Posted in YJ Italy on 27. Jul, 2010
On Friday, happy to be back together again after Special Interest Week, Chalutzim headed to Jerusalem. The group had a special opening ceremony at Mount Scopus, near the Hebrew University campus. Here they could admire the incredible views of the entire city, both the new and the Old City of Jerusalem.
Next the group travelled to the City of David where they had an exciting tunnel tour! It was cold and wet in the tunnels but everyone was thrilled to participate. They then enjoyed lunch just outside of the Kotel, where they learned about the history of this important site.
To make the chanichim’s first trip to the Kotel memorable, the madrichim planned a special way of introducing them to this holy site. The chanichim were led in a single file line, while blindfolded, right up near the Kotel. They were then un-blindfolded for their first view. It was an emotional and moving experience for many. The group was then given some time to reflect or pray and write notes to leave in the wall.
Chalutzim then headed to their hostel to prepare for Shabbat. The group had an amazing Kabbalat Shabbat service to welcome in the Sabbath, followed by a delicious and relaxing meal. Later after dinner, the madrichim organized a fun oneg activity, with tons of games!
Saturday morning, chanichim had the option of sleeping in or coming to breakfast. Next were Tfilot (prayers), with singalongs and the time to truly appreciate this day of rest. Some of the chanichim organized a parsha play, which was very interactive and involved breaking the group down into smaller groups for different discussions. Everyone enjoyed the activity immensely!
After Shabbat lunch, the group had some much needed free time to relax at the pool, or nap. Later in the afternoon, the madrichim set aside time for individual meetings with each of the chanichim to check in and also get to know each other better on an individual level.
When the group gathered back together, they had a peula (activity) about Jewish Identity. They played a game called “Beseder or Lo Beseder” (which basically means agree or disagree). Everyone was able to debate their thoughts on Jewish identity. This then led into an activity called “Jews in Space” where chanichim had to discuss what they would do to start a Jewish community on the moon! Everyone was eager to participate in the lively discussion.
Saturday evening after Havdalah, to welcome in the new week, Chalutzim participated in an exciting drum circle. This included drumming, singing, dancing, and costumes!
The chanichim had a bit of free time before heading off to bed to rest up for another busy week ahead!
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