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09 May

As soon as we got off the plane, we dove right into our trip! We met our Madrichim, Tzvi, and Channi, our tour guide, Ariel, and our bus driver, Asraf, who are all very wonderful and fun! We also met the Kellman – Brown Academy kids, who all seem nice, funny, and very enthusiastic about the trip. We are looking forward to a great time with them. To start off the day, we went to Caesarea, an old Roman city. Long ago, there was King Herod’s palace, a port for bringing in shipments, and a theatre that would hold different performances and shows. We got to see a movie about the rise and fall of Caesarea, sit in the theatre while watching some classmates perform, and see the ruins of the beautiful city. Then we got to dip our feet in the Mediterranean Sea, which cooled us off. After that, we had lunch, and bonded by playing some team building games.


Then we got back on the bus, and traveled to Moshav Nahalal (Moshe Dayan lived there), where we helped farm the land. We picked around 2,000 pounds of beets!

All the beets that we picked help families who are in need. By doing so, we fulfilled five mitzvot, including farming the land, helping those in need, and walking the land. After we got all the beet juice off our hands, we came to the Kibbutz and settled in our rooms. Then we showered and got ready for a good Israeli meal. We played games, and formed relationships with the other kids. After a long day, we were all exhausted and went to bed. What a great way to start off our trip!


Good Night from Israel,

Sydney, Zara, Eve, Amalya and the rest of the 8th graders




  • Donna, Ally and grandma May 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Looking forward to reading day 4’s blog. The rafting should be fun. All of you be safe. ♡ mommy, Ally and grandma. Xox

  • Melanie Waynik May 10, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    We miss you already. I love borsht! Bring some of those beets home!

  • Joe and Ravit May 10, 2016 at 2:27 am

    2000 pounds! No way! The small but mighty Beet-les! Hope you didn’t get too beet up with the picking. Love the pictures.

  • jay and kim May 10, 2016 at 1:06 am

    you all look like you are having a great time. take plenty of pictures and enjoy. look forward to tomorrows blog

  • Eden Stein May 9, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    That is so cool that you got to farm the land! Picking the beets looked like fun. Hope everyone gets some rest!

  • Gail Reiner May 9, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Great to see you all smiling and enjoying Israel! So looking forward to seeing the pictures and reading the blog!

  • Steven Bernstein May 9, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Looks like great fun. Enjoy everybody!

  • Dena Schulman-Green May 9, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Wow! A packed first day! It’s amazing to see these first pictures of you guys there- what a blessing!

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