Category: Micah in Israel – 2016

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