Asia, North America · 28 Days · 204 Moments · July 2017

Nicky's Adventures in Israel


1 August 2017

Day 30: We landed!!!! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Day 29: We are finally flying by Canada and have an hour and a half before getting to JFK. I am shocked that I slept for the majority of the flight. The flight has not been rough and I cannot wait to be home! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 29: and we are off!!! Please God keep this plane safe and let's make it home safe! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

31 July 2017

Day 29: Finally made it to the gate, C7! I am so excited to be going home. Israel was amazing and I will be back ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 29: After a long night we are finally on the bus to airport! Francisco is fine and will be going back to JKF with us. We are stopping for a bathroom break and then continuing to airport.
Day 28: Today we leave Israel...I am sad to leave but happy to be going home! I am super upset that Francisco is sick and wish him the best...I am going to stay positive and believe he will get better today so we can all travel back to New Jersey together :) I've had an amazing experience in Israel and loved every minute of it. I am def coming back to enjoy the country on vacation lol this was the most exhausting trip of my life, but it was totally worth it! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

30 July 2017

Day 27: I had the pleasure of meeting a man who lives in Hong Kong and is in Eilat on vacation with his family. He was super friendly and nice. He helped me find the washrooms! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 27: I did not go on the planned activities today. I had a little too much fun last night for my birthday lol I also just need to break. I am ready to go home and relax before my Europe adventure!!

29 July 2017

Day 27: My 200th post is dedicated to Dali form making my birthday so special! We have known each other for a short amount of time but feel like we been friends forever! I can't wait to continue our friendship in NJ and celebrate your bday as well! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 26: Fountain show.
Day 26: Today we say goodbye to Ronnie the best tour guide ever! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 26: Cruise on the Red Sea
Day 26: Cruise on the Red Sea.
Day 26: Salomone pillars.
Day 26: Our first stop on my bday is to Timna Park!
Day 26: I am officially 33 in both Israel and New Jersey!!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š
Day 26: it's my bday! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š

28 July 2017

Day 26: it's my bday in 10 minutes and I am so blessed and happy! Thank you Francisco, Dali, Alex, Noelle, Karina, Arielle, and Ronnie! This is going to be a great year! 33 here I come ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š
Day 25: Going out with Ronnie for his last day! ๐ŸŽ‰
Day 25: We made it to Eliot! Our hotel is beautiful :) We went for our first swim in the Red Sea!
Day 25: Makhteah Ramon. We learned the story about Ilan Ramon (1954-2003) He was one of seven crew members of the Colombia shuttle. He was from Israel and Jewish. We watched a movie about his life and mission. Next, we focused Makhteah Ramon which is like a creator but created naturally. We then focused on the different animals that live during the day and night in Makhteah Ramon. The next stop was a living museum of animals that are found in Makhteah. Our final film was again on how the creator was formed and more about animals. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 25: This moment is dedicated to cats in Israel. As a cat lover, it really upsets me to see cats on the streets lacking food and shelter. I learned that they euthanized dogs when they had a problem with over population. I think they should do the same with the cat population because these cats are suffering. Even though some are taken care by some people, it's not fair to these beautiful creatures to not have a happy and healthy life! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 25: Bedouin tent. The man that gave us a lecture was named Id. The lives with camels, sheep, and goats. They are shepherds and live in tents. They are Muslims and not Jewish. They will not move into houses. They are nomadic people and will not settle down in one place. The biggest problem they have is with the government and their demand for them to move into homes. The settlement of the Israel state did not affect them. There are two groups of Bedouins. They have been in the area for 1,700 years. In the army they are scouts and soldiers. He wants us to take back to our classrooms is to share the real or correct Bedouin culture. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 25: Riding a camel in Negev desert!
Day 25: David Ben-Gurian moved to the Negev a desert community. This man was the first Prime Minister of Israel. Kit Itzel is in Sde Boker (fields of rangers). He was a zionist. Allison.

27 July 2017

Day 24: Goodby Desert Irish Hotel! Bringing my bags to room and back to bus was so frustrating and hard! At least the hotel was cute and spacious. It always nice to bond with the rest of my colleagues who are starting to become friends! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 24: We made to our 4th hotel...Desert Iris Hotel!
Day 24: Quick stop at a place Lot's wife tuned into salt!
Day 24: Dead Sea. It was 120 degrees and the water was hot!
Day 24: We made it to Masada! We had lunch and went all the way up baby cable car.
Day 24: Ein Gety. We are walking to the oasis that David went in the Bible.
Day 24: Our first stop is at an Ancient Synagogue in Egeti. This synagogue had a beautiful mosaic that is still at the site. Archeologists are still excavating the site, but they are taking their time in order to not ruin the site. Ronnie is back and I am happy! I did like Shi but Ronnie is just another level tour guide!
Day 24:!Today we leave Jerusalem! Thank you for the great memories ๐Ÿ˜˜ I did enjoy staying at Prime King, the room was nice and close to all the best sites in Jerusalem. This was our third hotel and might be the best one so far. I am very excited to be going home soon, but I am also sad because this has been an amazing trip that I will never forget! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

26 July 2017

Day 23: We have people come perform that are both Jewish and Arabic that perform for peace. They played music and had interactive games. We created circles to read a story and discussed.
Day 23: Last stop is Memorial Mountain. It's the national cemetery. Important people and soldiers are buried here. We stopped at the grave of Isaac Robin who was the Prime Minster before being assisted by an Israeli Nationalist.
Day 23: Our last stop before heading to the hotel is stopping at the Holocaust Museum. Yadvashem Museum = Hand, Every man had a name 6 million ppl died. The entrance of the museum honors all the righteous among the nations ppl who helps Jewish ppl during the Holocaust. Schindler couple saved 2,000 Jews.
Day 23: Shopping in the shuck and doing Tapas in the market area. This was completed in a tour. We went to 4 different restaurants.
Day 23: Monastery for Greek Orthodox Christians
Day 23: Castle of the Jews. John baptized Jesus here. This land is half Israel's and Jordan's.
Day 23: Today we start our day at The Secret of Qumran. We walked in the desert to see the cave the goat and shepherd found the Dead Scrolls. Judaea Desert
Day 22: Berlin, Me llamo itzhak, tengo 26 Anos, naice aqui, mis padres came from Ethiopia but I was born here m, I am a student mathematics...the purpose of your life is to be better, better your life...life can be hard...when you past it l...it makes you better....lived in a hard neighborhood...they all want to drink and have fun but I wanted better...I made the decision of leaving it and better myself...I want to learn and have a profession and make money...and have a family... Israel is everything for me! 0507456770

25 July 2017

Day 22: Late night show of the history of Jerusalem on the Walls of King David's Tower/Castle.
Day 22: Archaeological excavation. We sifted through rubble from the 1st and 2nd temple era (3,000 years old). The archeologist was not very friendly.
Day 22: This was a graveyard. This 75 feet away from the city. Joseph's of Arinatea graveyard.
Day 22: Station 14: This is the grave of Jesus.
Day 22: Station 13: Here is where Jesus was oiled after he died.
Day 22: Station 12: Jesus human form died. Adam's scull is also in this Station.
Day 22: Station 11: where he was crucified.
Day 22: Station 10: Holy sepulcher. This is the place the remove his clothes and give it away. (Ripped garments) Golgota is mountain or hill. This is where he was crucified.
Day 22: Station 9: The third fall could happen between stations 7 to 9. The other stations have other things but 9 is just the fall.
Day 22: Stop 8: Jewish women are crying and Jesus stops to comfort them. Amen. There is no sign. He said things will get worse and to enjoy there lives.
Day 22: Stop 7: This were they use to exit the (old) city and the city gates. This is the third time he fell, but the Bible doesn't show it because it shows fragility. People still do not know where exactly it is.
Day 22: Stop 6: This Was the Stop when Veronica touched the bottom of his robe, she would be healed. She also cleaned his face. She also leaned on a pole because he touched it.
Day 22: Stop 5: This is the spot Jesus fell for the second time. He fell on the corner again. He was struggling and his Divine powers wanted to come out, but he knew he needed to be mortal during this horrible experience. This is the place a fellow Jew helped him carry the cross.
Day 22: some people believe he dropped the cross on this corner. Stop 4: This station is not in the Bible...Mary Madelin saw Jesus in Jerusalem. Mary tried to hold him on this station (touched his face) . This church is for Mary.
Day 22: We stopped on the path where Jesus dropped the cross the first time. We stopped at the church were people stood and said, "This is the man." Jesus walked through this arch were now they have a church. Stop 3: Is the path were Jesus dropped the cross on the Via Dolorosa.
Day 22: This is our first stop on the Via Dolorosa. This is now a chapel but in the past it was the place Jesus was condemn because he was saying he was the King of the Jews. Stop 1: Madras Stop 2: Crown of thorns This is a very sad tour. We are now walking in the path that Jesus walked with his cross. 16 feet under the current path. Muslim quarter.
Day 22: We just got to the site, which mostly Arabic and the professor/tour guide seemed to be nervous/scared.
Day 22: My ATM experience was horrible! Lord, help me with this spending. I am so lucky to have an amazing bf who loves me and is always here to help me when I make a oopsy! Lunch was great! I miss bacon cheese burger! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 22: Thy focus on dynamic assessments which are changes of tasks, interventions, and methods. They give a learner and activity or task and see what happened. Depending on how they complete the task they mediate/use interventions to help them learn. You must be exposed to new learning situation. Learners can be modified to learn. Learners need to be in a modified environment to learn. Special ed should be a bus stop and it a final destination. Low functioning learners will begin working on all three instruments in the standard LPAD. The basic task are geared for children. We discuss correct ways of mediation, structure tasks, and ... We then did graphic organizers to see what these students do while learning in this institute. We took a tour of the institute. We looked at the therapy rooms, classrooms, Rehab kitchen, treatment rooms and Rehab rooms for adults.
Day 22: He exposed the students to the Arts including music and dance. He felt you needed to teach the whole child by exposing them to as much experiences as possible. structural cognitive modifiability. He felt people could be changed in their cognitive structure by using interventions. He was an early activist of this movement. We are in a revolution in education due to neuroplasticity. Science is revolutionizing our knowledge of the brain, which is a very flexible organ in our body. 3 ways of overcoming in the educational world: (8-9 you will not be able to learn) Age onset, severity of injury (work for 2-3 years), and genetic and chromosomes. The three ways are: Task: activity (organize/structure and modified activity) Target: cognitive function Interaction: between learner and teacher... They work with children, young adults, adults, and the elderly who are low functioning from around the world.
Day 22: Our day begins with a visit to Feuerstein Institute. One of the founders of the institute was a holocaust surviver. The son is currently running the institute due to his father passing. They deal with psychological education in Israel. The presenters name was Louis Falik. We learned about the Feuerstein's methodology. We learned about professor's Feuerstein's background and his life. One of his mentors was Piaget. His research focused on students from southern France and Morocco camps who were waiting to come back to Israel after the holocaust. They first tried the newest theories in the 1950s. He felt that they had potential and just needed help. He felt that they lost so many people in the holocaust, we cannot lose one more. These students were just very low functioning. First, you need a need. This will give you the energy to fight for the change. LPAD is the assessment and .... These models are used with students and adults.

24 July 2017

Day 21: This is the last Judas bought after betraying Jesus!
Day 21: Late night walk in the Southern Wall.
Day 21: We made it to the Jewish Quarter.
Day 21: Pool of Shiloah which was in King David's palace. This tunnel leads to the market were Jesus flipped out that people were selling things in front of the temple. It was a lo lo!
Day 21: Tunnels underneath the City of David.
Day 21: We finally made it to old Jerusalem!
Day 21: We are going to the City of David. We are going to see his tomb and were the Last Super took place. As I stood on the place that the last super took place, my body felt weak and I felt his presence. It was crazy how I was in the room that Jesus sat and broke bread with his disciples. Thank you for this experience, I will not be the same again. Even though I felt rushed, I had a moment get no one will take away from me. Next we went to King David's tomb. When we entered his tomb, women and men needed to be separated. People there were reading the Torah and praying.
Day 21: We start our journey in the main museum of Jerusalem. Thus museum was inside and outside. This museum has things from all over the world. This is the biggest museum in Israel and top 10 museum in the world. It has been open for 52 years. Talia. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about her craft. We quickly got a taste of what the museum had to offer. This museum has more than one million artifacts.

23 July 2017

Day 20: Night out for Alex's bday!
Late night tea and krumpets!
Day 20: We stopped on our last stop, Gerald Halpert Lookout Point! Judeah dessert were David, Elish, Jesus and others went to this dessert.
Day 20: outlook. Temple mound is where Abraham almost sacrificed Isaac for Jewish. For the Muslims it was the place Abraham almost sacrificed Ishmael. We are on Mount Koupus.
Day 20: We stopped at the 9/11 Memorial. This tragedy still makes me super sad and I do not like reliving it, but glad we stopped here. It was beautiful that the Israeli people honored all the fallen in this senseless tragedy. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 20: We made it to Jerusalem! Even though it's been crazy in Jerusalem after the killing of the two Druz officer, I am still excited to finally be in Jerusalem. I know God will take care of us and keep us safe! Amen. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š
Day 20: We made it to our next kibbutz for lunch! Tzuba looks like a beautiful kibbutz but I found a label on my food so it was a wrap! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 20: it finally happened....
Day 20: She brings women from all over the world to learn from each other. They have the connection that is they are all women. As they get to know each other more they get into more personal topics. It's not about your background, we are all HUMANS! She feels like she lives in war in Israel. She wants to keep her community safe but talking and understanding each other. Her father taught her to be human. She began a peaceful protest to keep the peace between Arabic and Jewish people. We need to talk to each other! Her identity: I am Amna, mother, wife, community and a women making peace! She is making change for peace. We have innocent people who want to live in peace! Women can make change. Her advise to us was to hug our parents and tell them we love them! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 20: sad because of his decision. She shuts down about this decision and not being able to realize her dream. She gets into a car accident and the man just left, which for her even madder. She found her phone number and called him. She begins to have a phone relationship with the man that hit her car. She decides to meet the guy on a Saturday. In her coffee date ended she asked him to marry him. She gave him the wrong number but he called and said yes. She was looking for a partner or a husband. She became pregnant and left her job but got bored of being at home. She now has 3 sons. We are partners and you must respect women. Do not tell her what to do. Don't tell them they have to serve. Her layout is still a kitchen, to keep her traditions and connected the kitchen to a room by a covert. She calls her room a Social University. She brings women here to help and improve their lives. Her goal is for women to be healthy and independent.
Day 20: times. She helped 300 women learn how to drive. She wanted them to find jobs but they couldn't find jobs because they didn't speak Hebrew. She wanted her people to be equal to Jewish people. She went to school to be equal to Jewish people but it didn't work. At 28 she was old and still not married. In her culture you marry from 14-16 and now in Israel is 18. She starts teaching women how to fix cars. Her dad told her to speak about being human and not focus on things that will lead to conflict as religion and politics. Her job is to help Arabic and Jewish people to accept each other. Jewish and Arabic people worship the same God. Why are they fighting? You need to love, respect, and compromise because we are all human. Her father started getting questioned about her daughters career and choices she was making. She wanted to travel and her father said no. She still wants to travel but didn't want to hurt her father. She never traveled because her dad said no. She is still
Day 20: Women are told who to marry and move in with them. They children belong to the men not to the women. Men from Palestine were coming to Israel to marry Muslim Israeli women but now the government stopped that. This means families are being broken apart. Arabic men could marry anyone they want. The son will be like the father and can do whatever they want. Women must marry Muslim men and do not have that choice. She was offered a job working with Jewish women but she was nervous because she has never been around them. She began to question her identity due to this position. What made her take the job was her peace in her heart. She bought new clothes and looked completely different. Her mother freaked out because they are a traditional family. She worked and went to school and finally felt independent. She took an exam and interviews to work for a company that deals with improving women's rights. Women must tell their male counterpart exactly where they are going at all
Day 20: This is the site, Megiddo, where the final battle between God and Satan will take place! This is the site of Armageddon! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐ŸŽ‰
Day 20: We are heading towards the village of Chra a Muslim site. Her name is Amna (save) and she is talking to us about Muslim women in society. The current situation in Jerusalem has tours not wanting to come visit her home. She is sad about this but is happy we are here to learn about her culture and traditions. They have a different language, culture, and tradition from Jewish people. She told us she has peace in her heart. People read the Torah/Koran is read by man. Women do not have that option. She wants to change that in her own culture. Her parents have no light but they knew they wanted children. She is one of four girls and six boys. She comes from a poor family but she was a happy child. As a bigger women her mother could not afford to buy her clothes. Amna was bullied because of her clothing and her religion. She was not happy playing the role of women in her culture. Girls are a burden to family because they cannot help or provide for the family.
Day 20: 2 Samuel Chapter 1 versus 17. Bus ride we talked about King Salomone and King David
Day 20: Our first stop today is Brit Shaen we're you can fine a mosaic on the floor of an ancient synagogue. This mosaic was composed of zodiac signs. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐ŸŽ‰
Day 20: Today we say goodbye to Nazareth, I am starting to get sad that this beautiful journey is coming to an end. I miss Steven, my family, and friends, so I am happy to be going home! I have learned so much about myself during this trip and cannot wait share all the knowledge I have been gaining with my students and family. I am so happy I made the decision to come on this trip. I have met beautiful and kind people in this country, that need an advocate to share their experiences and feelings with the rest of the world. I came to Israel with a horrible image of this country. On day 20 of our adventure, I know that Israel is not a scary or that people are not mean. I am happy my mindset has changed in order to share this with my colleagues back home! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰

22 July 2017

Day 19: Last day in Nazareth and enjoying our favorite Asian food! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 19: Shopping in old Nazareth in the famous Arabic market! It was nice to be around locals and learn about their culture as we shop! I was lucky to have a great shopping partner ๐Ÿ˜˜ THANK YOU KARINA! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 19: We are in Lower Nazareth in the Greek section. Here is were Mary was told by Gabriel that she was pregnant. We are in the Spring of Nazareth. John 1 verse 46. We stopped at a Synagogue Church, Mosque, and the Church were Mary lived. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š
Day 19: We made it to the Wedding church. John Chapter 3 verse 1. This verse talks about when Jesus changed water to wine! YES ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š
Day 19: Today I get to get baptized in the Sea of Galilee, the same Sea Jesus was baptized! I've already been baptized when I was 13 but I am doing this as a cleansing/reaffirming of my faith. I have left him for years but I am ready to come back to the fold. I am not scared anymore! I am a GAY Christian who loves God with all my heart and will continue to be a proud CHRISTIAN for the rest of my life! This trip has made me seen that I will never deny being a Christian but see how I need to step up my game. Thank you God for always forgiving me and allowing me to become the person I am now! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰

21 July 2017

Day 18: We stopped to collect the water and rocks from the Sea of Galilee!
Day 18: 1st kibbutz established in Israel for lunch! We were not able to get baptized because it closes at 3 p.m. I ate my first fish that is from the Galilee river that Peter also ate!
Day 18: Betiha nature reserve! We walked through a stream for 45 minutes! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 18: We made it to Caprinum! This is the town of Jesus. This site has a church and a synagogue. Jesus gave tons of speeches in this are. He spent the last three years of his life in this area. It was crazy to be in the place Jesus spent his final years. It was very cool to see a church built on top of Peter's home. It was beautiful and moving. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 18: Out next stop is the Church of Heptapegon a beautiful church! The church was built in the beginning of the 20th century but they build it to resemble the Byzantine era. Mathew Chapter 14 verse 14. We are in the place that Jesus multiplied loaf and fish! Tabgha is a misspelled seven. As I sat in the church and prayed, I felt your presence, I felt like I was talking to you, thank you! I remember this story when I was in Sunday school and being here is just unreal. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 18: We finally made it to Christian sites and my heart is overjoyed with excitement for what I am about to see! โค๏ธ We made it to the Monastery of Franciscan Miss Sisters of I.H.M. In the bus we read Mathew 17 verses 1-9, Mathew 5 versus ?, and others... The church size does not matter, we are already in the holy land! The alter is the state of Israel. This church has 8 sides, which are the 8 blessings he gave his people during his speech. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

20 July 2017

Day 17: Sushi dinner was EVERYTHING!๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
As we drive back to our hotel, I have to remind myself to keep a smile on my face and not let anyone get to me. We are finally heading towards the days I've been waiting for and I am not going to allow anyone or anything to get to me during my journey of self reflection and growth. I am here for myself and I know I have family and friend who love me! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 17: Jordan river kayaking! This was interesting, fun, and hard! Francisco and I did our best to row but it was just not working lol We came second to last but we shared a great hour together! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 17: We are in Mt. Bental Lookout. We finally got to the Israel and Syria boarder! This was an interesting place because it is also a post for the UN. They are there to keep an eye on both countries to make sure they are not breaking the rules set by them. I found it funny that this location is Israel, buts it's technically Syria...so I've been to Syria!! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 17: We are in Golan heights going on a hike on this beautiful country. This was a very cute walk around trees and water. We learned about the demi-god Pan and what he is known for. We stopped at a steam that was super cute and had cold water. It is very serene and beautiful.๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

19 July 2017

Day 16: We stopped at Hula Garden Reserve, who's had is between two plate tectonics to see how they plant their corn and channels they constructed. The majority of the corn goes to feed cows with a small percentage sold to people. The temperature officially reached higher than 100 degrees...It was hot, but it's okay because I am in the Middle East! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰
Day 16: We stopped at a kibbutz to buy Israeli shoes! Super excited because I love the type of shoes I bought! Yay ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 16: We stopped at Hostelling International for lunch! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 16: My 100th moment is dedicated to the best roommate, I am lucky to have during this life changing trip, Francisco! He has been a great person to share this experience with during this remarkable adventure. I was so nervous about having a roommate once more, that I did not know, but together we have been enjoying each other's company and understand the importance of making being roommates work. Now that we are more than half way through this trip, I am happy to call him a friend. I cannot wait to see what the rest of the trip has for us and the rest of our colleagues. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 16: We had a quick stop at Joseph Trumpulter Trumpeldore memorial to learn about the location. This site is a memorial to man who was very proud to be a soldier. He lost his arm and went back to war and then was captured by the Japanese. He became the leader of the captured soldiers and gained respect from the emperor of Japan who gifted him a prosthetic arm. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 16: Our next stop is the Manara Cliff and can see the Hula Valley. We took cable cars to come down from the top of the hill. It was scary but happy I did it. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 16: Today we are at the HaReut Museum, which was a police station and a very important building in Israel's War of Independence. This museum was very sad. These 28 little boys who lost their lives in a immature and useless plan breaks my heart. I commend them for giving up their lives for their state and the good of ALL Israeli. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑโค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰
Day 16: Today we say goodbye to Nahariya! Thank you for the great memories and experiences that I will never forget! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

18 July 2017

Day 15: Lecture from Dr. Randa Abbas from Western Galilee College. Her lectures focused on how Arabic women are treated and seen in her culture. As a Druze woman she focused on her culture but kept it general to ALL Arabic women in Israel.
Day 15: We made it to one of the four holiest cities in Israel, Zefat. We walked around the city stopping in water reservoir, ancient synagogue, Kabbalah Art, shopping, and sight seeing the beautiful buildings and streets of Zefat. It was such an amazing experience walking on the streets the ancient people walked on was surreal.
Lunch was good and healthy. I would of liked a little protein with my lunch but what can you do!
Day 15: Mount Meron on our second hike of the day! Scientists come here to check the temperature and see if global warming is continuing to hurt our environment.
Day 15: Sasa, House of Buza, Gila is our tour guide of the ice cream factory, she is the production manager. They wanted to preserve the way they make their ice cream was important. They want to us high quality ingredients, the formula must always be correct, and freshness which leads to always satisfying the customer.
Day 15: We started our day by going to the Adamit park, which is near the Lebanon boarder. Roni is very knowledge and knows his Israeli culture and conflict with Lebanon. This trail was beautiful and scary! We walked along the cliff and were able to take beauty pictures of the scenery. We were once again very close to Lebanon! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

17 July 2017

Day 14: Literacy Project in an Akko Schools by Dr. Vakin-Nusbaum. We focused on a literacy project for poor readers. Akko is bilingual due to the demographics of the city. Dual language schools are private. Most are all Hebrew or all Arabic. The project focused on 2 Arabic schools and 3 Hebrew schools in Akko. This was such an interesting lecture about what Dr. Vakin-Nusbaum and her students are doing to help poor readers in Hebrew and Arabic schools. Her research was positive and gives me hope that I can help my students become better readers. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 14: We went to Rashbi cave in a small town. The rabbi hid with his son in this cave for 12 years only eating the fruit from the tree. Then we walked around the village and visited a synagogue. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 14: Industrial Park promotes peace! Stef W. CEO of Isgar Company. 6 Industrial parks (refin), including incubators for new entrepreneurs. It was nice to see the different tools and create cubes like scientists! The old cars looked beautiful and the soaps smell super nice :)๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 14: Oar was a nice guy who sold me the shofar....so happy to find a shofar...๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 14: Today was the last day of Hebrew. It was bittersweet because I came into learning Hebrew optimistic but felt the lack of knowledge of the tel instructors when it came to teaching style ruined my experience. I do believe I could learn Hebrew, if I did it for a normal amount of time they do here in the Ulpan, which is 5 months. I do want to look into taking a course back home if it's free! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

16 July 2017

Day 13: Ask Brian about convo he has with the army teens. Word from experience: loyalty, family, compassionate, understading
Day 13: cigarette. High school students helped build Ben's Way. For a bau mitzva the project the community did was help create Ben's Way. Ben loved nature so they made sure that Ben's Way has nature in it. Before this memorial, you could not reach the nature of this place. The community joined as one to help accomplish this and transformed this location into a nature welcoming environment. This place invites you to think and mediate about your life. Ben past away on the day similar to Valentine's Day. An Arabic man, build a sink for Ben's Way. The mother asks why he would do this for a Jewish solder, he responded, he saw Ben's picture and his eye called him to contribute to the memorial. His nickname was the compass by his solider friends. Having an Arab help with the memorial closed the loop of Ben's life. His life connected both worlds the Jewish and the Arabic. It's all about being human beings and it's about the heart. They added a stage because Ben loved music. The memorial
Day 13: Israel. 8-9-2016 a rocket hits a house 4 1/2 kilometers from boarder. 5 soldiers were killed and others wounded. After the shock, the soldiers who were not injured helped evacuate others but another missile hit and killed 3 more. The evacuation took 3 hours and 300 kilometers before the boarder Ben died from his wounds. 9 soldiers were killed in his attack. In Israel they put stones on graves to show that you came and remember the fallen. Ben was a giver, thus his family and friends wanted to have a place that would give back to the community he loved. The trees here give fruits and it's for everyone in the community. His memorial is giving back to the community. A scientist from Israel decided to build a sun dial in honor of Ben. He worked together with the children of the community. He mosaic plate was build by children and mothers of the community. Ben loved nature, he use to collect cigarette buds because they are really bad for the soil. Even in Lebanon he would collect
Day 13: suicide bombers in Israel. They were hitting all the major cities. He has to go into houses to see if there were terrorists. Ben use to enter homes with candy in order to not scare them. He was a gentle soul but had to do his duty and serve his country, his conscience killed them. Once his term was over he decided to travel and went to India, Spain, United States, Mongolia, Italy, Germany, Poland, China, and France in 3 years. During his travels he became spiritual and wrote a journal. I keep going my way which is what I believe in and fulfill my dream to be happy. He was an escort who brought Israeli people around the world. After this he decided to go to an Israeli trail on horse but the war started. 10 to 20 times a day people in his village he has to run to bomb shelter. The mother had mother intuition that her son would not come back if her went to the war. She told him to go to Italy with his sister. He told her no, we fight for our home, our family, our friends and for
Day 13: 1970s there were not enough settlements in North Galilee. The government decided to bring Jewish people to Galilee in the 70s. The idea was to make settlements on the top of the mountains and control the area. 1986 Koraniet was established with 12 young families with an idealistic lifestyle. 1981 2 daughter and his son Ben. His childhood was free and full of love and nature. He has passion for nature, people,and community. July 2016 2nd Lebanon war he enlisted in the reserve and did not come back. In August 2016 he was killed. He died for his country. His mom seemed very somber but wants to share his story. We cannot forget his memory! They established this place...Ben's Way. It's a way of waking or a path. People connect with his choices in life and people can identify with him. There are different types of military people with different roles. Some army members combat more than others. Ben was in the front line combat member. From 2000 to 2003 there were a lot of
Day 13: As we mark the half way point of our trip, I am feeing mixed emotions about my experience and missing home. This is the longest time I have been alone from my family and the love of my life. Yet, on the other hand, I am having the time of my life! I am in the Middle East in the Holy land of Israel with complete strangers from all over New Jersey. We have the bond of being educators but their is still an emptiness in my heart, but feel once we reach Christian sites this emptiness will be filled. In my heart I know that each one of these individuals have touched my life in one way or another in the short time we have been together! So thank you (no particular order but roomies is obviously first) Francisco, Dali, Karina, Alex, Chichi, Caitlyn, Arielle, Noel, Brian, Kevin, and Mercedes!
Day 13: Dali: Kishor Kibbutz/winery was particularly emotional for me because I have family members and friends with special needs. I have seen their parent's struggles in getting them quality education and living facilities yet it is so difficult and expensive to come by in the states. It's very frustrating. At the same time, I was overjoyed by the fact that this beautiful community exists here and can give special needs people skills, a sense of worth, and a home. It was both happy and sad for me...
Day 13: Are in the frontline of kibbutz. This community is a support system to there members. They will never be alone. They celebrate all holidays in traditional kibbutz style. They want them to have high self esteem and be proud of their accomplishments. 160 members that have a reason to get up in the morning. The winery is kosher because the guy who picks grapes is blessed. He is blessed by a certified rabbi. Night activists for the members. 18 volunteer before they enlist in the army. Everyday they can leave and travel. They are off Thursday to Friday. They can visit family once a month. 24 younger students oldest 67. They pay to move in and have 5 year wait list. 20 years of the community. 11 years winery opened during Lebanon war. Word of experience: inclusion, environment, Life skills, Community learning, buzz word with special education/bilingual Wines: Viognier (white), GSM (Red), Syrah (Red), Savant Red,
Day 13: 175 adults with disability, winery, organic produce, it's a kibbutz, Yair was our tour guide. Kibbutz members are the name of people who live here. Kishor wine...hope for life with adults with needs, live together and separate. Provide gainful employment for this members. Liran, an egg collector seemed to be happy doing his job. They have the largest organic goat farm, 900 goats. The professional work environment offers them the opportunity to give members a dignified job like everyone else. CEO, wanted to have markets that allow people with diverse needs to opportunity to work and feel normal. They have a kennel that helps animals and the members. The kennel have woks many awards, which lifts the lives of the members. They are competing with regular people allowing them to feel like everyone else. They gain responsibility and work ethic. They give them a purpose for their lives. The vineyard is the main connection to the land. It reflects their mission that there members
Day 13: you should always plant dreams in your students heads even if they are strong or weak. You have to put a seed of a dream in all students. She wants us to focus on our positive experience and not negative! Questions: They create graves along the way. The Jews came to Ethiopia after the destruction of the first temple, there were 12 tribes, Jews stated migrating..10 were forced to leave...the Ethiopian Jews come from tribe of Benjamin and Dan and later tribe of Juda. They went via Egypt. They say that in Egypt that not all Jews left with Moses. These Jews continued to Yemen and other went to Ethiopia. Word of the experience: perseverance!
Day 13: return to Israel. We are here to tell the Zionism is not racism. We are here because we are an inseparable part of this nation. They walked to Israel and many died. Walked at night and sleeping during the day. The dream was to make it to Israel. They walked because israel was not rushing to help the community. You don't have to send a plane...we will do it walking! 400 miles they walked, they had a dream that they will live in Jerusalem with the rest of the Jews in peace and no one will call them falashia (invader). Many people died along the way, her 2 younger sister, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and friends died on the way to Israel. On this path, 4300 people died on their way to Israel. Why are waking up on this walk? It's because it's the big dream that makes her wake up! You should always have a small dream in your heart (mother). It's a big house, head should be up, proud, and your feel should stand solid on the floor. When your going to march you should be proud.
Day 13: Jews. No one believed him! This very strong, small community, had one dream which was to make it to Israel. They believed it will happen...the answer was it will happen! 250 years they lived in Ethiopia, until they moved to Israel. The government aloud the Ethiopian to move back to Israel but they didn't get the notice of return. The white Jews couldn't believe it because they do not have black Jews. It's like child was born that was ugly and you has to hide it was he way they treated the Ethiopian Jews. They didn't take it personal and still believed they were going to israel. In 1948 the Palestine people were told to leave. 1973 UN Zionism was form of racism. A rabbi Joseph, he declared that Ethiopian Jews, from the house of Israel, kosher Jews, and they must be brought to Israel. Yoney used othe examples about racism including African Americans and Muslims. They were saying Israeli are racist. The world will see that israel is not racist once they allow the Ethiopians to
Day 13: Israel. 140,000 Ethiopia Jews in Israel. They are all over the land. There are some centers that have groups of Ethiopian Jews. They are located all over Israel and of course Jerusalem. They were going to Jerusalem not Israel. The land of Israel is one big Jerusalem. The stories of Ethiopian Jews are made up of heroes. The community chose to keep Jewish identity within their villages. Therefore, where did this community come from, the white Jew, they came with a camera because they didn't understand how they were Jews. These villages were poor, they are still using ancient instruments. The villages were really poor with children with no shoes, no good, and others. The white Jews wrote, there are blacks in Ethiopia that call themselves Jews and call themselves the house of israel. They behave the way the Jews acted before the distraction of the first temple. The village is very closed. The professor was a Jew from Europe, France, he is the one that annoyed that there were black
Day13: gluten free, rich in iron and Calcium with other minerals and amino acids. This seed can be used to make any food. The seed is called tef. This flower does not need flour to rise. She has given us different types of bread using the tef seed. 80 percent of sum-sum comes from Ethiopia(tahini) and 20 percent from India. The hut we were in are typical in small villages. There are Christian in Ethiopia but they are different from what consider Christianity. The good we ate today was spicy and delicious! I noticed my fellow colleagues could not handle the hotness of the spices. Yoney told us she didn't even use half of the spicy species she regularly uses. Come children come children we will play, we shall play because we are children, the more we will play when we are children, we will stay children when we are adult...young children sing this...Harry language... I came to israel because this is her home. I came here because I am a Jew. There are many Ethiopian Jews that came to
Day 13: English, Hebrew, and Arabic. Education is not important it's more important to be an elder. Older person has life experience and it's only HIM. This elder knows how to lead the young generation. Priority is on the men not women. Women will walk behind men. Men can have multiple wives depending on how much money you make/ social economic status. The mother decides the structure of the family, how the children will grow, what they will do, she is the boss of the house, but the father gets the accolades not the mother. Cutting the bread is important for Ethiopian culture. The oldest one holds bread on right hand and holds blood vein because he ego is there and softens it. The one that receives it receives it with 2 hands. What ever you give is always received in 2 hands. You learn how to take and give. When you get older the hands change. Left receive and right give. Traditional food: spicy food, it's healthy food, World Heath Organization found a grain in Ethiopia that is
Day 13:Today we had the opportunity to visit kibbutz Ervon and meet Yoney, an Ethiopian Jew who's ancestors took part in operation Moses. This operation helped Ethiopian Jews leave Africa and migrate to Israel. This kibbutz is a real community we're there is no privacy, everything is everyone's. Honey, said she did not want her picture taken because she was ugly...was this because of her skin color? One son is in the army and her daughter will be leaving in two months to army. She came here when she was 8. She loves her life, this is her house, she loves kibbutz. When you come to an Ethiopian house and before talking you first always drink coffee. Coffee solves all problems. Kefa is a village from Ethiopia who was discovered by a 12 year old boy. Smell of coffee gives you good karma. With coffee you also give something to eat because it's customary. The oldest person cuts the bread. Yoney was an elementary school teacher. Ethiopia has 84 languages. She knows 2 Ethiopian languages.

15 July 2017

Day 12: Today we had our second Hebrew lesson with our new instructor. She brings a new vibe into the group, but unfortunately I had to leave early and go to the doctor. My fingers have been hurting and look like I have a rash. I found out I have eczema due to the heat. It first occurred when I was in Cuba and I didn't think anything about it but in Israel the heat is intense and my symptoms are outrages. It has been a struggle but I am not letting this ruin my trip! Today we finally had a day off and I just slept! I needed to rest because this trip is very intense. 10 of us went to dinner and it was nice to just enjoy each other's company.๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

14 July 2017

Day 11: Today was our first Hebrew lesson in Nahariyah! I am excited to have a different instructor and feel optimistic about learning the language. At kibbutz for lunch and presentation. The presenter is a Yemen Jew who loves her culture. She had an internal conflict with her old culture and her current environment in Israel. She shared he routines, dances, food, and love for her culture and people. It was obvious how much she loved sharing her story during our time together. She has a smile the entire time we were together! It made me feel welcome and happy to be there with her. I wanted to learn more in order to share her culture with my students. We gave us the opportunity to learn her traditional dances and showed us how they eat. This was the experience I was waiting for, an authentic connection with another persons culture in Israel. ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

13 July 2017

Day 10: We had a great opportunity to visit a small winery in a kibitzers with a gentlemen who truly loves wine. He is a painter and wine maker who rents a space in a kibutze. He was a great host and gave us a taste of his wines; which were delicious! I bought two bottles and hoping to share them with my parents. I feel that the majority of the people we have interacted are so nice and willing to teach us about their culture. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 10: We ended our day by going to the Lebanon and Israel boarder. We could not get close enough due to Israeli military presence and the potential for danger being so close to the boarder. It was cool to be so close to the boarder, yet so far! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 10: We made it to Rosh Hanikra, Sneal caves. This honestly was an amazing experience. We all know that water and rocks have a symbiotic relationship that occurs over millions of years. Albert Einstein put it best saying, "look deep into nature, and then you will understand better." It was crazy to see what the sea had done to the rocks/stone over the years and how it had transformed it into a beautiful cave system. It was honestly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 10: The children museum was so touching, I need to share more pictures from this heartbreaking exhibit. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 10: The Ghetto Fighters' House Museum with our tour guide Edan. This museum was started by holocaust survivors who are part of a kibbutz, which is the only one in the world, Hagetaot kibbutz. Edan was very passionate about telling us about the holocaust. This museum was started by holocaust survivors from the kibbutz. He explained to us how concentration camps started and shared different artifacts from holocaust survivors. It was a very emotional and touching tour that made me feel sad that humanity allowed this horrendous experience to happen. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑโค๏ธ
Day 10: As a Christian, I am excited to visit different churches. We visited Stella Maris Monastery, which is a beautiful church with amazing art work on the walls and ceiling. I made sure to write my prayer on the book in the church. I wrote: Thank you Lord for this great experience! Please continue to take care of the Lee-Castaneda family. Please help Steven and I become closer and start OUR family! ๐Ÿ˜ŠThanks for always loving me and supporting me! Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me Fortaleza! ๐Ÿ˜Š Love, Nicky Lee-Castaneda NJ USA/Guatemala
Day 10: Dan Carmel Bajie gardens....They believe that Science and religion work together and do not contradict each other! Peace, Unity, and equality are there principles. Dan Carmel gardens is a place all bajie must come for pilgrimage. It holds the grave of their first teacher. God has an eternal truth and their teachers help to spread this message. Their holiest book is called The Holiest book. The Bajie is a passive religion. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 10: The museum had an excellent Children monument/exhibit. This was a very hard experience for me because it deals with children the ages I teach. I cannot believe this actually happened. These children did not have the opportunity to grow as humans and were killed for no reason. I loved the way they created the exhibit and didn't show pictures of death or destruction but celebrated their life! I was really touched and it made me realize that I must continue teaching the holocaust in order to keep the memory of those innocent people who were killed for no reason. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

12 July 2017

Day 9: we are in Akko...
Day 9: Lecture from ..... first Druz female to receive her PhD!
Day 9: More pictures of Western Galilee College tour including view of Galil gallery by Hagar Bril.
Day 9: Tour of Western Galilee College!
Day 9: Made it to Western Galilee College to hear a presentation from Ronam Yatzhire. The presentation covered the Arab Spring, focusing on what it is and what were the results. The preachers of mosques would encourage their people and called them to take part in the protests against the rulers. Israel is not the source of Arab countries. The word, "Israel" is not used in any demonstration in the Arab world.

11 July 2017

Day 8: Finally made it to our next hotel in Nahariya!
Day 8: Grub = Sunshine, Dre people Come from Lebanon, we all celebrate, luzfiya... green nature red earth yellow sun and power blue sky and water white purity and belief... being born again is not a big deal...Grub was a very nice and caring person that allowed us to learn about her culture with a huge smile! It was nice to learn about a completely different religion than mine.
Day 8: Going to walk inside a tunnel and see....Alona Park...Oak trees... wine and food vineyards...three water systems..natural,modern, and ancient....Roman Byzantine aqueduct...water goes to Cesearea...
Day 8: Finally ate and fill full at the Sdotyam Kibbutz (Cesarea)!
Day 8: We are leaving Tel Aviv and heading to Cesaria.

10 July 2017

Day 7: and more caves!
Day 7: Caves!
Day 7: Malka our tour guide...The Maze cave and the Necropolis cave...Even though it was scary, I had Fran Javier to help me stay calm as we navigated through the ancient underground caves Beit Guvrin and Avshalom cave, which dates back 2,300 years ago!
Day 7: More pictures from Igadun and stop to net by mall
Day 7: Igudan. Liat.
Day 7: Dr. Lakish shared with us what they do here in Davidson Institute of Science in Education. This facility works with teachers, students, and general public. They want to teach the general public the importance of Science to the world. The institute works with both gifted and underrepresented students in Israel. They want to deal with the internal issues all countries have that poor students do not get the same opportunities as rich students. The mission of this institute is help teachers understand how to teach Science. This institute only focus on middle and high school students. The key is to make students curious! Making Science interactive and fun, students will be more engaged and want to learn! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 7: Name gave such a great greeting to introduce us to the W. Institute! This made me realize how important Science is and it needs to be taught in your schools. We are lacking teaching such an important content area in our schools in the United States. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 7: Last day working with Chajit! She was an instructor that made me analyze the way I teach. You must put the student first and rearrange your expectations so your class can learn. Hebrew is a very difficult language in my opinion but...Ami lo med ivrit be ulpan!๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

9 July 2017

Day 6: Ehab was gracious enough to invite us to his house for dinner! It was exciting to see how the culture and traditions of Muslim people. ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 6: More pictures of the kindergarten dual language school in Jaffa! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 6: Learning about a dual language kindergarten school started by Ehab. These children learn both Hebrew and Arabic! It's not a school but a home and they are a community. This school feels like a home and makes me miss my students. Ehab has a very powerful back story about why he started this school. I love the way everything that is used in the classroom is made by the children. They do not use plastic and take pride in their, "home." His journey makes it clear that we can always find peace! Love is Love is Love is Love! There is no path to love but love is the path! Okay Jewish and Muslims can become a family :) โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 6: I was humbled by how one man with an idea of peace and belief in his religion he was able to open a school for ALL children. Ehab understands that it doesn't matter if you are Muslim, Arabic, or Christian, fear is learned and not ingrained in us! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 6: The Israeli Education System presentation from Dr. Horowitz! The flexibility principals have in Israel would be very beneficial in NJ. Elementary school teachers here have to specialize in one subject and then can also do homeroom. You teach hourly depending on where you are located. Dr. Horowitz was very blunt and am open book!๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 6: Enjoyed a traditional Israeli lunch! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š
Day 6: Instructor Chagit needs to understand that we only have her for five days and learning Hebrew is hard. Ended our third Hebrew lesson and the groups energy went from high to low. I have to remember that learning a new language this quickly is nearly impossible. I love how the group at least understands this and will continue to enjoy our trip! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 6: Feeling amazing after a great night sleep and napping during my day off! I am feeling refreshed and ready to own the day! Third Hebrew lesson underway and hopefully more will sink in! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

8 July 2017

Day 5: I love how the Israeli government compromised and kept older buildings by attaching new ones to them! It is brilliant to see that around the city! I had a great time spending my first day off enjoying Tel Aviv! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 5: I cannot stop smiling! This experience has been life changing and it's only beginning! I cannot wait to see what this trip has to offer! ๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 5: One of our stops was this amazing mosaic! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 5: White City tour with a very charming tour guide! She was friendly and explained so much during the tour. Even though it was super hot, it was worth waking up early on my day off! ๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 4/5:Leaving the club at 5:15am and going to the Mediterranean Sea to see the sunrise is...EVERYTHING!!! The beach is beautiful and who wouldn't want to go into the Sea at 5:30am, You only live once and we're in Israel! ๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 4: Ending the night at a strange bar, but do not regret the experience! When you are with amazing people, you make the best of an uncomfortable situation! The locals here are very friendly! They do not mind if you butcher Hebrew because they know you are trying. I am happy the majority of them speak English! ๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š
Day 4: Night out with the gang! It was great interacting with locals and hearing so much English and Spanish music! Nicky Jam was a treat to hear at the bar twice! I met my first Latino Jew and had truthful conversations with people about Israel! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

7 July 2017

Day 4: It was beautiful to spend Chabbat with Eran, the CEO of the bus company we are using during our time here. It was a treat to see their rituals and ALL of the different foods they eat! This will be one of my top memories of Israel. The people here are friendly, loving, and want you to love their beloved Israel! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 4: Eating some authentic cuisine by the Mediterranean Sea! ๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 4: We finally made it to a school to learn about how Israeli educators build curriculum for gifted students. Oelia and Dr. Segev gave us a fun and interactive presentation. Their teaching methods are ones we need to implement for ALL students in order to teach the whole child! ๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 3: We are all different people and have our own opinions and personalities. It takes a special kind of person to acknowledge their feelings and the feelings of others..We all need to speak our truth! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 3: Israel has no issues with bathroom rights! Men and women go to the same one :) Yessss or Kennnn ๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

6 July 2017

Day 3: Best bar crawl ever! I didn't think I would ever say I did a bar crawl in Israel! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐ŸŽ‰
Day 3: After a long day of learning, we deserved a night out! Old Jaffa was amazing and fun! It was great to see both Jewish and Arabic people living in harmony! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰
Day 3: Ron our tour guide was very friendly and funny! I found it very interesting learning about the restored Templar settlement. Even though I was super tired, I did learn a lot from him! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 3: The exhibit on Chim (David Seymour) was very powerful and beautiful. His photographs show raw feelings and really transported me to those moments he shared. He died doing what he loved and that is very commendable! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 3: I really enjoyed the exhibit on Bob Dylan! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 3: Diaspora Museum is a very eclectic museum with amazing exhibits that show the diversity of Jewish people. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 3: Very busy and educational day at Tel Aviv University and The Museum of Jewish People in Tel Aviv (Diaspora Museum)! Daisy was a wonder tour guide, she was friendly and knowledgeable of her craft! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 3: Second day of Hebrew lessons! I now know how to write my name in Hebrew!!! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

5 July 2017

Day 2: Last stop of the day was a great presentation from Guy Levi (Chief Innovation Officer) on his role working for the Center of Educational Technology! He was very passionate about making online and offline materials for Israeli children. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 2: Graffiti outside of the museum! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š
Day 2: I am in love with this culture! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 2: Our tour guide was amazing! She was very knowledgeable and you could tell how proud she was about her rich history. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 2: Tel Aviv Museum of Art! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š
Day 2: Break time! Learning Hebrew is going to be super difficult! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑโค๏ธ
Day 2: First day of Hebrew classes in our local Ulpan! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

4 July 2017

Day 1: First night out with some of my colleagues! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 1: Driving to Grand Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
Day 1: Finally made it to Israel! I have been so nervous and scared to come but once I stepped foot in the airport all of those negative feelings faded away! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ