HiBur 2017 – 2018
And they’re off! Fourteen 10th-graders from Beth El and three other area synagogues left Logan Airport for Tel Aviv on February 14. The kids are excited to visit Israel (many of them for the first time) and reconnect in person with the Haifa friends they hosted in October.
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The U.S. portion of HiBur with American and Israeli teens is well underway.
Join us on March 23 at 6 PM for Shabbat Services and to hear about their remarkable experiences in Israel.
Jerusalem has been the subject of Jewish prayers and yearnings for thousands of years. L’shanah haba’ah b’yerushalaym (next year in Jerusalem) we say. But what does one do when they finally arrive? before rejoicing, it might be a good idea to look back and reflect on how they got there.
Day 7 Hard to say exactly where yesterday ended and today began, as we spent the night driving south from Haifa allthe way to Masada. At Masaada, two extremely rare things occurred - first, it rained on us. Second, a group of Israelis were early....
On our last day in Haifa, our teens finally got the chance to join their Israeli peers in class, attending the first two periods of their school day. Most of our teens started the day with PE, followed by History, Hebrew, or Tanach. The Hugim teachers were very accommodating, providing explanations in English and making our teens feel comfortable.
Peace or security? Freedom or equality? Which of these values are more important to us, as humans and as Jews, both in the States and in Israel? This is one of the questions our teens discussed this morning in a fascinating workshop dealing with their Jewish identity.
The city of Tel Aviv was named after a book written by Theodor Herzl, Altneuland, (Old-New Land). Tel in Hebrew is mound, which represents the old, while Aviv means spring, standing for the new. On Monday, we attempted to discover both of these layers that exist in the first Jewish city.
Day 2 – Shabbat morning came and the HiBuR group spent the entire day with their Haifa partners. Though the day was extremely rainy it didn’t stop the group from getting out and about! Many went exploring the city’s fine dining and decided on sight seeing! Some caught up on their homework (so we were told!), others felt a little more inclined to go bowling and even go-carting, and a few who felt the mall was a perfectly well way to spend the stormy day!
Hello from Israel! Everyone was refreshed this morning from a good night's rest and a nice dinner the host families provided. After a long 20 hours of remarkably smooth travelling, we were all eagerly ready to begin experiencing...
After two comfortable flights we arrived at Ben Gurion at 4pm local time. Our kids were "surprised" (like only teens can keep a surprise) to see their Israeli friends waiting for them at the terminal. After a very exciting reconnection...