Int’l Leadership Seminar in Israel: Kinneret Cemetery, Tel Aviv, and the Mediterranean Sea

Shabbat shalom from Israel once again. As our second full week of ILSI is coming to an end, we just wanted to send an update about what your teens have been up to these past few days!

Wednesday morning started off with a tour of the Kinneret Cemetery and Courtyard. The cemetery is located at the foot of the Sea of Galilee. Many of the graves were of the first Jewish settlers on the Kinneret including members of farm, the moshava and the Kvutsa. The very famous Israeli poetess, Rachel, is also buried there.

We then traveled to the beaches of the Kinneret for the teens to enjoy some time in the water to swim and cool off. After, they all participated in an Outdoor Training experience on the beach of the Kinneret. They did various team-building exercises and activities, with the final event being a Top Chef style cook-off. The teens cooked up creative dinner dishes for themselves and enjoyed the beautiful sunset over the lake Kinneret while cooking and eating! That night, we set up camp on the beach overlooking the water. A bonfire was a must, and the teens were are able to enjoy some s’mores and tea while hanging out all together singing songs around the campfire.

The next morning, we had breakfast on the beach then boarded the busses for our Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) project. At the JDC, the teens were able to participate in activities and volunteer with one of BBYO’s partners, showing them what services are being provided to the community of people in Israel with disabilities. Learning and experiencing wheelchair basketball, Israeli dancing, a blind obstacle course, and Torah studies, we were really able to see it all! They all had an amazing time and left with a greater appreciation for people with disabilities.

Thursday night was the mega event for all of the BBYO summer programs in Israel right now. The event was called B’Yachad, and if you saw any of the live video streaming onto BBYO’s Passport facebook page, you already know they had an absolutely incredible time! If you weren’t able to catch it, don’t worry because the video has been posted here and you can go and see the fun for yourselves! At B’Yachad, there was Israeli food (falafel, shawarma, hummus and pita, Israeli salad and much more), and tons of carnival rides and games for the teens to enjoy; there was even a rollercoaster! We also had an amazing DJ playing music the entire time and really turned the place into one big dance party with over 400 teens.

Today, we went to Tel Aviv and explored the city and all of its beauty! Going through the Latrun Tank Museum, Carmel Market and then swimming in the Mediterranean Sea made it a very relaxing day before Shabbat tonight! We are now back for Shabbat and the weekend at our hotel in Neve Ilan, where we stayed the first few days of our trip.

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