International Leadership Seminar in Israel: Update #3

ILSI 2017
Update #3

Dear Friends and Families!

Our last few days have been a blast! We’re excited to share a bit about what we’ve been up to.

On Monday we drove to Mt. Ben Tal to view the border between Israel and Syria where we learned about the complicated political situation in Syria and the amazing stand of the 77th Armored Battalion against the Syrian army during the Yom Kippur War. After 50 hours of fighting, the few tanks of the Armored Battalion held the line against 500 Syrian tanks and armored vehicles.

Next we traveled to the border with Lebanon to meet the men and women who live at Kibbutz Misgav Am. Our provocative speaker gave us a lot to think about, which we processed in our kitot (classes) and later in our mishpachot (families) reflection groups. We discussed the importance of learning all perspectives and seeking out perspectives that our different from our own in order to grow as leaders. From Misgav Am we traveled to the banks of the Jordan River for a pizza lunch and a fun rafting experience!

Today, we went Beit She’arim, a site that was destroyed by the Romans during the suppression of the Jewish revolt in 352 C.E. and is now home to the catacombs of many Talmudic rabbis. From there we went to a Druze village in Ussafyia where we were welcomed with extreme hospitality and delicious foods!

After lunch, we traveled to Haifa to see the Baha’i Gardens, followed by a trip to the Maccabiah 2017 Hub. There, we got a chance to relax and explore the amenities the athletes who are participating in the games will enjoy. We had fun playing virtual reality games, singing karaoke, playing lawn games, finding our way out of an escape room and hanging out in the pool. After cooling down with popsicles, we headed for Haifa’s beach for a quick and refreshing splash in the Mediterranean.

We look forward to sharing more updates with you in the coming days! Wednesday we will tour the Kinneret Cemetery and Courtyard before traveling for an overnight stay at Course Madrichim to meet teens from Maccabi Tzair.

For more on what our teens are saying and doing, check out the quotes below…

B’Ahavah (With Love),
Your ILSI Staff

“Over the past two days I have had the opportunity to become friends with incredible teens and leaders from across the world. I’ve traveled across our Holy Land with these friends and made memories that will last long past my graduation.”
Joe Porter, Kansas

“My experience thus far in Israel leaves me at a loss of words.  The everlasting memories I am making daily will forever have a special place in my heart and I am excited to continue my journey as a Jewish leader in my homeland.”
Ethan Fleischer, Indiana

“ILSI has pushed me far out of my comfort zone, but in the best way possible.  Everyday has given me new opportunities to meet people from across the globe and see sights I’ve never imagined.  This trip is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to not only grow into a Jewish leader but establish my identity as such.”
Samantha Zuckerberg, New Jersey

“Experiencing Israel from a BBYO perspective has allowed me to forge such a strong connection with my spirituality that I did not think was possible. The past few days have exposed me to a plethora of new ideas and perspectives that challenged my ideals and hence strengthened me as a person.”
Zack Cohen, Georgia

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