Shabbat Shalom (hey)!
So, we just finished our first full day in Jerusalem, WOW, what a city! We began the day at Yad Vashem after our first full night's sleep in a REAL bed (although some people woke up at 4 AM to watch the Lakers dominate the Celtics)! Yad Vashem is Israel's Holocaust memorial and museum, a tribute to the six million Jews that perished during the Holocaust as well as a center of Holocaust education. The whole experience was very powerful and we look forward to all sharing our feelings together tonight during Shabbat. We also heard from Devorah Weinstein, a Holocaust survivor whose story, as a five year-old survivor, was very moving.
After Yad Vashem, as our tour guide said, we "moved from death to life" as we headed to Jerusalem's biggest "shook" (marketplace), Machne Yehuda! We tried foods from all over the Middle East and then had an hour or so to explore on our own!
We've started bonding with our Israeli soldiers, who happen to be sababa (real cool)!
Now, we're back in the hotel preparing for Shabbat and a (much needed) day of rest!
Peace from the Middle East!
PS Shout outs to our lovely parents: Wendy and Danny Weinreb, Michael and Andrea Karsch, Larry and Kathy Roth, and Lori and Scott Sale