Category: Previous Israel Blogs

Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Acco and now Zefat!

Posted by on July 10, 2015

Shabbat Shalom!

We had a busy week here in Israel. At the beginning of the week we were in Tel Aviv until Tuesday. We went to Independence Hall where we learned how Ben Guiron declared independence in Israel. Then we volunteered at The Jaffa Institute where we played with kids from struggling families and poor communities. It was an amazing experience to get to know the kids. Seeing them smile and play various games from Frisbee and soccer to hoolla-hooping and playing catching made all of us feel better by doing a mitzvoth. The next day we volunteered at Save A Child’s Heart where kids from different countries came to the facility in Israel for heart surgeries stayed at. We sang and danced, drew various pictures and played games with them to help brighten up their day. The members and volunteers described how their high success rate surgeries which normally cost 250,000 dollars in the US only cost them 10,000 dollars. This has allowed them to complete many more surgeries and save over 3,000 lives.

Following, we visited a kibbutz which had a secret bullet factory underground that produced ammunition for the Palmach. We toured with our awesome guide Kayla as she showed us how the members of the community used intellect and chutzpa to cover up all the noise and machinery while working close under Britain’s watch.

Tuesday we visited the Palmach museum where the group learned about the secret military the Jewish people created to help fight in the war. We all were in awe by the ability that a small motivated group could accomplish.

Next we went to the ancient city of Caesarea. The views of the Mediterranean were incredible there and it was so interesting to learn how the Romans built the city and how they ruled it for an extensive period of time.  That night we slept on the beach, which was so peaceful. We sang songs by the water, watching the sunset, as well as sitting around the bonfire making memories.

We rose early and drove to one of the Carmel Forest Restoration Project sites where we cleared dead vines, branches, and trees which were debris from prior forest fires and to prevent any further ones. Then we went to a Detention Camp where Jewish people attempting to come to Israel were taken to by the British. This was a surprise to many of us because we didn’t have too much knowledge of where the Jews went after the Holocaust. The camp was not a Death nor Concentration Camp; Jews were only held there to live under the eye of the British. The camp reminded us that following the Holocaust, life was not all easy for the Jewish people.

On Thursday we went to the sea grottoes in Rosh Hanikrah near our hotel, and that was such a cool experience. The sights were beautiful and it was interesting to see how the caves were formed from the impact of the water overtime. We traveled into the Muslim quarter and learned about their history and why they are interested in the holy land.

It is now Shabbat and we have arrived in Zefat. We had an amazing but hot day touring around and going to the Mikvah’s, which are natural holy water pools. http://www.campmicah.com/tel-aviv-caesarea-haifa-acco-and-now-zefat/The guys were allowed to take a dip in the waters and speak with a member of the community about his life in Zefat while the girls had a meditation session and spoke with a female of the community. We will soon visit an IDF base near the Lebanese border which has us all excited.

Love,

The twins: Ella & Ethan

 

A busy (but fun!) week in Tel Aviv

Posted by on July 9, 2015

Shalom everyone,

Boy, has it been a busy few days! While the first part of our  trip has been dedicated to touring, these past few days we’ve been working more with the Israeli community. On Sunday, we visited The Jaffa Institute, an educational facility for Jewish children under the poverty line. We played sports and talked to the children… Even though we didn’t speak the same language, we all felt a connection to them and we left with many new friends. Afterwards, we visited a museum that simulated the experience of being blind–the rooms were entirely dark and we were forced to rely on touch, smell and sound to find our way. After dinner that night, we attended a lecture by Israeli economics researcher Assaf Luxembourg, who explained to us the reasoning behind Israel’s important place on the entrepreneurial map of the world. Yesterday we again began with some volunteer work, this time spending a few hours with children in the care facility at Save A Child’s Heart, the organization which we will be raising money for on our bike race later (everyone should donate!!) It was so fun meeting kids who can remain so optimistic and have so much hope even in the face of congenial heart disease. Afterwards, we met up with our favorite tour guide Kayla, who gave us a tour of an old kibbutz harboring a bullet factory, which was used by the Israelis to defend themselves during the British occupation pre-1948. After we were able to shop around the shook and enjoy some delicious falafel. Eating authentic Israeli cuisine did not stop there – we had shakshuka and lamb and chicken kebab for dinner. For evening activity we were visited by Puzzle Time Israel. We split up into teams and solved a series of challenging puzzles, a great work out for our brain. http://www.campmicah.com/a-busy-but-fun-week-in-tel-aviv/Overall, we have been so busy exploring Tel Aviv and trying new activities that we never thought we’d ever be able to do. Can’t wait to embark on our next chapter of Micah In Israel 2015.
We miss you so much!!
shalom,
Noah and Joelle

1st week in Israel

Posted by on July 4, 2015

Hi friends,

Our first week in Israel was amazing! We toured the Old City of Jerusalem, traveled south to Eilat, became one with the desert, and recently arrived in Tel Aviv!
We spent last Saturday relaxing in our beautiful hotel playing card games, splashing in the pool, and enjoying the water slide together. On Sunday we adventured through the underground water tunnels of the City of David. We sang songs and enjoyed each others’ company. And guess what?! That night at the Western Wall, we saw Mariah Carey! We then toured the Jewish and Christian Quarters of the old city.
Tuesday we woke up bright and early for a short hike, then traveled to the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea. If you ever wanna see 16 year old boys scream in pain like little girls, go on the Micah in Israel trip. Over the next day we went to an eco friendly kibbutz, snorkeled in the Red Sea (where we could see Jordan), went to a museum honoring astronaut Ilan Ramon, and drove to the Negev Desert, our home for the past three days.
Rather describing it, the only thing we can tell you is to live for now. In the desert, as we were surrounded by miles and miles of endless cliffs and sand, time simply did not exist. Mountain climbing, peeing in the sand, and hours of heat brought out the best and worst of everyone. We worked together and somehow survived!
Sent with love,
Bayley Tuch, Shmuel (aka Sam Marram), the entire Micah in Israel trip 2015, and Mariah Carey.
P.S. Mom, Dad, and Lexi, I miss and love you guys so much (from Bay).
I love Brent Huot (from Sam)

Micah in Israel…in Bridgton, Maine

Posted by on June 18, 2015

Hey There,

Heather and Nate here coming at you with the first blog of the summer! We are so excited to see all of your smiling faces in just a few short days! We have spent the last few days preparing and getting everything ready for our departure to Poland and ultimately, Israel. We hope you are as excited as we are! If you have any questions or concerns, or if you just want to say how excited you are, please feel free to connect with us.

The time of your life is awaiting! See you Sunday!

Heather and Nate

 

Wrapping up our 2014 Israel Adventure!

Posted by on July 23, 2014

It has definitely been a hectic last couple of days, filled with a lot of packing, long days of travel, and a whirlwind of emotions.  We started out the week on Sunday by visiting a goat farm, where we made our own cheese followed by a very tasty lunch.  We also had some daring individuals that stepped up to try some goat milk directly from an utter, and it was humorous to say the least.  Later that day we went on another hike, but this was not just any ordinary hike, for the majority of it was through water that came up past most of our shoulders, and included the occasional concrete drain that we were able to use as a slide.

The following day we traveled to The Valley of Kibbutzim, where we saw how all of the first Jewish settlers established their land while still under British Mandate, and also participated in a team building exercise that consisted of a variety of different games in the water!  We closed out the evening by going to a sound and light show at the old roman ruins in the city of Bet Shean, where the kids learned about the fate of our trip, and that the end of very near.  There was a variety of different emotions, and as a whole spirits were very low as the reality of everything was finally setting in, but it was nice to see the group really coming together as a family in one of our more difficult times.

Moving on through the week we went on a tour of a bee farm and got to play with a handful of different animals, followed by riding the most sought after animal of all, the camel! The pictures that were taken of the kids speak volumes about how much they truly enjoyed themselves.

This morning we woke up while it was still dark out to hike up Masada in order to see the beautiful sunrise over the Dead Sea and tour around a bit.  We then let everyone catch up on some sleep, where we then had our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program.  Although it was very last minute, all of the kids really stepped up and shared beautiful thoughts and experiences not only about the trip, but also about life as a whole and what it means growing up being Jewish.  The evening came to a close with a short but very successful meeting with four IDF soldiers who are on reserve duty in the area during this time of need, and I think they were able to shed a lot of light on what life is like for Israelis.

Spirits are definitely back up, and we intend for them to stay that way until flights can finally be squared away.  Be on the lookout for pictures!!!

Michelle and the rest of MII ’14