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Mar 8, 2009 - At the End of Our First Week of Travel

Greetings from Jerusalem!! Today is Sunday and it has been a full week since our arrival here! First, An Introduction: This is the first chance we've had to get a travel website going! We'd like to tell our story as we go for our relatives and friends, and to keep a journal for our own archives. So please enjoy as we relate a few stories from our Travels with Piccolo Sam in Israel and Europe. This whole trip plan started when Sam was born and Rick started to contemplate taking some time off work to spend with his new family. Who would have...

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Mar 7, 2009 - Day 09, 10 & 11 - Jerusalem

We are sorry for not communicating for a while. In the past few days we did not have internet connection. Nevertheless, our News Crews did not stop taking beautilful pictures and write detailed reports for you all. Enjoy! As our grade drove up the hills of Jerusalem Friday afternoon, I noticed how almost everyone had a paper in their hands anxiously waiting to get a pen so they could write a note to G-d, and later put it in the Western Wall. Once we arrived at the Cotel (wailing/western wall) yard, we were given Shabbat candles to light,...

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Mar 5, 2009 - Jerusalem - Day 1

Our trip to Jerusalem was magical for many reasons. First, it was the first time that all of the NCJHS tenth graders involved in the EIEP-Tichon Hadash, SIEP-Ironi Tet and SIEP-Gymnasia Herzliah programs came together while in Israel. All ninety-plus student and teachers gathered at the Tayelet lookout point above Jerusalem for hugs, snacks and a very special Shechechianu. We broke into four groups to meet with our professional tour guides where we learned about the history and topography of modern and ancient Jerusalem, and the Temple...

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Feb 5, 2009 - Last day in Jerusalem

Last day is Jerusalem Our last day in Jerusalem began with a stop to an ATM that speaks English and pays out in dollars. After that we headed for the Church of the visitation, where John the Baptist’s parents Elizabeth and Zechariah lived. This is one of the traditional sites of where Mary came when she became pregnant with Jesus. Here Lexie read for us the story of Mary and Elizabeth meeting. From here we went to the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem. It was an emotional reminder and realization of what happened to six million Jews had the...

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FUMC Pilgrimage

Feb 2, 2009 - In the Old City

In the Old City After another good breakfast we boarded the bus on this sunny morning for our first experience in the Old City. We entered through the Dung Gate and after experiencing a security check, similar to what‘s at airports; we headed to the Western or Wailing Wall. This is now the holiest place on earth for Jews. After the destruction of the temple in 70 CE it is believed the Lord’s presence moved to this wall that is all that’s left of the Old Temple. It is to the Wall that Jews, and others, come to pray and to write their...

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FUMC Pilgrimage

Jan 31, 2009 - On to Jerusalem

Today we made the trip from northern Israel and the Galilee down to Jerusalem. On the way we stopped at the excavation of the Roman City Beit Shean. It is quite impressive with its ampatheater, bathhouse, and pillars lining the main shopping street, or cardo. Jess even hiked all the ay up to the top of the adjoining tell (human made hill) for a better view. At Tell Megiddo over looking the valley of Armageddon we explored the ancient335 foot tunnel dug in the rock from the top of the mountain to a spring below to furnish water for the city...

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Jan 10, 2009 - Day 10-Jerusalem

Wake up was later today because of shabbat. I chose to wake up earlier than everyone else because I wanted to attend the optional services at a synagogue down the road. I felt it was important to go to shabbat services in Jerusalem. The Pardo sisters and a couple of the guys went. We had a super fast breakfast and then walked to the synagogue. The Pardos and I sat upstairs in the women's section. We were completely lost, which I knew I would be since I am lost during American services. The cool thing is that during services you are supposed...

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Jan 9, 2009 - Day 9-Jerusalem

Another early morning wake up call. Again, I was the first one to get ready. We had to dress conservatively today because we were headed to Yad Vashem. It was extremely cloudy out and was misting a bit. We stopped in front of the museum to take a group photo. We were just one of many tour groups there. We got our tour guide who guided us through the museum. We had to listen to him on headsets. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the museum. I didn't think the tour guide was very good and I didn't feel the museum was comprehensive....

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Jan 8, 2009 - Day 8-Jerusalem

We drove to Jerusalem and dropped Guy off. Then we went back to the Shalom Jerusalem Hotel with its horrible elevators. Rachel, Sarah, and I got a room in the middle of the hallway. We were directly across from Lindsey, Jen, and Jordi's room. Sarah took the cot. Our shower didn't flood this time, which made us all happy. However, our toilet wasn't acting right. We all put our clothes on the shower rod to dry and went down to leave for dinner. We drove to Ben Yehuda St. for shopping and food. I walked in and out of shops with Jen and Lior....

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Jan 4, 2009 - Day 4-Jerusalem to Tiberias

One of the cell phone alarms went off at 6:15am. I let the other girls sleep until the 6:30am wake up call. We went to breakfast, which was yummy. I ate my bagel from last night and a lot of cake. I packed up croissants and cake for lunch. We then got on the bus for our ride into the heart of Jerusalem. We stopped at the Haas Promenade where we listened to music, drank grape juice, ate challah, danced, took pictures, and listened to Shabat lecture. It was beautiful to see the Dome of the Rock in the distance. I was so glad to finally see...

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Jan 3, 2009 - Day 3-Jerusalem

I woke up at 6am and couldn't fall back asleep. The girls' alarms went off at 9am and 9:15am for breakfast, which they decided not to attend. I got out of bed and got dressed. I went to breakfast where I ate a lot of chocolate croissants and cake. I then watched everyone while they did yoga. The roof had beautiful views. Yoga looked like a lot of fun. I then went back to my room, but it was locked because the girls were still sleeping. I went to 1612 to hangout with Jordi, Lindsey, and Jen. We talked for a while and I discovered that one of...

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Dec 21, 2008 - Istanbul to Jerusalem

On the way to the airport, it was still cold and rainy outside and I was all congested. After waiting in the airport at the rather nice Turkish Airways CIP lounge our 12:30 flight from Istanbul to Tel Aviv finally took off around 3PM. Our arrival in Israel was rather uneventful. A small line at immigration and a few random questions at passport control and we were collecting our luggage. The taxi ride to Jerusalem took a bit of time, about and hour and half, due to traffic. We checked into the Solomon Hotel around 6:30PM. I wouldn’t really...

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