By Sharon Wisch-Ray
At press time, I’m told by Michael Linn that the 55 members of the Ahavath Sholom mission to Israel have arrived safely at Ben Gurion airport.
The group had a welcome ceremony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea followed by a walking tour of the Old City of Jaffa and dinner at a restaurant there.
On Wednesday, the group was to head north and visit Haifa. Highlights include: a panoramic view from Mt. Carmel, including the Baha’i Temple and Persian Gardens; a visit to Eshkol Region’s Protected School; a visit to the Western Galilee Hospital (you may recall the emergency room at the hospital is dedicated to the memory of Toni Gernsbacher); and exploring the grottos at Rosh Hanikra if time permitted.
By the end of the day the group was scheduled to arrive in the Galilee and have dinner at Kibbutz Misgav Am, on the border of Lebanon.
We look forward to hearing about Thursday’s events: a jeep tour in the Golan Heights, a visit to the Israeli Army Outpost in the Golan and a kayaking adventure along the Jordan River.
The group is fortunate to have Rabbi Andrew and Michal Bloom with them to lead them on their journey. We look forward to sharing more stories and photos from the trip when the group returns.
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