להתראות

Our last day in Israel was a whirlwind of emotions and experiences, beginning with a continuation of our walking tour of Jaffa. There, we also learned about the origins of Tel Aviv; in 1909, 66 Jewish families decided to move outside the crowded and noisy city, gathering on a desolate sand dune to parcel out the land by lottery using seashells in what would become Tel Aviv (Aviv is Hebrew for “spring,” symbolizing renewal, and Tel is a mound of layers of civilization, symbolizing the ancient).

We debated some of the founding principles of the first modern Hebrew city before heading off to the temporary Independence Hall exhibition (the actual building is undergoing renovation) to relive the moments leading to the formation of the State of Israel. There, we listened to David Ben-Gurion’s declaration of independence on May 14, 1948, followed by the recitation of the Shehecheyanu and singing the Hatikvah.

We then made our way to the one-of-a-kind Shuk HaCarmel, where we spent a relaxing afternoon shopping for gifts and other tchotchkes, loading up on fruit smoothies and candy, and soaking up the atmosphere.

Afterward, we spent some time in the park with Eitan reflecting on our trip, sharing what we would put in our laundry bag (things we want to think or learn about more or improve upon from our trip), our trash bag (things we want to get rid of), and suitcase (things we want to take with us).

Tear-filled goodbyes (with plenty of laughter, too) followed at the Maganda restaurant in Tel Aviv before our long journey home to Pittsburgh … and …

… a special goodbye with words of deep gratitude for Mrs. Mazer, who has lead more than 20 Community Day School Israel trips with tireless energy, laser focus, bottomless wells of patience, expertise, a sense of humor, dedication to ensuring every child has a safe, educational, fun, and positive Israel experience from start to finish…and of course, plenty of love!

3 thoughts on “להתראות

  1. Thank you so much for this diary of the trip. I have welcomed them with keen interest and appreciate the opportunity my grandson Luke had in taking this trip. Shalom

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  2. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful journey through our homeland. You’ve made wonderful memories with these kids and hopefully a greater understanding of their heritage to pass along to their children. Brings back wonderful memories of our trip to Israel when you were just 13, Jennifer Bails. Your storytelling in words and pictures is brilliant.

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  3. These kids will never forget this trip. I am forever grateful to you, Tzippy, Jordan and Ronit for your warm caring touch and getting them to us safe and sound. My son is now home, in the comforts of his room, but I am reminded of the well-known saying, “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” Stepping out of one’s comfort zone is how one experiences the world and as a Jew/CDS graduate, I know these are hugely important in building that soul-to-soul connection. Onwards to the next chapter!

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