Daniel Shapiro wrote the update for Friday:
“Today, wow, today, was a, how do I put this...amazing! One of if not the best activities I have ever done on a trip. We went into archeological dig sites and learned about the expansive cave system and the city in Maccabee time. It was pure joy to see all the artifacts and bring the history to life.”
It’s been ages since I dug Israel, yet I still remember the excitement Daniel is describing – it really bring history to life! It also makes eating, sniffing and being covered with dirt worth it J
Following that, Naale had lunch including pitas they baked on their own from scratch, including lighting the fire (video attached) It all got them ready to welcome Shabbat. Following Kabalat Shabbat and dinner they celebrated together Oneg Shabbat, singing, chatting, enjoying relaxed fun activities led by Israeli madrichim. In the morning students could chose which synagogue to go to, most of the grade went to Shira Chadasha, an orthodox egalitarian minyan, other went to the Conservative shul right by Agron and one student went with a Madrich to the great synagogue, an orthodox shul with a Chazan whose also an opera singer (common in the states but very uncommon in Israel).