July 11: Shabbat Shalom from Eilat

July 11, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Shabbat Shalom to you all.

First, both the staff and teens of TM14 would like to extend a very big thank you for those who attended the meeting yesterday.  Your support and trust means more than you know to everyone here on the ground.  In spite what is happening in our country, the teens had an amazing day today full of hiking and snorkeling in Eilat.  We asked several of the teens to reflect on their experience and for today’s words I would like to share the thoughts of Shelby Wolok.

“Hello.  My name is Shelby Wolok.  This is my first time in Israel and I did not expect it to be as great of an experience as it already has been.  There have been many challenges on this trip so far that have forced us to strive and accomplish things we have never done before.  One challenge I would like to talk about is hiking Masada.  This hike was “the struggle” of all struggles.  Waking up at 2:45 in the morning, no one expected any benefits out of the hike.  Although as a team, we came together and began the hike.  This hike was tiring and very exhausting for most of us.  As a team we all helped push each other and encouraged those struggling that they could make it to the top.  It was easy to see that our group of hikers was almost like a family.”

Every day we see the teens become closer to each other, as well as learn something new about themselves.  Tonight, as Shabbat begins, we reflect on our week and pray for those who are experiencing turmoil and fear.  We send our love to everyone at home and wish you nothing but a peaceful and restful weekend.

Shabbat Shalom.

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