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ILSI Update #4

Posted on 07/13/2011 @ 06:09 PM

Dear ILSI Parents and Families:

I hope that everything is going well for each of you at home. ILSI continues to see, do and experience so much in Israel. Here's the latest news from ILSI:

Today we headed straight to Tel Aviv, where everyone saw first-hand where Israel was founded as the Jewish State. This included touring Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv's first neighborhood) and Independence Hall (the exact site of the signing of Israel's Declaration of Independence). They also enjoyed some shopping and downtime on Nachalat Binyamin, a large outdoor artist and crafts market that occurs twice a week in the heart of Tel Aviv.

In the late afternoon we went to Rabin Square and The Palmach Museum. Rabin Square is the location where Yitzhak Rabin, twice Prime Minister of Israel, Defense Minister, Commander in Chief during the Six Day War, was assassinated on November 4th 1995. The Palmach was the strike force of the Haganah, the pre-state underground defense organization which was eventually incorporated into the Israel Defense Forces after 1948. Though it existed for only seven years, the values which the Palmach promoted - mutual responsibility, assistance, sacrifice and contribution to the greater good - are legendary in the annals of local history and society. It was a very busy day of exploring the history of Israel and discussions around the Israel as a Jewish nation.

After such a long day, our evening was spent taking in some of the culture and arts that Tel Aviv and Israel has to offer. We experienced dinner on the streets of Yaffo (Jaffa) for an authentic Israeli meal of shakshuka at a well-known Israeli eatery aptly named "Dr. Shakshuka." After that, we headed back to campus to get some sleep and get ready for another big day tomorrow.

As a reminder, you can view the pictures from our trip here. There are over 900 pictures posted and more will be uploaded as the days go by.

Shalom from Israel! Todd Todd Kay Program Director, ILSI 2011

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