Day 6 | Letters from the Children’s Village 2017

Written By: Alexandra Friedlander In the morning, we drove to a Bedouin home. Bedouins are a subgroup within the Arab minority in Israel and have a cultural, historical, social and political uniqueness. In the Bedouin home, we ate a delicious breakfast of eggs, falafel, vegetables, and pita. We also went inside a real Bedouin tent […]

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Day 5 | Letters from the Children’s Village 2017

Written By: Katherine Kunkle We ate a quick breakfast, and jumped into the van to head to an area that looked over the valley, where we were told the story of Jesus’s birth. We then took the bus to a small Orthodox Church in Nazareth. At the church, we quickly discussed the history of the church […]

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Day 4 | Letters from the Children’s Village 2017

Written By: Lauren Levy and Anna Elias This morning after breakfast at the Children’s Village, we left for Holon, which is a city right outside of Tel Aviv. We arrived at the Museum of the Blind a little before 10:30, where we drank coffee and waited for our tour in the dark to begin. Our […]

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Day 3 | Letters from the Children’s Village 2017

Written by: all participants We ate a quick breakfast, and hopped into the van. First, we drove to a Druze school, called Beirut Jann. At the school, we spoke with the students and learned a bit about the Druze culture. Then, we got a tour of the school and made some new friends with the students […]

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Day 2 | Letters from the Children’s Village 2017

Written by: Alexandra Friedlander We ate a quick breakfast of yogurt and tea and rushed out to the buses. We drove to the center of Karmiel to see some Bedouin communities. It was very interesting to see how they lived. Then, we drove to two Holocaust memorials. One of the memorials had three parts all […]

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Day 1 | Letters from the Children’s Village 2017

Written by: Alexandra Friedlander We woke up and ate a delicious egg breakfast. Afterwards, we drove to Rosh Hanikra, which is a beautiful geologic cliff formation on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in Western Galilee. Rosh Hanikra borders Lebanon, and many missiles have been shot shot from Lebanon into Israel via Rosh Hanikra. At […]

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Traveling | Letters from the Children’s Village 2017

Written by: Alexandra Friedlander On March 19, we all met at 7 a.m. at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The very generous United Airlines allowed everyone attending the trip to take all of their suitcases, with the donations, free of charge – that’s 30 suitcases! Then, the United Airlines attendant checked our bags, and we said our […]

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Germany Close Up | Jordana Rosenfeld – Friday

On Friday, we had several discussions about modern Germany, specifically regarding Jewish life. The day began with a panel discussion on contemporary Jewish life in Germany on which spoke three insightful women of different backgrounds – one who had emigrated from Israel as an adult, one born in the former USSR who moved to Germany […]

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Germany Close Up | Jordana Rosenfeld – Thursday

On Thursday we started the day off at the Germany Close Up office where we were given an introduction to the nonprofit organization Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP), one of Germany Close Up’s partner organizations that mobilizes young Germans in peace-oriented, anti-racist service. The organization was founded in 1958 to address and ameliorate the […]

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Germany Close Up | Jordana Rosenfeld – Wednesday

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is expansive, a large plot in the middle of Berlin (adjacent to the site of Hitler’s bunker, the American Embassy, and other socially and historically significant buildings), a sprawling field of 2711 gray stone stelae of varying heights. The ground is paved with small square cobblestones, also […]

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