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11 May

We started off the morning with an early wake up at 5:45! Though sleepy, Ari, David, and Eran led Shacharit to start off the morning. Then after breakfast, we jumped on the bus, heading to Tzfat. Ariel, our tour guide, showed us all of the bullet holes in the walls and told us about the battle over Tzfat between the Muslims and the Jews, and as we know today, the Jews won. We then walked through the streets and even stopped by an old synagogue from the 16th century! After finishing our hike through Tzfat we went to a candle workshop, which are all handmade. However, for some of us, the best part was gift shopping for Kippot, T-shirts, and more! After we finished purchasing various items, we headed to Banias, where we saw a natural waterfall. We then restored our energy with sandwiches from the kibbutz and ice cream! Then we got back on the bus to Mount Bental where Syria attempted to invade Israel in 1973. It was one of the biggest tank battles ever.


We drove back to the kibbutz to rest before heading out to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut in Tveria (Tiberius). It was amazing! Eve said that the American should learn from the Israelis how to party!


Due to a full day of activities, dancing, and other excitement we will stop writing and go to sleep. Tomorrow is water hiking AND rafting followed by a 3 hours ride to Jerusalem.

Eve and the 8th graders





  • Temma Gad May 12, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Ari Gad and friends, from your Granny in CapeTown… I am following all your exciting footsteps and wish you a Good Shabbat in Jerusalem. Looking forward to hearing/reading all the next adventures. xxxx

  • Jackie Bogdanoff May 12, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Love the photos and I am enjoying the blog so much. Great photo bomb Eran! I want to be there. Looking forward to seeing the blog tomorrow. We are having a fun Yom HaAtzmaut here, but it is not the same without you and clearly, can’t compare to your celebration. Ron, Vicky, Mrs. Bowman and Morah Rachel (Shur) hung up Israeli flags all over the school, we blasted Israeli music this morning and we are all looking forward to our falafel lunch today. Bet you are enjoying lots of amazing falafel! Enjoy Jerusalem. xo

  • Rabbi Amanda May 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Wow, it sounds like you are having a blast. You haven’t mentioned the other kids on the trip. Are you enjoying spending time with them? We had tefillah this morning with a really ruachee hallel, but we miss you on the bimah! Soon we will be having our felafel picnic, but I know I’ll miss Israeli felafel. I heard Ari had silly string. Who thought THAT was a good idea? It’s extremely quiet in my classroom right now, although the 7th graders are trying to change that!! Continue to have an amazing time-be present for every moment.

  • Ron DelMoro May 12, 2016 at 10:44 am

    It seems like everyone is having an amazing time, enjoy your day in Jerusalem! We miss you and love you!

  • Anne Schulman May 12, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I’ve been following your posts and sharing your enjoyment. You’ve already had many exciting and educational
    experiences. Still, the Main Event
    awaits you…..there’s nothing like
    Shabbat in Jerusalem!
    Can’t wait to hear about it.
    Anne Schulman (Morah Bobbi)

  • Donna, Ally and grandma May 12, 2016 at 4:06 am

    Well it’s 7 am in Israel now…all day every day I’m walking around telling Ally and grandma what time it is there and we are feeling as if we are there with you David through your blogs and pictures each day…..well I’m going to bed soon…it’s midnight here….hugs and kisses. …I love you and miss you! Xoxo ♡ mommy. 🙂

  • Martin Gad May 12, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Dear Ari and Kezra mates,
    Thanks for sharing your awesome trip with us. Looks like you are having a blast.
    Keep wearing your hats, sunscreen, deodorant , etc
    lots of love
    (Mom is sleeping)

  • Joe and Ravit May 12, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Chag Sameach!! Ve’Eizo Chagigah! Eize Kef! How Fun! So Glad that you are in Israel for Yom Ha’Atzmaut!
    (BTW Eran, WHERE’S YOUR HAT?!!) Sorry for the howler.
    Love You,
    Ima and Aba

  • Gail Reiner May 12, 2016 at 12:45 am

    What an amazing time it seems you guys are having. Reading the blog and seeing the pictures is great. Syd we were so happy to see that Ilana, Nir’s mom visited. Not sure if my post from yesterday showed up. Continue to have an awesome trip!

  • Jay & Kim May 12, 2016 at 12:16 am

    You all seem to be enjoying yourselves. Sound like your having a healthy mix of education and relaxation. Can’t wait to hear about Jerusalem tomorrow.

  • Dena Schulman-Green May 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Everyone looks fresh and happy despite your early start. From the looks of it, the party is wherever you guys are!

  • Risa Schulman Schlager May 11, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Another amazing day! Thanks for your beautiful blog entry Eve! I always thought the party was better over there in Israel, too. Looking forward to hearing about your first day and glimpse of Jerusalem tomorrow. xoxo

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