Day 1

It's hard to write because we're so tired, but Rabbi Amanda is making us. Yesterday, we spent a very long plane ride eating junk food, watching movies, and taking selfies.

 

When we finally got off we started our first day without any rest. We started by leading tefillah on the beach, and Rabbi Amanda thinks we did a very good job.

After that, with our eyes barely open, we toured the city of Jafo.

The madrich also gave us chocolate milk in bags!

 

Next, we enjoyed our first pizur lunch together at various resturants.

 

We then went to a very interesting museum where we split into groups to experience a little taste of what it would be like to be blind or deaf. Now we're on the bus back to our hotel, and the general feeling is an intense yearning to be clean.

- Hannah and Marcia

After dinner, our new madrich, Uzi, led us in a few icebreakers. They were fun and we got to learn a little more about Uzi, Yaakov (our medic) and the other teachers: Ilene Mautner from Kellman Brown (NJ) and Klaris Jenkins from B'nai Shalom (NC) and of course ourselves. The Ezra students then met together on their own to share their first night welcome gifts and the letters the parents wrote to their child/ren. It was a special moment.

It was a great first day!

Rabbi Amanda and Mrs. Ravski

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Sounds like you had an exhausting but great day. Hope you are all getting a full night of sleep. Can't wait to hear about tomorrow.
-Mom and Dad Kleinstein