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Updates from Israel

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, [...]

It’s officially week two in Israel! We had a fabulous time in Jerusalem over the past few days celebrating Shabbat and Shavuot and learning more about each other and our connections to Judaism and Israel. Today we visited Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, as well as Mt. Herzl, the military cemetery, before heading south to [...]

We are continuing to have a blast on our trip. We’ve been on an extremely busy and fun schedule. Before Shabbat we went to the market and got to experience local foods and spices in the heart of Jerusalem (shuk machneh yehuda). On Shabbat we went to the Israel Museum and enjoyed the wide range [...]

We wanted to share with you another update from the Israel Outdoors Bus 135 as they continue their incredible 10 day journey in Israel! After spending their first few days in Jerusalem, the group traveled to the Negev desert earlier this week for hiking, camping, and camel riding. On Thursday, the group spent an exciting [...]

Dear Friends, We last spoke as we were preparing for our serious day in Jerusalem.Putting Yad Vashem and Mt. Herzl into words appropriate for me, you, and the participants is a difficult task. These two sites are loaded with, to many of us, a distant historical memory and Jewish tradition that would be otherwise less [...]

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