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Dear friends,

We left Jerusalem a little sad to see our time there come to an end.  We headed to Bet Shean, the site of magnificent Roman and Byzantine ruins.  We walked through the amphitheater, Roman baths and down the main street or "cardo."  It was an absorbing history lesson for all.

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From there we headed to Kibbutz Sde Eliahu, a kibbutz that is a center for organic farming. We enjoyed a delicious lunch and looked around for a bit before piling back into the bus.

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Next stop was the Gilboa Wind Farm where we spent about an hour in a private tour learning about wind energy. There were many great questions and some lively conversation.

 

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We drove along the Jordan River to Yardenit and spent some time at the this site where the mouth of the Jordan River meets the Sea of Galilee. It's a site that is said to be Jesus' baptismal site and a number of our staff appreciated the chance to walk down to the water. We also watched a number of Christian pilgrims having full immersion baptisms--we were all fascinated!

 

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Tonight and tomorrow night we are staying at a kibbutz hotel, a very different environment and our base to explore this northern part of the country. At dinner we all had a chance to talk about moments we will remember from the trip so far--everyone spoke and everyone had something different and special. We are making many wonderful memories.


Shalom from all of us,

Carol

 
 
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