5, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Great photos of you guys swimming and having fun!
    Jaden, what was it like to see Gal, Matan and Zlil?! They have grown so much and, no doubt, feel the same about you all. I am so happy to see you enjoying everything and I look forward to hearing about it all.
    Love you, Mom xoxoxo

  • Lauren and Dave Hass May 5, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Wow! You couldn’t ask for a more fun day. It must’ve been so exciting to reunite with your old friends and it looks like it was a perfect reunion. Enjoy every minute, which it seems like you are doing. Love, mommy and daddy

  • Sophia Bruce May 5, 2017 at 2:06 am

    You’re looking exasperated.

  • Scott Ranani May 5, 2017 at 1:45 am

    It’s great that you guys got to see Gal, Zlil and Matan. From the pictures, it looks like it was an awesome reunion. Jack,
    looking forward to speaking with you tomorrow.


  • Neil Tishkoff May 5, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Hi Jamie. You asked me not to blog but I am going to anyway.

    I am glad you are having a great time. I can’t wait to here about your amazing trip when you get back.

    Love, Daddy

  • Eli Levy May 5, 2017 at 1:11 am

    I can barely recognize Gal and Zlil. Its nice to see them and Matan.

    Jacob did you participate in anything this day? I don’t see you in any of the pictures.

  • Gabe Levy May 5, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Sheeba speaks hebrew, swims and eats watermelon too.

  • Judy Kleinstein May 5, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Is that nutella on your pita? I guess it goes well on everything…
    Glad to see you with such a happy watermelon smile.


    Mom and Dad

  • Miriam Benson May 5, 2017 at 12:46 am

    great post, great photos, great watermelon, great kids, great to cavort in the great waters of Sachne, great to see old friends, great to actually meet and hang out with a class of Israeli kids at their school (who ever heard of such a thing?!?!?); great that Carolyn is feeling better, great to sit on the green green grass watered by the geniuses of Israeli irrigation systems in multiple circles schmoozing, great to stumble around a makolet playing bumper cars with your carts and actually find and buy food even if all the other regular people are staring at you in shock and wonderment, it’s all super duper great. Gesunderheit, eat it all up, savor it, drink it all in, breathe the Israeli air, what a mechaya!

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