To start off our Thursday morning, we had tefillah, which was beautifully lead by Ben, Alana, and Zach. We also had amazing Torah readers; J.Z., Jenna, Rafi, and Ben.
We then headed to Yaffo, an ancient port city that we had the opportunity to visit. We walked along the edge of the Mediterranean, saw fisherman and fishing boats and then wandered along the ancient alleys that reminded us of Jerusalem. There were many different types of artists and we stopped in one place that does millefiore style of beadwork. We saw how the artists shrink the images. It was our last chance to shop.
The next stop was Rabin Square. Yonit talked a bit about the societal impact the assassination had in Israel. Then we had an activity. In small groups we were given guiding questions and we stopped Israelis to ask: where they were when they heard Rabin had been killed; how they felt; and what needs to happen next in order to have peace. All the kids attempted to speak in Hebrew and Sophia was very proud after having an entire conversation in Hebrew. On the same theme, we then went to Independence hall and learned how the Declaration was still being written an hour before Ben Gurion announced Israel’s independence. The museum is in the first mayor of Tel Aviv’s actual house – Mayor, Meir Dizengoff. And there is a statue of him on his mare outside on the boulevard.
Finally, after constantly asking, we went to the beach in Tel Aviv. There, we swam and enjoyed the beautiful view. The amazing light blue color of the sea and the crashing waves made the water look incredible. While some of us were swimming, others enjoyed the workout playground near the Mediterranean. After we were all done at the beach, we took showers and got our brand-new Israel t-shirts. Even though there is a mistake on it they still look amazing.
Our last meal in Israel was at a nice restaurant called Maganda. We exchanged personal notes, received certificates, thanked our Israeli team, and had some tearful goodbyes. The tears and the goodbyes continued on the bus and at the airport. Some students even kissed the ground to say goodbye to Israel!
Everyone slept on the flight home. Next year in Jerusalem!
Skylar, Marcy, Amalya and 8th graders