Shabbat in Israel Part 1

We had another great day in Israel, beginning with a visit to the old city of Safed, a river raft ride down the Jordan River and a meeting with one of the pioneers of Kibbutz Misgav Am.

Since the 16th century, Safed has been considered one of Israel’s four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias; and is also the center for Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah.Located at an elevation of 2,953 feet, Safed is the highest city in the Galilee and in Israel. The city has always revolved around its numerous synagogues, both ancient and modern. Safed also boasts a vibrant history of art and music and as we walked through the cobblestone alleyways, much of the art was on display. The teens had their first shopping experience and really enjoyed their time there.

Located on a peak overlooking the Upper Galilee and well beyond, Kibbutz Misgav-Am and its renowned Lookout Point offer jaw-dropping vistas. It is the northernmost kibbutz in Israel, surrounded on three sides by Israel’s border with Lebanon. Whether standing or seated on the graduated stone steps at the Lookout Point, we were taken in by the sheer beauty of the panoramic view. The Hula Valley, the Golan Heights and Mt. Hermon are all visible from the vantage point, high in the Galilee Mountains. Looking towards the west, it is also possible to see straight into Southern Lebanon, and just beyond, you can also catch a glimpse of the Mediterranean Sea.

What the teens are saying:

“This is my third time in Israel and I can honestly say that I have never felt the way I do now, surrounded by some of my closest friends. After coming from Poland and arriving at the beaches of Caesarea, I immediately realized that this experience is one that is once in a lifetime.” – Sophie Dornfeld (Northern Region East: NoVA Council)

“I think Israel is beautiful it makes me speechless with its beauty.” – Jazmyn Pardo (Gold Coast Region)

“I never understood why people write poems about the land until I saw the Sea of Galilee.“ – Daniel Weiss (North Texas – Oklahoma Region)

“When I came to Israel I instantly felt happy and at home.” – Brynn Soler (South Jersey Region)

“My first day in Israel was an amazing one. The weather, views, and experiences today have been incredible, and I will remember this day for a long time.” – Josh Romer (North Texas – Oklahoma Region)

Tonight, we celebrate our second Shabbat together in blessings, prayer and song. Tomorrow, we will have a relaxing Shabbat experience, with services and programs, free time in the afternoon, and conclude with a Havdallah service. The evening will conclude in a joyous atmosphere as we sail the Tiberias waters on a disco boat cruise. I look forward to sharing more with you tonight.

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