JOLT Israel
NCSY JOLT Israel!!! Awesome Day #3/4
Good Evening NCSY JOLT Israel Parents! I hope this email finds you well. It finds me better than well. Firstly, I am blessed to be in Artzeinu HaKedosha! Secondly, I have the most amazing group of kids on this trip I have ever met. Each one is so awesome and talented. It is an absolute pleasure to work with each and every one of them. Every Dvar Torah that we share, every time I need attention the kids are respectful and appropriate. I can tell you that the advisors, Reb Josh and myself are super excited to grow together with these amazing kids. The airport experience was a smooth as could be. A few kids had to rearrange some luggage due to being overweight but overall is it was quick, smooth and painless.  Our flight was awesome! Many of the kids slept, some of them dozed and a few were jut wayyy to excited to close their eyes. We got our luggage and exited the terminal to the bus. While waiting for the bus to pull up, the kids each got a bottle of water so they could rehydrate. Those kids that needed help with their cell phone/SIM cards got what they needed. Any person that wanted to change money had the opportunity to do so and the kids handed in their passports which are all in a safe. At the airport we met two new members of our team, Yoel and Yeshuda. Yoel is our Madrich and Yehuda is our armed security guard and medic. They are just as much a part of our staff as anyone else and they are an awesome addition to our already spectacular team. After pulling out from the airport we drove straight to Caesarea.  Since it was in the direction of where we needed to go and because it is gorgeous I wanted the kids to see the beauty of the ocean with the backdrop of the ancient Roman aqueducts. The area on the beach where we were was empty and I decided it was the right time and place for us to daven Mincha. And what a Mincha it was!! Imagine, speaking to Hashem with no cars honking people talking or babies crying. Just the strong ocean breeze offsetting the hot sun, the salty smell of the ocean wafting towards our noses and the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach. It was truly a spiritual experience. After Mincha we had a great lunch from Holy Bagel, different fresh sandwiches and muffins. I gotta say the muffins were excellent! There was blubbery, corn, chocolate white chocolate chip and blueberry. I may or may not have tried all of them…… :-0 After Caesarea we headed towards our quaint hotel call Ohalo Manor. We brought in the luggage, ate a delicious dinner (chicken, meat, rice, fish, tons of salads, tons of desserts.) We learned a little Torah, Yoel filled us in on certain touring and hiking protocols and we went through tomorrows Tochnit. I put the kids to sleep at 10:30. They are exhausted and we are all exhausted. I told them that I would make davening a bit later as well so they can have an extra bit of time to get back into things…. In terms of whats on tap for tomorrow, I won't ruin the surprise for you guys…You'll have to wait to hear about it tomorrow night :-) It promises to be amazing!! If there are any questions or comments please don't hesitate to reach out. With tremendous Bracha's from OurHoly Land of Israel! -Rabbi Weinberg
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