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ShnUpdate - Savyon 28.06.18

Our second week at Kibbutz Lotan was nothing short of an adventure. After only a few short days, friendships with our fellow “eco-freeko’s” were already well formed, completed with far too many bad jokes and perhaps one too many late night chats around the bonfire. Now I know what you are thinking sounds like an American summer camp dream, but truth be told, the 5:45 am wakeups and hours slaving away over compost piles and 90’s documentaries on permaculture truly defy these standards. Catch is, we wouldn’t have it any other way! Initially the shnatties and myself were disappointed to be spending our first weekend on kibbutz, away from what we are excited to call our home, in order to join ou

ShnUpdate - Savyon 22.06.18

Sunday we said goodbye to the last of the northerns, Sima. As we also said goodbye to our Jerusalem flat of 4 months, to bus down to Kibbutz Lotan. We were greeted inside the gate by two of our teachers, Mark and Steven. After putting our bags inside our new eco-dome homes, we were shown around the bustan (the small part of the Kibbutz where the GA’s (green apprentices live) and the many different permaculture based tech inside, including; bio-gas kitchens, compost toilets, the many different ovens and solar panels that power the night time lights. With the tour out the way we gravitated to the best place to be on a 38C day, the pool. After some kef in the pool and a nice dinner we went to

ShnUpdate - Savyon 16.06.18

So that's it... shnat is coming to an end. I remember so many times when I thought there was so much time left and about all the great things that I wanted to do and see and now it's over. I still can't believe it. I'm sad to leave this beautiful country, leaving all my new friends, which are more like a family than just friends and leaving this great program, which taught me so much about life, lsrael (culture, society, Zionism, politics, economics), Netzer Values and the world. But I'm sure that I will come back because shnat left a big hole in my heart. This year was amazing! It's was challenging in different ways, but I enjoyed it a lot. A lot of people told me during shnat, that shn

ShnUpdate - Savyon 08.06.18

This was the week that everyone had been dreading for a long time - the closing week of Etgar. For the unlucky ones this was the penultimate week of our Shnat, and for the the slightly more fortunate it was an ending which ushered in the start of a new part of the program. From this coming Sunday, the Northerners will have their final week together on Kibbutz Tzuba and the Southerners will have their 8 day break period before they begin living at Kibbutz Lotan, so this was our final week as the whole group. After most Shnatties spent the weekend recovering from the gruelling 5 day tiyul, we began on Sunday with our final Ulpan session, where the Northerners finally became natives by making a

ShnUpdate - Savyon 02.06.18

Our week began with the last sessions by leora and rodrigo, the sadness from our hearts could be felt throughout beit shmuel and the whole of jerusalem. With yet heavier hearts we entered our last session on the conflict. The session was filled with intense thought as ideological zingers rocheted across the circle only to be deflected by deep thought on the subject at hand. As the weekend drew on many returned weary from there long quests across eretz yisrael, the kvutza travelled far and wide over the weekend in search of adventure and in the hope finding something, anything to hold on to in our memories of shnat. And then began... THE LAST TIYUL ON ETGAR EVER Day 1. Our Etgarnicks got

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