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17 May

Today we woke up and headed straight for the Kotel for a powerful tefillah. Three Kelman Brown kids read Torah, and Ezra led Tefillah and had aliyot. It was a beautiful start to the morning. We then met the past emissary, Nir, from two years ago! It was very exciting to see him again after such a long time. We walked to the Western Wall and put personal notes in between the old Kotel stones, which was very emotional. After that, we climbed what seems like 10,000 steps to the Jewish Quarter, where we got to shop at various Judaic shops. We walked in a tunnel that goes directly alongside the Kotel. It was very low, so Morah Amalya fit perfectly! Seeing the Kotel and feeling connected to Jews from over two thousand years ago, was inspiring. To get lunch (and buy more things), we went to Ben Yehuda Street, which is a pedestrian street. There were so many stores! Once we were done and said goodbye to Nir, we got on the bus and traveled to Kfar Nokdim for the ultimate Bedouin experience. After three hours, we finally arrived, and got to ride camels! We found a partner and hopped on a camel, and we got to ride around on them. It was so much fun! We learned about Bedouin’s customs and were happy to know that one of them is to let any stranger stay with them. We listened to stories while drinking delicious tea and very strong coffee even on a 97 degrees day. We finally settled in to the tent where we *slept together. It was a great bonding experience!

Laila Tov,

Eve, Sydney and Morah Amalya

*2 tents! One for the boys and one for the girls (Amalya)




  • Marcy Thomaswick May 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    So excited to read about all your adventures!! The time at the Kotel looks amazing! I remember how nervous I was to even get on a camel… Did you give your camels names? Take care of each other and Morah Amalya!

  • Carol and Steve May 18, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    We thought Zara and Sidney were riding the camel backwards! Wonder how you steer, or does the person in the front just pull? The desert must be beautiful at night – stars, planets. Any bugs and snakes? Much love.

  • Gail Reiner May 18, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Love all the pictures, especially the ones with Nir! The blog has really kept us all in touch with all the amazing things you are doing. It has been so fun reading and looking at the pictures each day! Enjoy your time left to the fullest. Really looking forward to your welcome home celebration at Ezra! Can’t wait to hear about the new friends you have made and all of your adventures.

  • Dena May 18, 2016 at 3:44 am

    After such a special Shabbat, I hope you guys fortified yourselves for all of these activities with some great falafel and shawarma in Jerusalem! So amazing to see you all at the Kotel!

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