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Shabbat Evening

Sunday, 15 January, 2012 - 6:49 pm

 Shabbat- This is an experience that is a huge part of the Jewish tradition and this was the first time I had the opportunity to be a part of it. Being that I got to experience all the festivities of Shabbat in Israel made this evening extra special. 

We each bought gifts for one person in the group, selected randomly, to exchange. We all gathered in a circle and went around the room presenting our gifts to each other, accompanied by a few words of thought. This was a great way to start off the night. Natan, one of our amazing soldiers, had me blushing when he presented me with my gift, a Star of David necklace.   I feel really good about going home and wearing this necklace to show that I am proud of my Jewish roots.

We then gathered for a Shabbat service. It was a lot of fun filled with singing, dancing, and a lot of confusion. I had a hard time keeping up with the Hebrew songs. Overall it was interesting to say the least and I think there was a lot of positive energy that came from the service.

Elevators in the hotel have been extremely slow due to Shabbat. A majority of us have been taking the stairs. Seven floors…No big thing! It has been a good source of exercise none the less, plus the stair dwellers always beat the elevators to the 7th floor.

So that was off topic, but we had a fantastic dinner and then we gathered for the most exciting part of the evening. A group of us had never been bar or bat mitzvahed, so why not do it in Israel! Asya, Jake, Breanne, Lauren, Mikhael, Molly, Michael, Dana, and I all gave a speech and it was as easy as that. Sorry to all of you that spent years preparing for your own. Regardless, all of us shared a really special moment together. I think I can speak for all of us in saying that we all feel more proud than ever to be Jewish through being on this trip. 

Over and Out

Charissa

Comments on: Shabbat Evening
1/16/2012

Michelle Squire wrote...

Yeah Charissa and Breanne!!! Malza tov to all of you!!