March 13-26, 2019 – The Israel Trip 2019
Rabbi Prosnit led congregational trip to Israel. 60 congregants and members of our community joined Rabbi Prosnit and Wendy Bloch on this, his last congregational trip to Israel. You can follow along with daily messages and photos that were sent in along the way from some of our congregants!
Day 1 Message from Caren Schwartz: Shalom from Tel Aviv. We are enjoying a beautiful spring day for our first full day in Israel. After a wonderful buffet breakfast with an abundance of choices we boarded the buses and had a fascinating tour the street art of an area of Tel Aviv. The variety and styles were varied and we learned about some of the artists. We then followed the independence trail from 1906 to 1948 – the founding of Tel Aviv to the independence of Israel. After that it was a visit to the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall that has a bi-weekly crafts fair and the Carmel Open Market. After walking through the Carmel market I will never complain about crowds on NYC streets. We get time to rest or perhaps enjoy the beach (across from our hotel). Then tonight we head to Modi’in for Kabbalat Shabbat services and Shabbat dinner.
Arrival in Tel Aviv – Day One- March 14-15 by Claire Shumofsky & Ilene Goby
After our flight from Kennedy airport we arrived safely at Ben Gurion Airport mid -day on Thursday March 14th. Checking into the hotel, we saw that refreshments were put out to help the process. Food was one of our very first impressions on our arrival and many of our photos for the first 24 hours show this! We all had an amazing multi course dinner at Canaan , a local restaurant within walking distance of our lovely David Intercontinental Hotel. Dozens of small plates crowded the table and we became adept at consolidation as more food kept arriving. These small plates were only the beginning of a full course dinner! After dinner and back at our hotel many of us were “welcomed” by hearing an alarm and orders to get to a safety room located on each floor. Our first full day in Tel Aviv started for the Southern group with a talk about some of the latest Israeli inventions and then we joined the others for a marvelous walking tour led by a sabra through an area where graffiti street art is used to decorate and make statements on many of the buildings. We were then dropped off at a pedestrian mall with crafts shops and eateries. Ice cream and gelato were especially tempting. Many of us are now realizing that our first full day was just the beginning of lots of delicious eating!
News from the Southern Tour with Stew Barcham: On Monday, the 18th of March, the Southern contingent woke up in our fabulous hotel, ate a sumptuous Israeli breakfast and boarded “Jeep-type” vehicles for a trip to explore the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater. The scenery was remarkable. Next we experienced Pita making from a pair of Bedouin Pita professionals and finally we learned the secrets of bread making from Hadas Meir, founder of the Lasha (knead) Bakery in Mitzpe Ramon. Our bakery lesson included lunch accompanied by our own hand made bread creations.