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25 Apr

Our class celebrated Shabbat in Israel; more specifically Yerushalayim! We all walked to a cool place at the Western Wall, where we had Kabbalat Shabbat. We were on a rooftop and the view was spectacular! We could see the sun setting over the dome and the Kotel. It was amazing celebrating our first Shabbat in the Old City of Jerusalem. After that, we went to the main section of the wall. That’s where the girls and the boys split up. The men and women’s sections were so packed, because everyone was going there to pray! It was so amazing to see so many people who believe the same thing, in the same place at one time. After that, we all walked back to the hotel, where the Shabbat Committee had a nice Oneg and fun games to play with us! We played Name That Tune and Coke and Pepsi (renamed Yerushalayim and Tel Aviv). We were all so tired that it was time to go to bed! Everyone was really happy though, because we were able to sleep until the reasonable hour of 8am.

The next morning, we were given choices of which synagogue we wanted to attend. Everyone ended up choosing the Orthodox service at the Great Synagogue, because we all wanted to experience something new and different. After that, we came back to the hotel for a few hours of resting and lunch. Then, we got our stuff together and took a nice Shabbat stroll to the pool. The walk was about 2 miles and 40 minutes. Once we got to the pool, we all jumped in and had a blast! After that, we came back to the hotel and had a little bit more resting time.

After the sunset, we began havdalah in our hotel. We all put our arms around one another, and sang the different blessings. When it was over, we were all very happy because we could watch TV again! We had a bit of free time and packing time, and then headed to a light show. The Night Spectacular: Sound and Light at the Citadel was held at Migdal David, David’s Tower. The history of Jerusalem was displayed in a dramatic way on the walls of the tower. As we were exiting, one of us commented, “Huh, that was just like having a history lesson.”

We are off to bed because we have an unreasonable wake-up time of 5:45. It’s okay because we are all so excited for Masada and the Dead Sea! There will be many more pictures in the coming blogs!

Laila tov,

Sophia, Skylar, Marcy, Amalya and the 8th graders


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  • eileen Glickmaneileen glickman April 28, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Dear Ben,
    What a Beautiful Shabbat you all had! It must have been so special to be in this wonderful city on Shabbat! It is so great to be able to read all of these descriptions and to see all of these pictures . Please continue to Enjoy and to be Safe All of our Love,
    Nanny and Poppy

  • eileen Glickmaneileen glickman April 28, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Dear Ben,
    What a Beautiful Shabbat you all had! It must have been so special to be in this wonderful city on Shabbat! It is so great to be able to read all of these descriptions and to see all of these pictures . Please continue to Enjoy and to safe All of our Love,
    Nanny and Poppy

  • Ben's Mom and Dad April 26, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    What a great shabbat to end a great week! I’m glad everyone had a chance to rest up a bit…especially before the Masada hike! Make sure that you have plenty of water to stay well hydrated. Otherwise you might have to follow the advice of Bear Grylls (Ben will explain the reference if needed!)

    Ben, in case you’re suffering from “Score app withdrawal,” the Mets have the best record in MLB at 14-4, and the Yankees are a half game back in the AL East at 10-8. Barbara and Pops send their love…they tried to send a comment on the blog but somehow failed!

    I can’t believe that it’s been a week already. Everyone misses you and sends their love.
    Be well, be happy, travel safely, and we will see you very soon.

    Love Mom and Dad


  • Jonathan April 26, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Shabbat in Yerushalayim sounds terrific. I’m disappointed that you went in the pool on Shabbat, though; clearly your halakhic standards are slipping in the City of Peace. On the other hand, you went to the Great Synagogue, and had a mechitzah for Maariv, so I guess there’s still hope.
    And then back to the desert today, to the fortress of solitude. The fortress of suicide. Did you beat the sun to the top? Could you feel yourself slipping back in history?
    Lots of love,

  • Sara April 26, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Dear Elijah,
    I loved reading about your Erev Shabbat in Yerushalayim. Can’t wait to hear about what it was like to daven in the old shul and spend Shabbat day there. Have fun in Masada!! I love you and miss you very much. xoxoxo Mom

  • Mimi April 26, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Skylar, I can’t believe the way the pictures appeared on the walls of the tower. What a history lesson and who wouldn’t enjoy those kinds of lessons. How was the hike to swimming? I bet the water felt very refreshing after such a walk.. Get lots of rest because you need to take many pictures of the “Dead Sea’. I look forward to your responses of the sight of the sea.

    Skylar continue your journey with my love!
    Love you with all my heart.
    P.S. It’s very cold in Vermont and we have even received snow—bring the warm weather home with you!
    Goooood Nightttt!!!!!!!

  • The Safians April 26, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    We can’t wait to hear all about Masada and the Dead Sea! I want see a picture if you all covered in mud! Have fun. Love you-mom&dad

    Ps-hope you are feeling better!

  • Stacey April 26, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Ari,
    It sounds like a special Shabbat so glad you get to experience it with your friends! Today is Alex’s 16th bday and I promise to save you a piece of his yodel cake! I bet the early wake up is worth the view and experience of Masada!
    Love you lots!
    Mommy and daddy

  • Carmi Kostolitz April 26, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Shavua Tov!!!
    Hope everyone has an easy climb up & down from Masada. It’s going to be an unforgettable experience!!
    Maya- I hope you’re feeling much much better and got some rest on Shabbat. We miss you so much and am thinking of you having an awesome time in Israel. Say hi to Morah Amalya & Marcy. They’re the best!!
    Love you!
    xox Mom

  • Mom April 26, 2015 at 3:23 am

    It all sounds great. Hope you are having a great time. Sheva keeps trying to kiss your pet fish. Dad is really worried. I know you were really looking forward to the Dead Sea. Have a fabulous day!!
    Mom and Dad

  • Maya's dad April 26, 2015 at 3:19 am

    All is good here, only you are missing… Hope you had a wonderful Shabbat in Jerusalem.
    See you in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

  • Jenna's ima April 26, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Oh! JENNA!! The cat box! Poor Moo. Guess maybe she will learn to use the toilet. I just hope she drinks from it before she uses it!!!

    Safe climbing. Wear your boots not your sneakers!! Love you

  • David & Heather Korman April 26, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Enjoy your climb tomorrow. Make sure that everyone drinks plenty of water and works as a team. We can’t wait to see pics.

    Sky. I cleaned the pigs cage. They are happy and no longer smelly.

    Mom & Dad
    David & Heather

  • The safians April 25, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    5:45, ouch. but it’s worth it for Masada and the Dead Sea.

    Sounds like a fun shabbat with some needed downtime.

    Have a great time tomorrow. Hope our girl is feeling better. If it helps, Rangers won the series and wait for the second round.

  • Jenna's ima April 25, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Shavuah tov!!! I’m glad you all got to rest and rejuvenate today. The sun finally came out in New Haven and warmed us, but our hearts were all waiting to be warmed by your words again!!

    JENNA, I hope you enjoyed your nee Shabbat experience. I can’t wait to hear about it. It sounds like today was a good day for your sun hat too. Gina, Nettie and Christina loved the pictures – and how great your hair looks.

    You’re going to my favorite part of the trip tomorrow – Masada. It’s a long climb with a great reward at the end. And someone please take a pic of Jenna in the Dead Sea?!?! I didn’t go in and I want to see she did it.

    Grammie and HowHow keep asking for the next blog. I’ll give it to them in a bit. I wanted (all of) you to myself for a minute.

    Wish us luck. Your last fundraiser GOLDA’S BALCONY is tomorrow. Break a leg Sandy (Golda)! Then I am headed to NC to see Pene. I love you all. Waiting for a bittersweet meeting on Friday morning


  • Staci ( JZ'S Mom) A.K.A COACH April 25, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    That sounds like yet another amazing experience!!!
    Havdallah sounds exceptionally memorable ( after all, it is my favorite )!!!
    I can’t wait to see more pictures of your smiling faces. Maya- I hope you’re feeling better, my love!!!
    I miss and love you all!!!
    Shavua Tov!!!
    Btw- I am so jealous 😉

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