From the Kinneret to the Golan HeightsOrly S. and Juliet R.
We started off our day with breakfast at the hotel. There were so many options for everyone to enjoy!
Our first of many activities was a Tel Dan nature hike, where we explored many architectural features and learned the history of the spots. Then, we hopped back on the bus and headed to Golan Heights. While eating lunch with views of the valley, we learned about the current and historical geographic and governmental divisions of the land.
Next, we went to De Karina chocolate factory, a generational chocolate boutique, where we watched a short clip about the process and origins behind chocolate. We also had the opportunity to sample different types of hand crafted chocolates and add a creative twist on our own bars.
To close off our first full day, we went to Kfar Kedem and experienced a taste of the Israeli life a while back. After suiting up in head coverings and robes, we made our own pita bread, rode some adorable donkeys, and had a delicious traditional dinner of pita, hummus/tchina, Israeli salad, rice, and many proteins.
Another highlight of our time spent so far were the many friendly cats. We can’t wait for tomorrow’s adventure, and look forward to our first Israeli shabbat as a grade
At the Tel Dan nature reserve, we saw the geographical features and archaeological remnants of the site. We learned more about Israeli history, both ancient and modern, while also reflecting on our reasons for coming on this two-week trip. A quick ride to Mount Bental allowed us to see the stunning views on offer as well as a glimpse into neighboring Syria and Lebanon. After chocolate, we visited a replica of ancient Jewish settlement to learn more history, ride the donkeys, and savor the traditional food.