Category: Micah in Israel – 2014

Water and Sun in the North

Posted by on July 23, 2013

These past two days have been absolutely incredible. After hiking in the upper Galilee yesterday, we arrived at a beautiful waterfall and natural pool. We swam in the pool, under the waterfall, and even jumped from rocks through the falls. Today, we went on a relaxing water hike and swam in a clear, blue river. Everyone was jumping and splashing around in good spirits.

Our visit of an IDF base on the Lebanon border yesterday was super interesting and exciting. We learned about the soldiers’ jobs on the border, and got to meet and hang out with two different platoons. Today, we had the choice of either rappelling or zip lining down a huge cliff- it was thrilling and beautiful. Tonight we tapped into our creative sides and carved our very own mezuzahs out of wood. The North is treating us well! Everyone is having such a great time and soaking up the last week or so of our Israel experience. Tomorrow, we head to a chocolate factory to make some delicious treats and get to swim again in a natural pool. We are loving it.

Love,

Micah in Israel

The Negev Adventure

Posted by on July 5, 2013

Shabbat Shalom, Camp Micah!

We are all currently clean and happy sitting in our air conditioned rooms at Kibbutz Ketura, after a challenging and incredible three days in the desert. These past few days we got to experience the heat, dirt, and intense bonding that the Negev offers. We hiked up huge cliffs, slept under the bright, starlit sky, and swam in a hidden oasis. We are so happy to have successfully completed the desert challenge and are about to celebrate Shabbat here in the beautiful kibbutz in the south of Israel. We hope you are all staying cool back in Maine!

Love,

Micah in Israel

Shabbat in Israel

Posted by on June 30, 2013
Hope you all had a good sabbath! On Friday night, it was our first Shabbat in Israel. we spent the beginning of the evening at the western wall, having our own Micah service. while we missed Shari and her services, it was very exciting to experience something new. on Saturday, we played a series of group games, having fun and getting to know one another better. for the remainder of the day, we hung out at the pool and then had havdallah services. After services, we went to Ben yehudah and got a feel for Israeli night life! on Sunday, we got to explore the old city of David and got to trek through Hezekiah's tunnels, which were 3000 year old tunnels filled with spring water. We spent the night at the Kotel and got to write notes to put in the wall. So far the trip has been great, and were all so happy to have this experience together. we look forward to exploring the old city more and floating in the Dead Sea on Tuesday! hope everyone is enjoying camp!! 
 Love,
Emily and Liz

we have arrived in the land of israel!

Posted by on June 28, 2013

Shabbat Shalom Camp Micah!!

 

We have just arrived toIsraeltoday and could not be more excited to be in our new “home”. After four difficult yet enlightening days spent in Poland learning about the holocaust and being faced with the harsh history, coming to a place where we can be so proud and  welcomed to be Jewish has taken on a whole new meaning. We started off our travels here inIsraelwith a late night arrival to our hotel in a village outside ofJerusalem, and were all happy to climb into bed. Feeling refreshed this morning, we hit the ground running and went to Ammunition Hill, the site of a battle during the 6 Days War, with preserved maze-like trenches that Toma suggested we played hide-and-go-seek in, and of course we did. After grabbing a quick lunch in a mall, we all relaxed at the hotel and got ready for our first Israeli Shabbat! We went to the old city ofJerusalemwhere we held our own services led by Haley, Mia, and Elizabeth, using ourCampMicahsiddur! We got to see the Western Wall and all kinds of people, feeling like a part of the community. We ended a great first day here with a lively Shabbat dinner, and are excited to see what comes next! We send our love to all and hope that you are all having just as great of a time at home as we are inIsrael!

 

Love,

 

Haley and Kayla

Last Day in Poland

Posted by on June 28, 2013

A beautiful buffet breakfast at our hotel and four cups of hot chocolate later, we hauled ourselves onto the bus and drove to the town of Lodz. We visited the ghetto and the railway station where thousands of Jews were sent off to Auschwitz. We were able to stand in one of the railway cars that they were forced into, making it a little bit easier to identify with what they had to go through. After our visit to Lodz, we went into a mall to hunt for food. That hunt soon turned into a desperate quest for something to eat, but in the end we finally realized that the food court was conveniently hidden in the corner of the mall. We continued on to the Chelmo death camp, which resulted in very few survivors since it was one of the first of its kind. That fact made it a more personal experience because we got to stand on the site where tens of thousands of Jews were brutally murdered. We then got to hear from one of the Righteous of the Nation, a woman whose whole family hid numerous Jews during the Holocaust, saving their lives. After a long day, we were able to spend some free time in the middle of Warsaw, one of the most beautiful parts of Poland.

Love,

Sam Land