Friday morning, we started the day at Beith HaTfoutzot which was supposed to show different Jewish humour around the world. It was a very interactive indoor tour where we got to watch Seinfeld, videos and Hebrew Saturday night live with Jewish jokes. We also learned about the history of Jewish stories and synagogue architecture. Afterwards, we drove to Rabin Square and we stood on the very spot Itzchak Rabin was assassinated. It was emotional and overwhelming to be experiencing such a thing. After that we went to Carmel market to have food and shop. It was crowded and hard to get through but it was still very fun and everyone ended up buying many nice things.
Then we went to Jerusalem beach where Lia hit her head on a sign while walking. At the beach the majority of the class ended up playing beach volleyball while Eli, Bram and Lia went to get ice cream. Most of the class also went into the water despite the fact that we were not able to go in past knee height. We had a very short but sweet Kabalat Shabbat Service where Mr. Oren accidently dropped the Challah in the sand, it was still delicious though. Then we headed back to the hotel where we lit the Shabbat candles and had a very nice hotel Shabbat dinner. The rest of the night we just chilled and prepared ourselves for our final day in Israel.
Makayla and Lia
On Saturday morning some people had family/friends visit them and the other people could walk around or hang out. Eli, Zen, Bram and I had family come. The Lahav family visited Bram and I. They lived in Calgary for many years and then moved back home to Israel. We went to Sharona market with them and ate brunch at a restaurant called “Benedict”. It was so delicious! We walked around a little bit and then we rented a scooter and rode around on them for a bit. Then we went to a small store near our hotel before getting dropped off and got a lot of chocolate. We went back to our hotel and quickly left to the beach.
We were there for a few hours but it was windy and a little cloudy. After the beach we had a very short walk back to our hotel and from there we had a trip summary. We talked about how we felt about the trip and our most memorable moment and more meaningful things. After that we had a very tasty dinner and then went up to the roof top patio and did Havdalah. Then we walked to Jaffa to have ice cream and walk around a little bit. It was a very fun and relaxed day. Now we are all packing and getting ready for bed.
On behalf of all the kids I would like to thank Mr. Oren and Mrs. Morgan so much for giving us such a fun time and planning such fun things for us to do. We are so glad that you both came with us on this extraordinary journey. I also want to thank Mrs. Gersten and Mrs. English for following the blog. I really want to thank our amazing tour guide Or for taking us to such cool and fun places and being so nice and welcoming. Of course, I also want to thank our very funny security guard Shai for being a security guard. Last, but definitely not least, I want to thank the parents for helping with the whole trip and the pen pals and planning so much. This concludes our breathtaking, cathartic journey to the homeland of our people. This trip has been better than I could’ve imagined and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to go on it. Thank you to everyone who helped out. For the last time, signing off.