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!
Eve, Sydney and Morah Amalya
*2 tents! One for the boys and one for the girls (Amalya)