I was given the incredible opportunity to go on a Taglit Birthright trip to Israel this Summer from May 25-June 5. If you are interested in learning more about Birthright and whether or not you’re eligible, follow the link above!
Forty of us, ages 18-22, hopped on a bus and began our journey through Israel. The first four days of the trip were concentrated on the Northern part of the country. Right after we landed at Ben Gurion airport we headed towards Caesarea which is a coastal town on the Mediterranean Sea that was built by Herod the Great around 25 BCE.
On our second day we were up bright and early to head towards the Old City of Tzfat which was one of my favorite places we visited. From a biblical perspective, Tzfat is said to have been founded by a son of Noah after the great flood.
We walked through the old city and visited some of the shops as well as one of the synagogues before having free time to roam the city on our own.
On our way back to our hostel for Shabbat services we stopped at an overlook that was actually closed to the public at the time but our tour guide was able to get us in. From the overlook we were able to see Israel’s border with Lebanon.
After that we went to Shabbat services and spent the next 24 hours getting to know our not so little mishpacha. After Shabbat was over we went to the coastal town of Nahariyya for a night out at local restaurants and bars.
In the morning on our fourth and final day in the northern part of Israel we headed for the train station to pick up eight Israeli soldiers that were going to become part of our group for the next five days of our trip!
Once our soldiers were on the bus we headed to Keshet Cave to go on a small hike with our new Israeli friends!
From the cave we headed further north to the Masgav Am kibbutz where we spoke to a man that lives there and heard his perspective on Israel’s “friendly neighbors” as he put it. From almost any spot on the kibbutz you could see the Mediterranean Sea, Lebanon, Israel and Syria.
After leaving the kibbutz we went rafting down the Jordan river and then loaded onto the bus, still slightly damp, to head back to our hostel.