Saturday, May 6, 2017
Visiting Yad Vashem was an extremely emotional and moving experience for each one of us. The horrific pictures, movies, and stories touched our hearts and moved us to tears. Our next visit to the Herzl museum on Har Herzl made us realize that so many people have dedicated their lives to the establishment of this beautiful state of Israel. Herzl believed that if you will it, it doesn't have to be just a dream. After the sadness of Yad Vashem and Har Herzl, we saw the dreams come alive in Machane Yehuda as Jews from around the world pushed and shoved to buy the tastiest challa and freshest veggies for Shabbat! To quote one of the kids, "Herzl was a prophet!"
Thursday, May 4, 2017
6th and 7th grade have been traveling through the Washington DC area all week learning about the foundations of our democracy within a historical context. They have visited national monuments and museums and have enjoyed surrounding areas, including Mt. Vernon and Jamestown. We welcome them back on campus on Monday and can't wait to hear about their experiences first hand.
To the beautiful song, Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, we "went up"/alinu to Jerusalem. Our first stop was a visit to Yad Lakashish, an organization that helps the elderly to keep busy by involving them in arts and crafts. We then explored the Jewish Quarter.
Nikbat Hashiloach, also known as Hezekiah's Tunnel, is a water tunnel that was carved underneath the City of David in Jerusalem in ancient times. Equipped with flashlights, the students waded through the water of the dark tunnels. We then explored Minharot Hakotel, the excavated Kotel tunnels. Exhausted we ended our busy and amazing day at the hostel.