North to Galilee
Today we left Jerusalem to head north toward Galilee. But before doing so, the students had a chance to give a special birthday celebration to Ruby and Asher. We also stopped at Har Herzel, the Israeli national cemetery. We visited the gravesites of Theodore Herzel and Yitzak Rabin and other important leaders, as well as various memorials to those who lost their lives in service to their country.
After a long bus ride north, we arrived at Far Kedem, a recreated village from 2,000 years ago. Students dressed in ancient clothing, learned about ancient practices for harvesting and grinding grain, baked bread, and rode on donkeys.
Next, we visited the city of Tiberias Sea of Galilee. After learning more about this ancient, formerly Roman, the students enjoyed a short pleasure cruise on the sea. They were able to sing and dance and to just appreciate the beautiful surroundings.
Tomorrow we are off for some hiking and boating!
Charlotte and Tamara's Summary
We started our day by celebrating Ruby and Ashers’ birthday! We gave presents, cards, tons of candy, and ate cake.
After the breakfast festivities we went to Har Herzl. We visited the graves of Zionist figures, prime ministers, members of the military, and more.
After a two hour drive, we made it to Kfar Kedem, where we made pita, learned about the past, and rode donkeys.
We took a short stop before heading to a boat ride on the Kineret. We danced, sung, and had an overall amazing time.
Finally, we arrived at the final Kibbutz we are staying at, enjoyed dinner, and learned more about Israel’s geography.
Charlotte K. and Tamara R.
[Editor's Note: Due to a very bad Wifi connection, we are unable to upload photos at this time. We will have to do so after we return to the U.S.]