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Last Day: Cardio at Masada

Dec 28, 2017
Mamas and Papas, 
 
It is your favorite family again. We are so sad this trip is coming to a close. Despite our seemingly eclectic group, interactions with other Birthright groups have shown us that we are 187% sure to be the best group Birthright has ever seen. (Double check those numbers, though.) Since we got off our El Al flight in Israel, we haven’t stopped laughing and having fun. 
 
Birthright Last BlogThis morning we woke up bright and chipper at 4:15 a.m. A solid 6 hours of sleep...maybe!! We “Ran” to the top of Masada to see the sunrise—probably the most cardio we have done this trip (besides the laughing, of course). 
 
After watching the pretty fuscias and yellows in the sky, we read your letters. [NC Hillel staff ask Birthright participants' parents to write letters to their children, to be distributed to them to read atop Masada. Parents reflect on a range of topics, encouraging students to remember their family at home, their connection to Israel and the Jewish people, and their family's history. It is an NC Hillel Birthright Israel tradition that many participants cite as a favorite memory.] In case we haven’t told you yet, we are all alive and well even though we haven’t had access to WiFi in 2 days (#StruggleBus).
 
We just finished some time at the Dead Sea and are heading to Tel Aviv. We ate probably our sixth or ninth schwarma and falafel. Maybe we needed that cardio... 
 
Tonight will be our last night out. We are excited for some fun AND we get to sleep in tomorrow!! (Any time after 4:15 is good with us...) 
 
It has been a tiring but worthwhile trip. We will see you so soon!!! I know it’s hard being away from your angel. We are loving the #IsraeliLife and don’t want to leave. 
 
Sending love from the Holy Land, 
The Mishpachas 
 
P.S. We are trying to recover from saying goodbye to our Israeli soldiers who have become part of our Mishpacha forever. 

Birthright Israel blog posts are written by individual students and may not represent the opinion or position of North Carolina Hillel.
It’s hump day!!! Just kidding, but we did ride camels today. 
 
We had a busy day exploring two deserts. It was interesting to see the differences in the landscapes. 
 
Before our nature adventures, we took a tour of Ran’s kibbutz. What an interesting place! The whole idea of a kibbutz is so different from anything we have in the United States. We heard stories of Ran’s “wild” life as the son of a kibbutz member - they used to have lobsters and pigs, how unkosher!
 
As we drove, we were all amazed with how different the landscape can be from one minute to another even in a small country like Israel. Next, we saw the place where David Ben-Gurion is buried. It is easy to imagine why he chose to be buried there. The scenery is unreal!(see family photo) 
 
Right now, we are sitting in our Bedouin tent oasis. A feast is awaiting us, as well as a walk in the desert to gaze at the 3,000 stars you can see out here where there are no cities. 
 
We love you all! 
The Dreidels (sivivon)
 
Sally Levin
Adam Eisenberg 
Marissa Fernandez
Brandon Carpenter 
Caroline Stray
Abby Truett
 
It’s hump day!!! Just kidding, but we did ride camels today. 
 
We had a busy day exploring two deserts. It was interesting to see the differences in the landscapes. 
 
Before our nature adventures, we took a tour of Ran’s kibbutz. What an interesting place! The whole idea of a kibbutz is so different from anything we have in the United States. We heard stories of Ran’s “wild” life as the son of a kibbutz member - they used to have lobsters and pigs, how unkosher!
 
As we drove, we were all amazed with how different the landscape can be from one minute to another even in a small country like Israel. Next, we saw the place where David Ben-Gurion is buried. It is easy to imagine why he chose to be buried there. The scenery is unreal!(see family photo) 
 
Right now, we are sitting in our Bedouin tent oasis. A feast is awaiting us, as well as a walk in the desert to gaze at the 3,000 stars you can see out here where there are no cities. 
 
We love you all! 
The Dreidels (sivivon)
 
Sally Levin
Adam Eisenberg 
Marissa Fernandez
Brandon Carpenter 
Caroline Stray
Abby Truett
 

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