Saturday, May 28, 2011

Israel aboard the Magic Shul Bus!

Well it’s Sunday morning here in Israel, and now that Shabbat is over, it is finally starting to sink in that I’m really back in Israel. Sitting next to my sister on the flight over (thanks to the awesome guy who switched seats with me!) we both commented over and over how unreal it was that we had crossed into Israel airspace, that we landed in Israel, that we were really in Israel.

Starting our trip with Shabbat was an interesting way to welcome the participants to Israel. It was a wonderful way to get to know the group on a more personal level. They are a fantastic group! This group of mostly strangers has very quickly become one bus (and has asked to be called the Magic Shul Bus!). Time spent touring Kibbutz Sha’ar HaGolan, sitting by the pool and playing soccer and basketball was a great way to break down everyone’s barriers and take a group of strangers and turn them into a group of friends.

After a wonderful Havdallah that many participants said was their favorite part of Shabbat (mine too!) we wished everyone a Shavua Tov and headed to Tiberias for dinner. The rest of the trip won’t be anywhere near as relaxing has Shabbat, but that is what makes Shabbat special. We’re refreshed and ready to hit the ground running for the rest of an amazing trip!

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