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Updates from Israel

We wanted to share with you an update from the Israel Outdoors Bus 454 as they continue their incredible 10 day journey in Israel! They enjoyed their first week, exploring northern Israel, Jerusalem, and the Negev desert. Below is a great update from this afternoon written by their group leaders: We just arrived in Tel [...]

Hi from bus 520! We have had a very busy few days. Once we left the north we headed to Jerusalem. We explored the Old City and market called Mahane Yehuda. Shabbat in Jerusalem is very special and unique and our group was very grateful to be spending such an important day in this holy [...]

Bus 223 landed safe and sound at Ben Gurion Airport Monday morning. We met our awesome guide Gadi, our medic Shlomi, and hit the ground running. First we headed north to Mount Meron where, fortified by falafel and shawarma, we circled the peak taking in the sights and sounds of the Galilee, Golan, and even [...]

What an amazing group! We began with an opening ceremony at the Mediterranean Sea. Jet lagged and all, our enthusiastic group hopped off the bus at the sea, took off their shoes, and spontaneously ran into the water to take a quick foot dip! It was a beautiful moment. Chen, our Israeli tour guide, then [...]

The group is doing great. We landed really late on Monday night and drove directly north to the city of Tiberias to go to sleep. After sleeping in, the group departed for the Golan Heights and had a relaxing rafting ride down the Jordan River. After the float and lunch nearby, bus 310 took to [...]

From the trip leaders, Matt and Melissa: We woke up Friday morning excited to explore the rich history of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem.  Visiting the Kotel (Western Wall) was a highlight for many as it was their first time seeing the holiest site in Judaism.  Many participants were overcome with [...]

After touring the northern part of Israel we made our way to the capital and holy city of Jerusalem. On our way, we stopped in Akko, the partnership city of Austin, to volunteer at a preschool and middle school. It was very meaningful to take some time to give back to the Jewish community and [...]

The past few days have been a whirlwind of activity – from rafting in the Jordan River to learning about Israel’s thriving entrepreneurship sector in Tel Aviv, and from riding camels in the desert, to floating in the Dead Sea, we have covered a lot of ground. We have been exposed to the diversity of [...]

Life on the road is treating us well. We haven’t even had a full day here and already we’ve seen so much. After a long day of travel, we arrived in Tel Aviv and were greeted by our Israeli travel mates with hugs. We even did the hora together right there in the airport. Then [...]

The group arrived in the desert Tuesday evening and spent the night in Bedouin tents enjoying Bedouin hospitality, a quick camel ride, and a late night campfire. Yesterday, the group awoke at the tents before the sun to hike up Masada and watch a beautiful sunrise from the top. Later, they floated in the Dead Sea, [...]

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