On Monday morning the high school kids we teach English to had their 'bagrut' exam so we weren't needed. After a nice long lie in kyla and I dragged ourselves out of bed to the supermarket to do the main week food shop which took us approximately 2 hours, fun times. We got home only to discover our afternoon tree planting activity had been cancelled due to the rain, leaving us with pretty much an entire free day. We proceeded to spend the next 4 hours watching old gossip girl episodes on someone’s laptop in the dark because we had yet another power cut due to our idiotic boiler. We also found a note pinned to our door telling us that we weren't in fact teaching at the Arab school the next day but we had to be ready to leave for shlomi at seven thirty in the morning.
It turned out that what was described as an Israel Advocacy session turned out to be the entirety of modern Israeli politics in a morning. It was a session run by Neil Lazarus, a British guy from mill hill, which was really interesting and informative if a tad confusing. Tuesday evening was a random singsong ceremony/Seder which didn't make much sense followed by a discussion pretty much telling us to make aliyah by a conservative rabbi called Reuben Rivlin.
Wednesday as always was trip day. We started off in Hula Valley Nature Reserve. We spent the morning 'cycling' around the reserve. Bizarrely it turned out that the guide leading us on this particular trip day was Yaron, my Israeli tour madrich from 3 years ago.
I got to hold a cute little bird, it didn’t want to fly away.
Thursday was another pretty uneventful day, except that I made plans to COME HOME next week!!So excited to see everyone and sleep in my own bed :)
On Friday morning our closed weekend officially began with a 3 hour session with Mark Rosentein our favourite educator. It was based on Pluralism and communities in Israel and was sadly our final peula with him. Back at the house we sat in our little communal area outside in the sun to have a ma'amad which consisted of a bunch of favourite songs and quotes and was really cute and sad. That evening we headed to shul for a Tu B'shvat Seder and the presentation of the Netzer siddurim we made to Yedid Nefesh the Reform community in Karmiel. We each went to our separate host families for dinner and then returned home promptly at 10.30 for a surprise evening kef peula. We got home and were sent straight upstairs to pack a bag bizarre overnight stuff before being summoned downstairs with whistles. We were then blindfolded and led on a treacherous journey around Karmiel that lasted about 45 minutes. When we returned to the house we found the downstairs living room converted into sleepover central with mattresses, pillows and duvets covering the entire floor and posters everywhere 'welcoming us to 8th grade'. We spent the evening in true sleepover style eating munch and playing games finishing with, classically, a movie.
Saturday morning began with chocolate chip pancakes and scrambled eggs for breakfast and whilst everyone was still half asleep a short ma'amad. As most people weren't visiting their host families that day for various different reasons we started watching movies. After the first movie and an impromptu emergefah about our last weekend in Karmiel I went to my host family for lunch and the afternoon. At six thirty we went to meet the others to go bowling which SOMEHOW Kyla won! After bowling we returned to our house (still set up in sleepover style) to play GANGA-SHNAT. It was an evening kef peula run by myself and Sofi Shall. At the end of the game Sophie Dorfman may or may not have been sick. That's all i'm going to say.
So a new week begins this morning with a day ahead of ulpan and volunteering. A new week and now my last full week. I hope it's a good one...