Stand UP Dominican Republic: A Jewish Connection

We can’t believe we’re finishing off our first week in the Dominican Republic and heading into Shabbat.
On Wednesday, we returned to the school where we are working with the Dream Project. After a morning roll call where we split into our different “teams”, the students held a colour war-style rotation of sports/relay races and more. We then went on to have lunch at Gordito’s where we got burritos and we added a new teen!
We’re so happy Justin was able to make it in to join us and he has been a great addition to our group. He hopped right in with us for our tour of the Sosua Jewish Museum where we discovered that the Dominican Republic is one of the only countries that were willing to take in Jews during the Holocaust.
Later in the afternoon we went to Rugama and saw an organic farm. Can you believe there are over 19 species of bananas?! We got to try bananas, passionfruit, and so many wonderful fresh fruits right off the trees and then we took paddle boards down the river.
On Thursday we continued with our friends at the school. Our tour guide Adonis took us to his secret swimming spot in his home town before heading out to Cabarete beach for sun, sand, and shopping from the local jewelry vendors. Our dinner at “Mojitos” was delicious and we celebrated Jill’s birthday with brownie sundaes.
We’re having so much fun but we can’t wait to slow down into Shabbat for some much needed relaxation.   

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