On Yom Ha'atzmaut the students had a typical Israeli exprience - they went to the National Park, heard Idan Reichel and Eyal Golan in concert, saw fireworks and experienced joy and celebrations. Later they had Mangal (Israeli BBQ) at one of the host's homes.
On Wednesday morning our students got involved in a Tikkun Olam project. They went to Beit Eliyahu, a soup kitchen for needy people that serves 150 meals a day and delivers meals to approximately 700 homes. Our students helped pack lunches, cut celery and potatoes, peeled damaged cabbage leaves and then cleaned the kitchen. Mrs. Yalovsky and Rabbi Bluman were very impressed with their dedication, willingness to help, and their good spirits - they sang through the whole process! As they were about to leave, they saw some of the patrons of the soup kitchen - knowing that their hard work and dedication was able to feed those not able to feed themselves.