|Hannah, me and Max, watching the sun set in Tel Aviv|
I literally took 1000 pictures, and you can see them all at my Flickr photostream. My new camera was a joy, even though I barely knew how to use it, and I loved capturing as many moments as I could.
I've struggled with how best to tell this story, as I realize it's just too many stories. So this is going to be the highlights for me, and I'm sure in future posts, I'll go into more detail on certain aspects of the trip. That will be one way for me to stave off the depression that the trip is already part of my past, and not the longed for future anymore.
The four of us arrived in Israel late on Thursday evening, and had three days on our own before we were joined by another 75 members of Temple Emanuel. Marc and I really wanted the kids to have the experience of a Shabbat in Jerusalem, since so much shuts down in a way that doesn't happen anywhere else.This turned out to be an unexpectedly good turn of events, as we had time to do some exploring on our own, but we also had time to simply rest. We took naps and adjusted to the time change, and when the main part of our trip began, we were ready for it.
the Western Wall), and Max pulled on me saying, "we're really in Jerusalem now."
|Hannah's and my hands|
|Max, in blue, putting his prayers in the wall.|
|On our second visit with our group.|
|An historic moment: as a family, touching the newly-excavated section of the Kotel, expanded for pluralistic prayer experiences.|
|Shabbat lunch purchased the day before at Mechane Yehuda, including the best pita ever.|
|With the "ahava" (love) sculpture at the Israel Museum|
|Services atop Mt. Masada|
|Camel riding at Genesis Land (Hannah is in orange)|
|The Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Christmas Eve|
|Ethan and Max's hotel room shofar blow off|
|Hannah and Julia after our jeep tour of the Golan|
|Jocelyn and Hannah after dinner at a Druze village|
|The Baha'i Gardens in Haifa|
|Israeli dancing at a Haifa elementary school|
|Getting ready for Shabbat in Tel Aviv|
|Shabbat afternoon walk along the Mediterranean Sea|
|Dates at Tel Aviv's Levinsky Market|
|Exploring Latrun with some Israeli soldiers|
|And finally, a quick hello to Big Ben on our London layover.|
A huge thank you to everyone at Temple Emanuel who helped make our dream a reality, especially Michelle, Terri, Wayne and Ilene, and our excellent guides Abraham, Bill and Tal from Da'at. It was such a pleasure getting to travel with everyone, deepening friendships and creating new ones.
|All of us!|