We’re so happy to have our travelers from our CRS Israel Family Trip back home safe and sound, and hopefully indulging in some well-earned rest! Here’s their final update, from the last day of their trip, of which it seems like they enjoyed every last minute.
The last day of our trip was jam-packed and fun-filled. We started our morning with a drive out of Tel Aviv to Beit Guvrin, a national park, where we explored the ruins of Maresha, one of the important towns of Judah during the time of the First Temple. From there, we headed to the Soreq Cave, an amazing natural wonder full of stalactites and stalagmites. Great for photo ops! We then traveled to a moshav called Tal Shachar, which houses a working goat farm, for a delicious dairy lunch. They make fabulous cheeses from goat’s milk and even taught us how to make it ourselves (check out the recipe below [in the photos])! With our cheeses in hand, we boarded the bus back to Tel Aviv to enjoy our final afternoon in Israel. After one last swim in the Mediterranean, we gathered for dinner at Kitchen Market, a delicious restaurant above an open-air market in the Tel Aviv port. Together we shared food, drink, and reflections of our ten days together. It was a warm and meaningful ending to a very special adventure. In the morning, we departed our hotel for the airport, sharing hugs with our fellow travelers, and said l’hitraot (see you soon) to Israel.
We are already looking forward to our next trip!
Rabbi Weitzman, Lyndsie, and the CRS Congregational Trip
It’s so bittersweet to be leaving the fantastic land of Israel, but also be coming home to our families in the U.S.. Here are the photos from the last few days of the trip: