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ShnUpdate - Savyon 20.09.18

We are now in a weird kind of limbo in between holidays - Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have passed, but Sukkot and Simchat Torah are just around the corner. It feels like, together, over the last week or so, Savyon has been around most of Israel. This tale of adventure starts last Thursday. Six of us went down to Caesarea, a beautiful town on Israel’s central coast. Thanks to the hospitality of Nathan’s very generous grandparents, we were able to camp the the private beach of Kibbutz Sdot Yam, which manages to be even more beautiful than Caesaria itself. We visited the ruins of the old city of Caesarea, and staged our own version of a chariot race in the hippodrome - a not particularly successful, but entertaining, wheelbarrow race. We also visited the aqueduct, which stunned us all with its size. Michael L had to leave us early to go to Tel Aviv, where he reportedly had an absolute ball. Meanwhile, Leigh was somewhere on the other side of the Jordan River with family.


For chameleon spotting: Sal (She spotted it from a considerable distance, so either she has god eyes, or the chameleon needs to be sacked, but I’ve given her the benefit of the doubt)

For almost taking, but then deciding not to take, the most photos: Tahlia (evidence below)

Next up was Yom Kippur. Nathan was away with family in Tel Aviv, and five of us went down to Hod Hasharon, a suburb north of Tel Aviv, and stayed with my family there. While I would love to say we had a great time, that’s not really the point of Yom Kippur. I can say that we ate a lot of food, then didn’t, and then did again. It was a very interesting time, however. We attended two services at a conservative yet egalitarian synagogue, which exposed us to a new type of service we didn’t know existed. We also had a particularly enlightening discussion about the nature of Yom Kippur, and roamed the streets at night to get a feel for Yom Kippur in Israel. There isn’t any photo evidence of this - because phones aren’t really allowed, or maybe because none of us remembered to take some sneaky photos - so you’ll have to take my word for it: it was incredible to walk down streets filled with people and bikes instead of cars. Nicky and Benjy, if you’re reading this, everyone is so, so grateful.

Today (thursday) we visited the Madatech science museum, where we had quite a lot of fun. A few people even had a bit too much fun - in the infants section of the museum. We *attempted* to solve puzzles, quizzed each other, ruined magic tricks for ourselves, and more. The prizes for today go to Sal and Michael, who, one after the other, broke the museum record for the oldest person to fall over in the infants section.

I hope everyone remembers the lyrics that appeared in the last weekly update. Well, the full music video has now been released (link below). I’d say it’s definitely worth a look. Others may disagree, but there’s only one way to find out for yourself! -

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