Category: Previous Israel Blogs

Micah in Israel- First Days!

Posted by on June 27, 2017

Hello from Krakow, Poland! After a long day in airports and airplanes, we finally arrived. Immediately we were met by our lovely tour guides, Yael and Morgy (Poland only). We were eased in with a lunch of pizza and french fries, we felt right at home! After getting some rest in our hotel (which is very nice!), we ventured in to Krakow for the first time. We saw beautiful castles, old buildings, and even a fire breathing dragon…statue. After a calming “get to know you” session in a park by the river, we headed toward the festive market square of Krakow. The group got to try traditional polish food, and even enjoyed live music in the square. What an excellent way to kick off the trip!

On Tuesday we had an early start and headed out for a full day of history and excitement. Our first stop was the Jewish neighborhood of Krakow. We began at the site of the oldest synagogue in Krakow, where we sang a Micah style Happy Birthday to David Korn! We continued along to many other synagogues and a jewish cemetery. This area was so rich in history, there was something to talk about at every turn. We really began to understand what it was like to be a Jewish person living in these neighborhoods in the early 1900’s. We then transitioned to learning about later in history, venturing to the walls of the ghetto.

Switching gears, we traveled to a salt mine for a fun tour. We went 135 meters underground and learned about one of the largest salt mines in the world. There are frequent sculptures carved by the miners themselves. After the salt mine we had what we think will be one of the most meaningful moments of the trip. We got to hear from a 93 year polish woman who is honored as “righteous among the nation”, meaning that her family saved jewish people during the holocaust. The group sat in awe as she described what it was like for her as a seventeen to be helping jews, living in fear every day. After this inspiring talk, we headed back into Krakow for more traditional food! We are back in the hotel for much needed rest, as we head off to Auschwitz and Warsaw tomorrow.

 

We were so happy to be out of the air

For dinner, we got to explore the old town square

Waffles, gelato, and pierogies galore

I can definitely say we left wanting more

The next day we saw many places

From synagogues to salt mines, there were many spaces

If you’re waiting for pictures, don’t worry yet

We’ve got plenty coming soon, don’t you fret!

 

Love,

Sarah and Mike

Micah In Israel: Hello from Maine!

Posted by on June 20, 2017

Hey Everyone! Sarah and Mike here live from the dining hall! We’re so thrilled for Micah In Israel to start in a few short days. For the past few days we’ve been at camp preparing for the trip. Although we’ll be sad to leave Bridgton and Sebago, we are getting increasingly excited to begin this once in a lifetime experience. As we go through planning logistics and training, we are getting an in depth look at how outstanding of a trip we have the opportunity to take part in. Throughout the summer we will continue to write blog posts and updates, so stay tuned!

Now, a short poem:

In just a few days we’ll get on a plane

No longer will we be in Maine

From Boston to London we’ll take a flight

Then to Poland, it’ll be a long night

For a few days, we’ll learn about history

Our best moments of the trip are still a mystery

We’re so excited, we just can’t wait

We’ll see you Sunday, don’t be late!

(Poem to be continued)

 

Love,

Mike Safran and Sarah Gallimore

10 Days and Counting!

Posted by on June 16, 2016

Good afternoon from downtown Bridgton and Sebago!

IMG_0047Meryl and Alex coming at you from our temporary office, also known as the dining hall. We’re psyched to jet off to Poland and our final destination- Israel! We’ve been hard at work going over forms, itineraries, schedules, more forms, and can not wait for the trip to finally begin! 

Of course, don’t hesitate to get in touch with final questions or concerns. Feel free to email us or call the Camp Micah main line; Meryl is finishing up at school next week, but Mike Churwin and Alex will be here if you need us. We cannot wait to see you all next Sunday at Terminal E for British Airways (3:00 P.M. SHARP!).

All the best, next month in Jerusalem!

– Alex and Meryl

 

Masada, Jerusalem, and NBA players?!

Posted by on July 26, 2015
Dear Camp Micah,
We ended last week at an Orthodox community in the Lower Galilee called Hoshaya. Part of the group was hosted by very welcoming families at Hoshaya while others stayed with relatives all over Israel. The whole group came together on Sunday morning and we proceeded to hike down a cliff (with no ropes!). Jordan Barr thought it would be a good idea to throw his water bottle off the cliff; It wasn’t. Next, we went to a goat farm where we milked mamma goats and made cheese. We also made some salads with some focaccia bread. Afterward, we went to yet another British Mandate museum. Riveting!
On Monday, we went on a Bio bee tour at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu where we fed donkeys, ate dates, and saw, like, 4 bees in a box. Charlie Goldsmith finally had his first date!( get it)Then we travelled back to Jerusalem for the final leg of our trip (tear tear). We met a rabbi who had nine toes and talked to us about becoming bnei mitzvah. He was 4 years late.
The next day we went to the most famous holocaust museum, Yad Vashem. This took us back to our days in Poland and we learned about the roots of antisemitism. On a happier note, we volunteered at Abu Gosh Children’s Home where we re-painted walls. Sam Marram had so much paint on him that he blended in! After much osmosis of Holocaust information, both in Poland and in Israel, we had the chance to reflect artistically at the Kol Ha-ot center that night.
On Wednesday morning, we went to Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem where we re-enacted the battle during the 6 day war to win back Jerusalem by playing capture the flag using underground tunnels. Jordan Barr, yet again, made a smart decision to run through a bush of thorns. He’s still bleeding. Following that we volunteered at Pantry Packers where we packed lentils and rice assembly-line style for families in need. It was practically the Industrial Revolution. That night we met a cool reform rabbi who helped us reflect on our trip and open up about our Judaism.
Thursday was a big day–we all got re-bar/bat mitzvahed at a conservative temple in Jerusalem. Erica Kleeman had her very first bat mitzvah! Most of us gave speeches about anything meaningful to us. For brunch, we returned to our Jewish roots by eating pork and cheeseburgers. Just kidding, we had bagels and lox. Soon after, we went to an archeological dig where we unearthed 3000 year old artifacts from underground caves. George Patsouris found teeth! Jordan Barr struck again by finding a full, intact plate. Then we rode camels in the desert and had a Bedouin dinner. Bedtime was early because the next day, we would wake up at 3 a.m. to make it in time for the sunrise on Masada.
Little addition: tonight at the Western Wall, we ran into NBA stars DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Caspi, Iman Shumpert, and Chandler Parsons. Some of us got autographs and selfies!
It was quite an eventful week here in Israel, and we hope the first week of second session has been as amazing as ours. It’s bittersweet to know we’ll be back at camp soon, but we’re all looking forward to seeing everyone.
See y’all soon, and Shabbat shalom!
Love, Maya Metser, Enna Spivak, Caroline Safran, and the rest of Micah in Israel 2015

 

Exploring the North!

Posted by on July 16, 2015
Greetings Camp Micah!
After yet another week of exhilaration, recreation, and Israeli education, we believe that we have found spiritual emancipation. We began our holy week with internal contemplation, hanging out in Tsfat with the #orthodoxnation. The boys went into a 500 year old Mikvah with no reservation, while the girls enjoyed an afternoon of deep meditation. Next we got ready for Shabbas great anticipation; we joined an orthodox service on a roof top and sang with full participation. The next day we rested, as God did after creation, and held morning services on a hill top to start the day with an exclamation. Then we ended Shabbat with a pretty jamming havdallah celebration! On Sunday we met IDF soldiers who taught us about Israel’s foreign administration; staring at the Lebanese border was quite a revelation. On Monday we biked for the Save A Child’s Heart organization, raising money to fund for heart operations. For some this bike ride caused much frustration. On Tuesday we hiked to a waterfall filled with water from cloud condensation. On Wednesday we rode a cable car up a mountain and zip lined down in much elation, and then at night we went on a musical boat cruise that had superb flotation. On Thursday we made pita bread and wine at a 2000 year old Talmudic village simulation, and hiked through a river, which was quite an exploration. http://www.campmicah.com/exploring-the-north/Too bad Alexa had to miss out because of her hand inflammation…we wish you could all be here, but you’ll just have to use your imaginations. See you soon, Shabbat shalom, love Noah Stanton, Isaac Appel, Joel Linkewer and the rest of Micah in Israel, peace and salutation.