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