Israel: Final Day

Today was our final day in Jerusalem and for that reason we returned to the old city.

We started with a late wake-up and had breakfast together at 9. Then we headed out to have services in a beautiful park near our hotel. We prayed together, reflecting on this week’s Torah portion and the role that clothing plays in our lives (the inspiration was the priests clothing in this week’s portion). We also took a little time to play in one final Israeli playground.

After services we headed back to the old city. We went back to the Jewish quarter and students saw an excavation from the first Temple period as well as the Cardo, the heart of city at the time of the 2nd Temple period where much of the wares were sold. We then went to a beautiful rooftop overlooking the old city for one last Pita with chicken or falafel. Afterwards we visited a number of Christian sites. We visited the place where Jesus was killed and the room where he had his last supper. We also visited Dormition Abbey, the location where Mary was said to have died.

We followed that up with a few team building games while we waited in a local park for Shabbat to end. Cantor Josh, who is in Israel for his sabbatical joined us for Havdallah. Then we ate at an amazing restaurant called Joy that specializes in Kosher meat.

Students are now packing and preparing last minute things for the early flight tomorrow. We can’t wait to see you at JFK tomorrow!