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10 May

After a rough start to our trip (no sleep), we quickly got into the “Groove of Israel”. Today Kezra (Kellman-Brown & Ezra) embarked on a beautiful hike in the North of Israel. Getting off the bus we were greeted by a large group of Israeli soldiers, on the brink of completing basic training. Despite feeling sympathetic for the amount of exercise the soldiers were doing, seeing the smile on their faces when they saw the table full of food made it seem like they were just fine. Leaving the tempting food behind, we began the surprisingly short journey to the top. Next to a little tree sitting on the edge of the huge Arbel cliff (Oh ya, I forgot to mention that), we had a moderate teffilah with an outstanding view. After teffilah we followed our tour guide down the steep Cliffside. As we winded our way down the large pebble, we had the chance to admire some modern architecture (Caves for people to hide in). At the end of the trail, we used our plethora of Hebrew vocabulary (Earning Brown-y points) for the first time this trip. We gave directions to two men, who were hiking across Israel.

The second time we used our Hebrew Skills was right after hiking, when we went to the supermarket. The kids were split up into 4 groups and raced to find all the items on their shopping lists. Group #2 took home gold with their star players Sydney and Eran. We had to translate all of the isle signs as well as ask other people where the items were located. Either way we got to have a very nice picnic lunch.

Eating in the middle of a parking lot in Bet She ‘an did not sound like the best of ideas, so we took our talents elsewhere. we went to the Sachne, where all the students had fun swimming with the fish, and playing under the waterfall. Morah Amalya could not go swimming because Nir Lustig’s mom came to visit as well as next year’s emissaries. (For more on Nir Lustig please revert to the 2013 Ezra Israel Trip Blog). With a big lunch in us, we went to the next stop of our day, the Emunah Center.

Arriving at the Emuna Center, we resented eating so much due to the second large snack table of the day (This time for us). We met an Ezra Parent, who told us more about the program (for more information  http://www.emunahafula.org/showitem.asp?itemid=about).

Instead of meeting some kids our age, we attended a Yom Hazikaron ceremony. When the ceremony ended we were herded into another room, where a volunteer from the National Service Program explained how she teaches children about the holocaust and Israel independence.
When we came back to our kibbutz, we realized that the previous Yom Hazikaron ceremony was more of a warm up. We went to the kibbutz’s ceremony, where we sat quietly as people spoke of their late loved ones. This was the last very Hebrew experience of the day. As you may be able to tell I am getting tired (and wake-up is at 5:45AM tomorrow), so I think it is time to end this. Stay tuned tomorrow for the next episode.




  • Rabbi Komisar (your old homeroom teacher... you didn't forget, did you?) May 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Sounds like an amazing day and a powerful way to experience Yom HaZikaron. Have a great Yom HaAtzmaut tomorrow!

  • Jackie Bogdanoff May 11, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Ah, I love the photo on the top of Har Arbel and I loved that spot! It makes me feel the warmth and wonder of Israel again. I am so happy you are all getting to experience all these things and more. I can’t imagine what it is like to be in Israel for Yom Hazikaron and then Yom HaAtzmaut. Cherish every moment. Love the blog. Miss you all.
    Love, Jackie

  • Lana May 11, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I was reading the blog, smiling to myself, and then I got to the end and saw the author! That’s my boy!! Keep your eye on the food – we want good falafel when you get home 🙂

  • Donna, Ally and grandma May 11, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Well grandma, Ally and I have enjoyed looking at all of your pictures from the first two days in Israel. Everyone looks so happy and it’s nice to see that you are doing so many interesting things over there. I have sent your pictures to everyone and they can’t wait to hear all of your stories from Israel and about your new friends from New Jersey. Thank you for the blog. Love to all of you over there, be safe and enjoy your trip, love mommy

  • Amalya Brownstein May 11, 2016 at 3:13 am

    If I remember correctly, it was Eran

  • Carol and Steve May 11, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Thank you for sharing these experiences with us. Sounds like they already run the gamut of the “full catastrophe” of Jewish life; fun, remembrance, humor, learning, prayer and food shopping. Can’t wait to hear more

  • Risa Schulman Schlager May 11, 2016 at 2:08 am

    How much fun was it to shop in an Israeli supermarket!?! Did you all figure out how much a kilo is? On the other side, I am sure that the Yom HaZikaron speeches made a deep and meaningful impression. This, too, is part of Israel and all of us. Tomorrow looks like another wonderfully packed and amazing day. I am most excited about your getting to see the beautiful and holy city of Tsfat. No, the Banias is most excellent. No, Tveria is AMAZING… Ahhh! Have a great day!! 🙂

  • Jay & Kim May 10, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Sounds like an emotional day. I can imagine it being hard to balance the excitement you felt hiking and shopping with with the sorrow you might of felt listening to all the stories of loss. We hope you are soaking everything in. looking forward to tomorrows blog. Kezra is a cute name who came up with it

  • Joe and Ravit May 10, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    A busy dad, indeed! Great view on the cliff. I imagine it is a heavy thing to hear families talking about their lost loved-ones, even if it is in Hebrew and you can’t follow it all. Thanks for the report, Ari.

  • Melanie Waynik May 10, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Phew! Just reading about your day was exhausting. Ari, I could tell you had written the blog before I came to the end! It was definitely in your “voice”! Tomorrow we will have our Yom Ha Zikaron tekes with the emmissaries. We will be thinking of you in Israel.

  • Eden Stein May 10, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Great to see you praying, shopping, and playing in Israel! Hope you get more sleep soon.

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