1. 2018

    Getting to Tel Aviv

    We began our mellow Saturday very well rested from a long nights sleep. Other than relaxing by the pool, playing sports, and taking lots of naps, as a group we learned about common problems that kibbutzim may face. We explored environment, youth education, and financial dilemmas, and we problem solved to discover solutions to real issues. We ended the day with havdalah, and woke up bright and early on Sunday for our long drive to Tel Aviv from Eilat. We stopped in the mixed Jewish/Arab village of Neve Shalom. It's a unique community that intentionally is trying to create dialogue and co-existence in Israel. They also created the first school with bilingual instruction in Arabic and Hebrew, and this idea has now spread around the country.

  2. 2018

    The Negev and Eilat

    Today was another beautiful, yet excruciatingly hot day in the Negev. We started our morning early and went on a gorgeous hike through the sandstone of the Red Canyon. In addition to seeing a lizard sunbathing on a rock, the views in and above the canyon were magnificent.

  3. 2018

    On Land and in the Water

    Today was another amazing day here in the Negev of Israel. We started off our day at a youth hostel in Mitzpe Ramon. After getting in late Monday night, the group was energized for an adventurous day after breakfast. Shortly after the morning meal, we headed out to the famous crater at Mitzpe Ramon. It was a beautiful sight, and we were all able to enjoy the view. To add to the adventure, we sat like birds looking over the miraculous crater.

  4. 2018

    An Adventurous Day

    Hello from our last day in the Negev. We’re continuing to head south, towards Eilat, after a very eventful day. We first visited a friend of our tour guide's who worked with cows on a Kibbutz. We watched and learned as we walked through stalls that the cows were locked in. It was fun, even with the smell.

  5. 2018

    Tea, Vegetables, and Pita

    Hello from Kibbutz Tze'elim! Today was filled with adventure and lots of tea. We started the day with a meeting with an Ethiopian woman and a walk around her village. It was a great insight into the lives of Jews who come from a place different from many of us.

  6. 2018

    Camels and More

    This morning, we woke up to the sounds of goats and camels moaning at a Bedouin tent in the middle of the desert, at the ripe hour of 6:30 am (may I remind you that the night before we had woken up at 2:00 am to prepare for our sunrise hike up Masada). Our breakfast consisted of eggs, cereal, pita, pudding, and other various foods. After breakfast, we made our way to the edge of the village, where we met our new friends, camels!  Our camel ride was a blast. We rode around the desert and saw a beautiful view of the Bedouin village.

  7. 2018

    Masada and the Dead Sea

    Saturday was a chill day as it was Shabbat; we stayed in the hotel, hung out, and ended the day with havdalah. We woke up bright and early on Sunday morning to see the sunrise on Masada. We left the hotel at 3:00 in the morning and we were climbing by 4:45. The group climbed at different paces but we all made it to the top of the mountain before the sun started rising.

  8. 2018

    A Great Day

    We woke up and went to breakfast at 8 in the morning at the hotel. We then boarded the bus and made our way to a lookout point over the Old City and greater Jerusalem. After looking out at the city, we heard some music and ended up joining an impromptu Zumba class, before we sat down for a discussion on the Israel/Palestine conflict.

  9. 2018

    Other Cultures and Viewpoints

    Today we learned about other cultures and viewpoints in Jerusalem. We began with a presentation about Christianity and the many denominations present in Jerusalem. We then set out to the Old City. At first we were in the Christian Quarter, where we visited the most holy church in Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We then went to the Muslim quarter, where we shopped at a street market.

  10. 2018

    The Day of Tunnels

    Today we got an early start and went to explore the Old City of Jerusalem. We walked the walls of the Old City and saw some beautiful views.

Camp JRF is now Camp Havaya.

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