Forty one Jews ventured off on August 1'st to tour the land of Israel on JUMP (Jewish Urban Meeting Place)'s second trip of the summer. After what was quite the interesting Air Canada flight, where you would think we all would have been served Kosher meals, three of us wound up with the Hindu meal...yes that's right Hindu meals. I can say I have never before been on a flight where I had to exist for nearly five hours on curry and rice. Still, with many great memories since we landed, that's but a side note in an otherwise outstanding first half.
The first two nights have been spent in beautiful Haifa, looking out at breathtaking views from high in the mountains; visiting the forward-thinking Technion University and after incredible hikes, we found it best to unwind and bond seaside, letting loose on the beach.
Before leaving for the Galill, we made a brief stop to Migdal Ha'emek. Our visit there was with Yitzchak Dovid Grossman (also known as the "Disco Rabbi") the Chief Rabbi of Migdal Ha'Emek, founder and president of Migdal Ohr. To see the sights, learn about our roots and open our eyes to similar challenges the community faces back home and the Gimilut Hasadim we can provide is already making it an invaluable experience.
To be continued...