July 4: Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem!

July 4, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Good afternoon and Happy 4th of July to all of you back in America!

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The last two days in Israel have been absolutely amazing: making our own lunch in the woods, herding sheep, pool time, and today-TEL AVIV!  The day started out with breakfast at the hotel and a short drive to one of the most well known cities in Israel.  We toured Jaffa and Neve Zedek and then had a wonderful opportunity to go to Nachalat Binyamin and Shuk HaCarmel.  There, the teens had an opportunity to buy gifts and fresh produce for their beach time and Shabbat onegs.  After some fun in the sun, all buses headed to HaBima, where the yearly Tel Aviv Water Wars was being held!  This was the tenth year that this event happened and our teens participated with other Tel Aviv residents, cooling off themselves and others.  The buses were “fighting” against each other and I do believe that Bus Geffen came out on top!  (Though I imagine every bus will say they won!)

After Tel Aviv, we made our way back to Jerusalem to get ready for Shabbat.  Led by our Rabbis, the Shabbat Service was held outside in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the city of Bethleham, timed perfectly to watch the sun set.  This ceremony was a bit more formal: there was a chupah behind the Rabbis.  In addition to the beauty, this symbolizes the welcoming of the Shabbat Bride.  The teens saw a wedding held there last night so it was fitting to have services at the same place.

Tomorrow is our Shabbat and day of rest.  Please stay tuned for photos and updates throughout the week.

Quote of the Day:  “This was the first time spending my birthday in another country.  It was interesting to experience something Jewish (Tel Aviv and Jaffa) on a secular, American holiday like the 4th of July”.  -Birthday Boy Max Singer

May you all have a restful and peaceful Shabbat.

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