Israel Journey #3: Montefiore Windmill and Hezekiah’s Tunnel

We made it to Israel! All 42 participants, 4 staff members, 1 tour guide, 1 medic and 1 bus driver. We have come from all over the world-Texas, Philly, Ohio, New York, Chicago, Florida, Geneva and everywhere in between, ending in this beautiful land.

Our first few days have been spent in Jerusalem. To start the trip we descended to an amazing lookout point near the Montefiore Windmill where we had our first view of the Old City, a magical start to our adventure. We said the Shehechyanu to celebrate these special first moments we were experiencing together.

Later, we learned about King David and how Jerusalem grew from the roots up, becoming the holiest place in the world for many faiths. Before our arrival at the Western Wall we wrote letters, thoughts, prayers and ideas down on slips of paper that we then folded up and put into the cracks of the Western Wall. Through prayer and reflection, our participants continued developing their connections.

After the wall the adventures in the old city continued. From authentic Falafel to souvenir bargaining, we experienced many of the authentic opportunities the Old City has to offer.

After lunch we waded through Hezekiah’s Tunnel which is a water tunnel that was dug underneath the City of David in Jerusalem in ancient times. The cold water on our feet felt amazing after many hours in the sun. The tunnel had no lights inside so we all had to rely on our new friends in front of us, and our smart phone flashlights. Trust was built and everyone made it out cool and refreshed.

Thursday night we heard a speaker and expect in his field lecture about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This was a relevant talk that lead to great and insightful conversations and questions.
Friday we are headed north for Shabbat and can’t wait to celebrate our first Shabbat as a group. We will be experiencing the cities of Caesarea, Haifa, Beit Sharim, and Acco where we will spend the rest of shabbat. We will keep you posted on our next adventures!
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