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Israel Trip 2017

List of 12 news stories.

  • And One Final Note from Trip Leader Debby Arzt-Mor

    Debby Arzt-Mor, Israel Trip Leader

    I am writing this final blog from the United Airlines gate at Ben Gurion Airport! Having arrived in plenty of time for our flight, students and chaperones are busy picking up last minute gifts and snacks at the terminal shops. We are all ready to come home, but also a tiny bit sad that our Israel adventure is coming to an end.
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  • Our Travels Are Coming to an End

    Sandee Bisson, Israel Trip Chaperone

    It is hard to believe our time in Israel is nearing an end. Today we spent the morning gathering our students from their home stays. It was wonderful to see them bounce onto the bus after receiving final hugs and share stories of new friendships and new adventures. A few even requested we leave them with their hosts permanently...
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  • Fun Excursions with Eynot Yarden

    Mira Peretz, Israel Trip Chaperone

    This morning, our students gathered with their newfound friends on the lawn of Eynot Yarden, well rested and invigorated after their first evening at their hosts’ homes. As soon as everyone was gathered and we had checked in, we headed out together for a day of hiking and fun...
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  • Mifgash in the Beautiful Galilee

    Debby Arzt-Mor, Israel Trip Leader

    It is amazing how such a small country as Israel can host such a diversity of geographic terrain. In the course of our journey, we have experienced the desert, the coastal plain, the lowest spot on earth, the hills of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv’s urban sprawl, and now—one of my favorite spots anywhere—the breathtakingly beautiful Upper Galilee...
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  • Beach Day!

    Sandee Bisson, Israel Trip Chaperone

    Today we slowed the pace of our trip down a bit and joined in on the Yom HaAtzmaut holiday observances. We slept in a bit, enjoyed our breakfast, loaded our suitcases onto the bus, and walked down to the beach for a morning of sand and surf. We enjoyed the beach until after lunch and then piled back into our rolling chariot, our tour bus...
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  • From Remembrance to Celebration

    Lindsay Mackintosh, Israel Trip Chaperone

    Yom HaZikaron is a day of remembrance, a day of stories. As each person on this trip has been building and deepening their own personal narrative with a multitude of rich and meaningful experiences, we have taken in the narratives of others to help us add to our own stories as well. The holocaust still fresh in our minds, we turned to refreshing stories of the heart, of heroes, of honey, of happiness...
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  • Altneuland

    Nicholas Cole-Farrell, Israel Trip Chaperone

    Today was a day of memory, and our students looked at the past through the lens of two fundamental events of the 20th century—one which attempted to annihilate an entire people from this earth, and the other which served as a beacon of hope for the future of that very same people. Our day focused towards dichotomies: alt and neu (old and new) and devastation and hope...
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  • Shabbat of Art and Culture

    Mira Peretz, Israel Trip Chaperone

    After our morning breakfast, we embarked on a graffiti walk. On this tour we joined a street artist and saw all the hidden graffiti in Jerusalem. We ended the tour in the alleyway of Machane Yehuda Market. We learned about the three main categories of graffiti: tagging, art, and art as a political protest. We saw many examples of graffiti, especially of the artist Solomon...
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  • Tourists in Jerusalem

    Debby Arzt-Mor, Israel Trip Leader

    Today was a big day, a day of exploring our personal and collective connection to the City of Peace, Jerusalem. Having grown up in Jerusalem, I know firsthand the ways in which this connection deepens and takes on new meaning as the years go by. I hope that today’s many special moments will become part of the fabric of our 8th graders’ unfolding sense of connection to Jerusalem, to Israel, and to their personal and collective heritage...
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  • Masada and the Dead Sea

    Sandee Bisson, Israel Trip Chaperone

    As I write today's blog I am sitting on the stone steps of a bank on Ben Yehuda Street. The air is chilly, full of the wafting scents of delicious treats, and the melodic lullaby of a local busker. I've chosen this spot as it gives me the best vantage point to watch our students as they explore this vibrant part of Jerusalem and enjoy the company of their friends. I also marvel at their seemingly endless reserves of energy...
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  • Desert Adventures

    Lindsay Mackintosh, Israel Trip Chaperone

    The day was thrust into full swing upon waking up promptly at 6:25 a.m. to rouse our 43 jet lagged travelers. Suitcases were packed, bags for our overnight in the Bedouin tents were prepped, breakfast was scarfed, parents were called, the bus was loaded, and off we went into the heart of the Negev desert, where a day of adventure awaited us....
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  • Digging Up The Past

    Nicholas Cole-Farrell, Israel Trip Chaperone

    After settling in late last night at Kibbutz Shefayim following a long day of travel to Israel, we awoke this morning with the bright light of the sun in our eyes. Making our way down to the dining room by 7:30, we had a breakfast filled with Israeli specialties, fresh fruit, and regional produce. The shakshuka was a standout favorite. After packing and clearing our rooms, we were afforded a reward for our efforts: a gorgeous panoramic of the Mediterranean from our awaiting luxury coach...
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