Mountain-high Fun!

July 8, 2014

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days, and we’re having lots of fun. Teens arrived in Israel happy and ready to go. Please forgive the brevity of this entry. Internet access is not good and I am grabbing it when I can get it.

This is a quick note to let you know that your kids are great.  Meeting new friends, seeing new places and trying new things…especially the food!

Our accommodations are really quite beautiful.  We are staying at Kibbutz Haon on the Kinnerret, a.k.a. Sea of Galilee. The scenery, especially the sunsets are gorgeous, and teens are taking time to appreciate all the gifts of nature around them, though the tiny bugs may be something they will not get used to.

Today is really our first full day of touring. We started the day with a great buffet of an Israeli breakfast, enjoying fruits and vegetables, all home-grown, and enjoying them the way they were meant to taste. I am really happy that many kids are trying new foods, nothing too exotic, mostly traditional Israeli dishes.

Today’s first program was an inspiring talk by Shlomo (Momo) Lifshitz, who talked about the importance of keeping  our Jewish Family strong and connected to each other. Momo gave a riveting talk about how as proud American Jews, we can be proud of Israel too. He implored teens to stand up for Israel, asking them to take the time to talk to family and friends about how much Israel gives to the world and about  what a great place Israel is.  As the week goes on, kids will learn more as they experience more, forming their own personal relationship with Israel while building their own memory banks.

I am sitting atop Mt. Bental in the Golan Heights as I write this blog.   Where we are visiting used to be Syria, and we quickly understand the strategic importance of this area to Israel’s safety and security. The views are stunning and the scenery breathtaking.  Teens are standing where history was made.  Here atop Mt. Bental, like in dozens of other places we will visit, the site is our classroom.  What an exciting and unique way to learn about our history.

When we leave the mountain, we head to Manara Cliff, for an afternoon adventure of ziplining and outdoor fun! We’ll get a bit of down time later today, and then end the day with a relaxing boat cruise on the Kinnerret, the Sea of Galilee, where teens will dance the evening away!

Everyone is doing very well, enjoying the sunshine, new friends, and our exciting adventure!

Tomorrow we travel to Jerusalem by way of Rosh Hanikra and Sfad, which will be an incredible day of  discovery.

Until next time, with love from all of your kids in Israel,


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  1. The Vogels says:

    Thanks for the update Debbie! Sounds wonderful and we are happy to hear everyone is having so much fun about that beautiful country! Enjoy and stay safe 🙂

  2. Debra Mednick-Fizz says:

    Thank you, Debbie, for taking the time to provide an update. You, the staff and kids must be exhausted and exhilarated all at the same time. We’re jealous back home. Look forward to your next writing.

  3. Roberta Walden says:

    I am Charlotte’s Nana and I am happy to read about her experience and how wonderful it is for her.

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