After getting a nice evening's rest, our group convened this morning very excited for their first full day in the holy land! The group spent the day in Israel's second largest city, Tel Aviv, and had a great time learning about the history and culture.
The above photo is from Independence Hall, where our group was taught about the birth of the city of Tel Aviv and the state of Israel. We ate, and ate some more (the food in Tel Aviv is so good!), and then went on to the Ayalon Institute in Rehovot, also known as Haganah's underground ammunition factory. Our group was marveled by the history behind building this factor, which above ground looks like your typical kibbutz. You can read more about the Ayaloon Institute here.
We also spent a great portion of our day shopping at the Nachalat Benyamin Mall, which aesthetically, isn't what American's would consider a mall, more like what a street fair or even Canal Street would look like. Below's a picture of some of the jewelry available to us, oh yeah, lot's of good food!
It was an action packed day, which we cut short in observation of Shabbat, which will be observed with a family that's very excited to host us and teach us about Israeli traditions! We'll be back with more updates on Sunday or Monday!
After months of anticipation, our Neighborhood Senior Center's trip to Israel is finally here!
The group of almost 20 departed from JFK airport on Wednesday evening, and arrived in Tel-Aviv Thursday afternoon, where they'll be staying at the Dan Panorama Hotel. Below is a picture of several members of the group, with the group's tour guide Gil.
After arriving at the hotel in the late afternoon following a 12-hour flight, the group rested up for a little bit before reconvening for dinner, which took place at the Maganda Restaurant in the Yeminite quarter of Tel Aviv. The first dinner entailed a variety of Yeminite salads, chicken and turkey skewers, and a delicious baklava accompanied by Yeminite tea with fresh mint leaves.
At the end of a long day of travel, it was great to take in such a fulfilling and authentic meal. Our group also got to witness their first sunset over the Mediterranean Sea, which was just mesmerizing.
On the docket for tomorrow: a tour of the old city of Jaffe, lunch at a local eaterie, and at last, some open air market in Tel Aviv. We'll keep you posted!