Israel Journey #5B – Shabbat in the Homeland

Israel Journey #5B has been up to a lot within the last couple of days!

On day 13, we spent a beautiful Shabbat in Shfayim near Tel Aviv where we relaxed from a fun and exciting week. To end the celebration, we joined together for a beautiful Havdalah ceremony in order to welcome in the new week. After shabbat we ventured to the local Azrieli mall to shop around. It is truly a great experience being able to celebrate Shabbat in the homeland.

On Sunday, we began our trek south towards the Negev. On our way we went to Netiv Haasara at the Gaza security wall. Here we learned about the communities’ unique situation and how they live with a hopeful outlook on life. It was a very inspirational and eye-opening discussion.

Next we went to Sde Boker, where David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel is buried. Learning about his life and legacy was definitely a highlight of the day!

We then arrived in Kibbutz Lotan where we stayed the night. In the morning, we woke up bright and early to climb the Kassui sand dunes and see the stunning sunrise. We spent the rest of the day in Eilat, the southernmost city in Israel. Here went snorkeling, went on banana boats, and finished the night off with a fun boat party.

It has been such an incredible week of learning and bonding and we can’t wait to see what is in store for the remainder of our time here in Israel.

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