Days of Fun and Adventure

Thursday, July 9, 2014

Boker tov, good morning! We awaken to a concert of singing birds, a gorgeous sunrise and majestic scenery. Kibbutz Haon is on the shores of the Kinnerret, Sea of Galilee, and we will begin this beautiful day with a morning swim in the lake. The peace and quiet of this place is striking, providing ample opportunity and space to enjoy and appreciate nature’s gifts—the glistening sea, the warmth of the sun, trees in full bloom, and bugs and birds and all kinds of things that fly .  I wish so much the peace we feel here would envelope every inch of this beautiful land.

Your children adjusted amazingly well to the change of plans.  Though we are sad and disappointed that we will not be in Jerusalem, they are taking full advantage of the beauty around us, appreciating nature’s many gifts.

Yesterday we had a fun-filled morning in the mystical city of Sfat, strolling in and out of art galleries, touring ancient synagogues, and meeting locals. Jewish tradition teaches that the Sabbath bride comes from Sfat every week, bringing Shabbat peace with her. I have no doubt the Sabbath bride has a beautiful home in Sfat.

From Sfat we traveled north to Rosh Hanikra, located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, on the border of Lebanon.  We descended by cable car to sea level, having lunch in a cave-like area, then touring the grottoes. Unbelievable…

After a couple of hours of relaxation at the kibbutz, we headed into the city-center of Tiberias, where teens enjoyed shopping and hanging out with each other—exactly what teens really enjoy doing!

Today is all about water, beginning with a swim in the lake, followed by a water hike, and ending the day with an evening visit to the natural springs, which is something I am quite sure teens will really like. Don’t worry, they are well-fed throughout the day ☺, enjoying all the delicious foods that Israel is known for.

Your children are safe, well and happy, making new friends and experiencing many new things.

With love from all of us in 2014 Y2I,

Debbie Coltin


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