July 9: 2:45

July 9, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

2:45??  Yes, 2:45am: the time we all awoke today to witness an event full of life, spirit, and beauty…the sunrise at Masada!  Last night our teens had the opportunity to experience the Bedouin culture, complete with camels, hospitality, and sleeping outside in a large tent.  We did some meditation under the stars (and WOW there were more than we’ve ever seen up north in Michigan), sang with the guitar, and roasted marshmallows on the big bonfire.  Bedtime was before 11pm since we had to wake up before 3am.  Some of us were a bit tired and cranky in the morning but after a great hike up the Snake Path, all of us convened on the top of the historical fortress.

After our climb and a much needed breakfast, we made our way to Arad to see the Machtesh Gadol, a beautiful crater in the Negev.  We then continued to the city of Yerucham where we had a home-cooked lunch in the residents’ houses and heard stories about their city.  Needless to say, we ate until we couldn’t eat anymore…It was a very good thing we headed to the kibbutz immediately after!

Tonight will be an early night at Kibbutz Meshabai Sadeh both to make up some sleep we missed last night and also in preparation for our active and fun filled day tomorrow in the Negev (did someone say snappelling?!).

Stay tuned for some great photos of our teens and their exploration of this beautiful country.

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