On Sunday, December 22, a handful of Temple Israel’s juniors and seniors, accompanied by Cantor Shermet, took off from Eppley Airfield en route to Israel for 10 days of exploration, meeting Israeli teens and learning about their Jewish heritage.

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From left to right: Malka Eisenberg, Max Gendler, Cantor Shermet, Rachel Stoneking, Justin Norton, Hannah Budwig, Jacob Arnold, Mallory Rogers

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On the bus to Jerusalem! Looks like everyone could use a nap.

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After the Shecheyanu prayer, overlooking the Old City, with their guides on the right.

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Rachel and Mallory outside Jaffa Gate at the Old City of Jerusalem.

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Our kids visited the “packed” Church of the Holy Sepulcher on Christmas Eve.

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At this point in the trip, Cantor asked everyone what their favorite thing to do had been so far:

Jacob: Western Wall
Max: also the Wall
Hannah: shawarma
Mallory: seeing the sunrise
Rachel: getting family their presents
Maddy: walking the city
Justin: getting Cantor-approved challah cover
Cantor: real Israeli food

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The group helped pack and distribute food at a food bank in Nahariya.

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At the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum.

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At Nahariya Hospital.

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At a Reform Shul in Tel Aviv.