This photograph, uploaded today by Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s office, shows the hoards of people gathering at the Western Wall in Jerusalem today to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut - Israel’s Independence Day. This tremendous display of unity and joy for the State of Israel inspires us. What inspires you?
Israel Photo of the Day - Touring Jerusalem - Authentically
This photo captures the essence of Chetz v’Keshet. It’s a Summer in Israel… Israeli Style! All madrichim (counselors) and tour guides are Israeli soldiers, with backgrounds in education and youth programming, who are trained to be able to provide the best possible tours of our sites. This makes the trip accessible to everyone - Israelis who think they know everything there is to know (and are usually surprised to find out they don’t), and those who have never been to Israel before in their lives. This photo, of an Israeli madricha giving our teens a tour around Jerusalem’s Old City, truly captures that experience in a moment. 83 days til CVK! Are you excited?
On this day in history: March 30, 1921, Winston Churchill made a visit to the British Mandate of Palestine, with key stops at the agricultural colony of Rishon LeZion, and in the new city of Tel Aviv. He praised the Jewish inhabitants for all of the strides they had made in this land, that he had seen first-hand on his visit. This is a photo of Rothschild Boulevard, in Tel Aviv, in 1921. See how sparsely populated that urban center was then! Incredible.
Something we miss big-time when not in Israel is Shuk Machane Yehuda - especially on Erev Shabbat. The famous shuk in Jerusalem is bustling on a normal day, but on Friday afternoons it is overflowing with men, women, and children shopping for Shabbat.
On Erev Shabbat we get particularly nostalgic for Jerusalem. As the saying goes, “אם אשכחך, ירושלים, תשכח ימני” - “If I forget, thee, Jerusalem, may I forget my right hand.” We cannot wait to go back to Israel this Summer on CVK and CVK PRO!
Israel Photo of the Day - “Friday Evening at the Kotel”
This picture of the Kotel on Erev Shabbat makes us long for Israel. As the saying goes, “Libi b’Mizrach, v’anochi b’sof Maarav” - “My heart is in the East, and I am in the farthest West.” Shabbat Shalom to everyone - have a peaceful and relaxing weekend!