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05 May



Today we had a very relaxed, yet exciting day.  We started off with an early teffilah where Ethan and Eviatar read Torah.  Afterwards, we drove to Tel Aviv where we started off with a visit where it all began, the Independence Hall, where David Ben Gurion declared Israel to be a Jewish state. We then went to Rabin Square, the very place where Yitzchak Rabin gave his last speech before being assassinated.  We split off into groups of six and confronted Israelis over the age of 30 about Yitzchak Rabin and peace. There were very interesting answers for each question. When we asked where people were the day of the assassination, some said that they were there, in the square, at the ceremony. When we asked how they felt peace could be achieved, there were a wide variety of answers. While some people proposed interesting solutions, others blatantly stated that there was no hope. Following the activity, we all had an early lunch. After some falafel, shawarma, and for some of us, just bags of bamba, we boarded the bus again and headed to the Palmach Museum. The museum covers the Palmach legacy in interactive way. We learned about the stories of individuals and groups who joined the Palmach. We drove back to the hotel where we hang out, swam, played games, and talked. It was a lot of fun! Then we went to dinner, and afterwards had visitation time and some of us greeted our Israeli relatives. Those who didn’t have visitors participated in a riveting game of an Israeli game “Haruach Noshevet” with Sarah our madricha.

Love from Israel,

Caleb, Sam, Morah Amalya and the rest of the 8th Graders


  • Steven and Elizabeth Rosenberg May 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Amalya and Carolynn, we can’t not thank you enough for taking such great care of our children and providing them with love and guidance throughout these past two weeks. I know they will be changed forever and this experience will guide them in the future and never leave them. We are truly thankful to you both. Alexa, we are now counting down the hours, no longer in days. Safe travels to you all and we will be at Ezra anxiously awaiting your return to home. Love mom & dad. To the moon and back – always. One last thing Alexa – next weekend we will return to Cooperstown Hall of Fame to replace your lost water bottle.

  • Randy Pond May 6, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Alexa Rosenberg! Me (your brother), Deena, Kallie, and Camden say hi and we are so thrilled you are experiencing this trip! We are so proud of you and we hope you are having the best time possible. Get home safely and we love You!

    The Ponds

    p.s. can you do us a HUGE favor and pick up a mezuzah for us? You can pick out any kind you can find but we would love one from there. Love you and thank you!

  • Steven and Judy Kleinstein May 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    What an interesting day. Were most people willing to answer your questions?

    Ali, we miss you, and are looking forward to seeing you soon! Sorry I missed your call. I am still in Denver, and on my way to Seattle tomorrow. I visited with Aunt Karin, she says “Hi”.

    Love, Dad.

  • Ashkenazi May 6, 2017 at 1:08 am

    So, you started your Israel trip as American tourists, running all over the place, trying to see it all.
    The past couple of days, it seems, are bringing you closer to feeling like real Israelis. You are enjoying Israeli food (and drink: Shoko, very authentic. By the way, tell Amalya that you want to try Burekas too!), uniting with Israeli friends, interacting with Israeli people in the street, and shopping in Hebrew in a supermarket. Who can ask for more?
    Eviatar, I dont get it, I finally see you in the pictures, and you do look great, but what? no sun-shine? no natural vitamin D? how come you are still so white in Israel? Israeli people dont look that pale!
    So, please, work on your tan (for crying out loud, you are Israeli !), and enjoy your last couple of days in Israel.
    We miss you in here and all are waiting impatiently (like true Israelis) to hear your stories.
    Regards to Tel-Aviv and to the beach. Savor Shabbat in Israel.
    Hugs from far away, love you, mom

  • Laurayne Ratner May 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Wow what a fantastic event field trip you were also lucky to have this intense amazing experience that will be part of your lives forever our family owes a debt of gratitude to Ezra Academy for providing this amazing culminating experience for the eighth graders
    It will take you all a long time to actualize where you have been and what you have done but I know your hearts and souls will be full from having this time in Israel together
    Travel safely
    Can hardly wait to hear all of your exciting stories love softa

  • Joshua Ratner May 5, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Sounds like another fantastic day! I hope you and your friends enjoy the sights and sounds of Tel Aviv this Shabbat. Please encourage Amalya to take you all tonight to the Tel Aviv Port for Beit Tefillah’s open air Kabbalat Shabbat service–it is a fun service I think you all will enjoy.

    Have a great last couple days there. Soak up everything you can (so no reading!!); Mom and I look forward to a thorough report when you get back.

    Shabbat shalom!

  • Dana Ranani May 5, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I can’t wait to hear all the details of the trip , yes Jack, ALL of them. Enjoy your last Shabbat. Take pictures.
    I love you.

  • Monica May 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Enjoy the rest of your stay! Looking forward to see you all. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CALEB!!!!!

  • Stephen Dawes May 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    I love the picture of the random shoe? Is there a religious significance to that shoe? Looks like fun! Please take lots of pictures Jacob as you will be able to remember this trip without them. See you soon.

  • Elizabeth Rosenberg May 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Alexa – please make the most of your last few days in Israel. You look amazing and I’m so glad you are having fun! Are you surprised that Sean actually came through on a commitment to find you in Israel? What a great picture I have of the three of you! We can’t wait to see you and are counting down the days…..continue to enjoy and I hope we can go to Israel together in the future. Love you and can’t wait to talk to you. Mom & Dad and the crew are missing you! ps…Chase keeps asking for you.

  • Gilda & Johny Vaserstein May 5, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Enjoy & cherish every day. This is something you will remember the rest of your life just as
    your Mom, Tia & Tio do after so many years.
    All our love,
    Baba & Babo

  • Harriet R Friedman May 5, 2017 at 2:56 am

    No joking around, twasn’t me Dear Aaron and Ben. I am interested in the comments you elicited from strangers about the future of peace. Remember them for us back here. Have a wonderful next few days, a peaceful and beautiful Shabbat. And bring Matan and Tzlil and Gal back with you. Love you.

  • Sara Labowe May 5, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Hi Jaden,
    What a bittersweet experience it must have been to visit in the same day where Rabin spoke for the last time and where Ben Gurin proclaimed Israel a state.
    Tell me, did you choose falafel, shawarma or bamba for lunch? Let me guess: shawarma!
    I look forward to hearing how to play ” Haruach noshevet.” Does it have anything to do with a “finjohn?” LOL!

    Wishing you a peaceful and fun Shabbat! Enjoy your last weekend in Israel on what has been an amazing and very memorable trip.
    I love you and miss you and I look forward to seeing you soon,
    Mom xoxoxo

  • Lauren and Dave Hass May 5, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Wow Sam, you were actually instructed to walk up to strangers and ask them questions? Right up your alley! Sounds like another meaningful and fun day! Amalya and Carolyn, thanks for being so amazing!

  • Mary Berry & Paul Hollywood (and Mel and Sue) May 5, 2017 at 1:59 am

    To Aaron:
    I’m indifferent to the fact that you appear to be having a moderate amount of fun. But we all know why you agreed to this trip– for the limelight. While dozens of parents impatiently scroll through pictures in an attempt to see their child halfheartedly riding a camel or struggling to climb a wall, they are forced to look into your smirking, puberty-stricken, sunscreen-smeared face. You’ve got to make it interesting for them, Aaron. This isn’t fun for them. They just want one picture of their kid where he/she isn’t hiding behind your towering, lanky frame. And your posture has evolved like spoiled Stop & Shop cheese. Honey, you’ve gotta work with what God gave you! Strike a pose! Give us a smile that doesn’t involve shrinking your chin into your neck like a scared turtle. You aren’t scared are you? Good! Now remind all these bored parents why you deserve to hog the camera. Remind them why you really shine– you use L’oreal. Because you’re worth it.
    I’m kidding, you look wonderful. Lots of love! Say hi to Yonit!

  • Sara Sapire May 5, 2017 at 1:48 am

    What an interesting day!
    Noah, we are missing you and can’t wait to hear from you! Enjoy your last few days.
    Mom & Dad

  • Gabe Levy May 5, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Sheeba is a fluffy shawarma and she likes to relax a lot. Sometimes she can turn into a giant bamba baby.

  • Rebecca Tishkoff May 5, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Every day looks as if it is overflowing with experiences of all sorts. You all look great! Take in every bit of your last couple of days.
    Jamie, I look forward to the phone call tomorrow (Friday). Xoxo Mom

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