I have been home for 2 days, I am sitting in the Apple Store at the Chesnut Hill mall, which is located about 20 minutes west of Boston. I’m amazed that we all just all stood for a minute of silence to commemorate the week anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing. I was in Israel celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut: Israel Independence Day, at the time of the bombing. How ironic, we were safer in Israel. Everyone we met were incredibly kind, and sympathetic to what we were all feeling!
I’m at the Apple store because my computer has crashed every time I try and play my movie…. 😦
Fast forward 7 hours later and I am still having problems. But, my movie is completed, not to my expectations, but its done.
I know I said I would be posting everyday, but I didn’t have any extra time.
Click on the picture to view the movie of some of the highlights.
I have well over 1500 pictures to go through…the good, the bad and the ugly!
Later in the week I will be posting more pictures to http://www.grs614.zenfolio.com if you’d like to look at them.
This was a wonderful trip with 40+ smart, compassionate, funny, thoughtful woman. We visited Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa. We participated in a beautiful Havdalah service. Hiked up Masada, floated/dipped in the Dead Sea, went for a bike ride. Visited 2 schools, help paint a mural and heard the stories from a few Ethiopian Jewish woman’s journey to Israel, that would make us cry. We had dynamic speakers who taught us poetry, history and the revival of the Hebrew language. We visited a The Strauss company, which has a women CEO, the Carmel Winery who got their start from the Rothchild family. We commemorated Yom Hazikaron: Israel Memorial Day, probably one of the most heart wrenching nights we had. Toured the Western Wall tunnel, left notes at the Western Wall, and visited the old city in Jerusalem. Our final night was spent sharing our experience with each other. Many tears were shed that night and new connections made. All that was done in in 7 days….I was one of the lucky ones who flight home was cancelled and got to spend an extra day in Tel Aviv to rest and shop.
What an adventure, journey, experience…it was SABABA (hebrew for AWESOME)…I would have to see that I discovered a part of me that I didn’t know existed!
I would like to give a special shout out to Caryn and Stacey, thanks for being our “shepards”, this certainly was a trip I will not forget.
I am adding this last note….I woke up this morning thinking of the quote that Caryn shared with us by Maya Angelou. I’m sure she won’t mind if I share it…
I’ve learned that people FORGET what you said, people will FORGET what you did, but people will NEVER FORGET how you made them FEEL!