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Dear friends,

 


To say we had a remarkable day does not begin to describe it! This morning we drove through the town of Metulla on our way to Tel Dan and the nature preserve.  We had a beautiful walk through the park and also learned of some of the historic importance of the area.



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From there, we loaded back into the bus and headed further up into the Golan Heights. We had some unbelievable views and talked about the history and significance of the Golan Heights. We have many times touched on Israel's wars and territories and are all struck by just how close to the borders are neighboring (and not always friendly) countries. 

 

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We stopped for lunch at a restaurant in a Druze Village and were intrigued by the story of the Druze people. As we learned, the Druze were a sect that broke off from the Muslim faith. They have their own practices and their own communities and their religion is kept secret, meaning no outsider can study it. Nor can you choose to convert and become Druze, you must be born into a Druze family. We had a fabulous lunch of falafel and all the trimmings and we all agreed that it was the best falafel we had ever tasted. Ending lunch with fresh baklava didn't hurt either! 

 

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The bus then took us to Mt. Bental, an inactive volcano that became an Israel surveillance position after 1967. We not only had great views of both Israel and Jordan but we also ran into a group of young soldiers. This group has only been together about 10 days and represents young people from 18 different countries. Believe it or not, we met a young man from Washington Township, New Jersey and he graduated high school last year with the nephew of one of our team, Julie Cochrane. Small world does not begin to tell the tale!

 

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Our day ended with one of the highlights of the trip. We descended from the Golan to the shores of the Sea of Galilee where we (painstakingly) boarded a boat that took us across the entire body of water.  We turned it into a "party boat" and had everyone (and I do mean everyone!) up and dancing.  We danced, we sang, we enjoyed the water spray and had a fabulous time.  We all sang Hatikvah as the boat docked, concluding an incredible ride.


Tomorrow--Tel Aviv!

 

Shalom from all of us,

Carol

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