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18 May

The first thing we did was go to tfilla in the desert. Instead of a traditional Amidah, we each found a place to sit and listened to the various sounds of nature, it was very peaceful. We then went to the grave of David Ben Gurion and his wife Paula. We talked about what a fascinating man he was, and about his vision of terraforming and populating the Negev. Next was a hike in Ein Ovdat. There were many uphill steps but it was a fun challenge. Making it to the top was quite an accomplishment.   A prepared lunch was enjoyed by all of us at a nice park.   We then went to Shvil Hasalat, an educational program that teaches about farming and agricultural system in Israel. The method for growing strawberries was surprisingly sophisticated, and the carrots were quite colorful.   After that, we met a blacksmith who uses missiles from Gaza to make art, specifically roses.   Later at the kibbutz, everyone hung out for some time.   Some people hung out with non-humans (cats) such as Tabitha, Louise, Josephina, and Timmy. We started talking about our class’s departure. It got very emotional. As I am writing people are partying and I am joining them in 3, 2, 1,



  • Rabbi Amanda May 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Wow, I have never been to that agricultural center; I can’t wait to hear all about it. School has been quiet without you, so I hope you are coming back ready to make some noise!
    Ad machar,
    Rabbi Amanda

  • Martin Gad May 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Amalya and Ari,

    we have a cousin who is in charge of telecommunications at the airport who would like to meet Ari.and your class tonight at the airport.
    Our late grandmothers grew up in Lithuania together
    Her name is Mina Eini, please call her on her cell 050-9750438



  • Gail Reiner May 19, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Wow, sounds like you had a great last day of the trip. You are all so lucky to have been together to share such amazing experiences. I’m sure it will be hard to say goodbye for now to Israel. We are all looking forward to seeing the bus pull up in front of Ezra tomorrow and to celebrate your coming home!!

  • Melanie Waynik May 19, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Can’t wait to see all of you tomorrow and have the chance toshare all your stories in person!!! Travel safely and enjoy the beach!

  • Donna, Ally and grandma May 19, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Wow! That sounds like a nice day….we miss you and love you very much David. …..xox….BTW it’s 2am here and I’m exhausted but I just wanted to say that I love you….sweet dreams. ….see you in tomorrow since it is Thursday morning here. 🙂

  • Risa Schulman Schlager May 19, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Eve, I loved the picture of you having your quiet moments in the desert. And those strawberries look scrumptious! Missing you a lot and can’t wait to hear your voice and thoughts, though I know how hard it will be to leave… Loving you bunches!

  • Jay & Kim May 19, 2016 at 12:19 am

    It sounds like all of you have had life changing experiences and made new friends. We have looked forward to reading about your day and seeing all the pictures you have posted. It is nice to see you have bonded with your news friends so that you had other to lean on and celebrate with. Can’t wait for you to come home and hear everything you have to tell.

  • Lana May 18, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Just an amazing experience for all of you!!!
    Amalya, before you leave Israel, don’t forget to get a pic of Ari and Jerome wearing scout kippah ( or Evan W will not be happy 🙂
    You must all be feeling sad to say L’hitraot to Israel for now, but we are so looking forward to welcoming you back!
    XXX Lana

  • Ravit Avni-Singer May 18, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Love it Eran!
    so nice to read your description, I hear your voice! Nice day with many interests up your ally to report on.
    and I love the photos of the dessert.
    and you and strawberry and you and Amalya and the sun flower.
    So glad you are all having a wonderful time.
    Love to all.

  • Martin Gad May 18, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Excellent report Eran,
    You have made your parents exceptionally proud of you.
    Have fun. What a fantastic trip you guys have enjoyed
    love to all
    (Ari’s Dad)

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