Israel Journey #3: Akko, Caesarea, Tzfat, and more!

We are having an amazing time in Israel! Since we last checked in we celebrated Shabbat in the ancient coastal city of Akko. On our way there we stopped at some great sites such as the ruins in the city of Caesarea. In Akko we stayed in a hostel with several other BBYO and NFTY groups, and to bring in Shabbat we sang songs together and got to experience some of the amazing talents that members of our community have to offer. An evening of good food, fun, and games was the perfect way to start the weekend!

In the morning some of us braved the jet lag and participated in sunrise yoga with a Jewish spin followed by the opportunity to attend services at an orthodox Tunisian synagogue. Although very different from the services we go to at home, the mosaic covered walls and melodic chants provided insight to how different people around the world practice their Judaism.

Next, we studied the Torah portion of the week by putting together skits that shared the same lessons and morals. From there we continued to a fun day in Akko, walking through the shuk and ending at the beach for some much needed relaxation. If that wasn’t enough adventure, we ended the day with a rooftop havdalah with a 360 degree view of Akko followed by a meditation cruise ship dance.

Sunday, we packed up our games and headed to a co-existence work shop with the Galilee foundation. Our kids listened to a speaker talk about the conflict as it exists within Israel between Arabs and Jews within the country. After we got to speak, ask questions and bond with Arab high school students. It was amazing to bond with our new peers and realize the differences and similarities our lives hold. The kids said this was one of the best parts of the trip thus far.

It was then time to keep heading north, the greenest part of the country and the personal favorite of some of our leaders. We saw beautiful views on our hike and even saw the Lebanon border. That evening we got to our new kibbutz. The kids were excited to see lots of open land and a basketball court. We settled in and rested up for our adventures in Tzfat the next day.

Monday we headed to one of the four holy cities in Israel, Tzfat, which is also home to some of the most amazing artists and interesting cultures in Israel. We met a Jewish artist and shopped around for beautiful jewelry and trinkets. The kids loved all the culture around us!

The afternoon was more wet and wild! We hiked to see Banias, the biggest water fall in Israel and than rafted down the Jordan river! What an adventure! Pizza dinner was the perfect American touch for our 4th of July themed night. Music and sing alongs were a hit. Though we were not home for the Fourth of July with our friends and family we had our own unique expensive! Cheers until our next adventure which starts in about 12 hours!

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