We landed at 3 pm Israel time and took a long bus ride to Kibbutz Manera, where we will stay for the next three days. We had a quick dinner and went to bed early so we could get ready for the activities of the next day.
In the morning, after breakfast, we went to Kibbutz Harduf, an inclusive farming community that includes people with special needs. Harduf is also Israel’s largest producer of organic agricultural products. We fed cows and chickens and enjoyed the scenery and a peaceful fountain.
We then took a bus ride to Safed (aka Tzfat), the birthplace of Jewish mysticism, and toured the city, including a visit to a historic synagogue and an art gallery run by artist David Friedman. We then made a quick trip to a wine tasting at a nearby kibbutz with wines flavored with a variety of fruits like passionfruit. Then we returned home and enjoyed getting to know each other more over ice breakers and dinner.
We look forward to tomorrow’s hike and events!
Emily Fox, NCSU
Jacob Sander, UNC Chapel Hill
Robbie Swartz, UNC Chapel Hill
Gavin Greenhill, Davidson