By Becca Diamond
This week, we began to focus on the current day Israel. We began by welcoming Israeli teens into our group. This gives us the chance to see Israel from their eyes while also showing them how we practice Judaism as American Jews.
We spent a fun day together swimming and riding boats in the Sea of Galilee. Then we showed the Israelis all the ruach of and Eisner Shabbat song session and Israeli dancing.
The next day we visited the security barrier between Israel and the West Bank and talked about what it meant for the people on each side. We got to explore the incredible Shuk HaCarmel in Tel Aviv, and then we drove to the guest house of a place called Neve Shalom, or Oasis of Peace, which is a community of both Jews and Muslims.
The next day, we went to Yad Vashem, which is the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. As we walked through the museum, we thought back to our time in Europe and learned how those experiences in Kraków, Prague, and Warsaw connected with what we have been doing in Israel.
Today we were able to listen to a woman named Yasmine talk about her experiences as a Muslim woman in Israel. She educated us about how the rituals and beliefs of Islam play out in her life. Tomorrow is our last day with our new Israeli friends. We hope that one day they’ll join us at Eisner as mishlachat.
In the meantime, we are savoring our last few days in Israel. We can’t wait to see you next week at Yom Olim.