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.