Today was Yom HaShoah, and on our way to volunteering, which I will speak about later, there was a siren that went off at 10 AM to remember the Holocaust. After that, we went to volunteer cleaning up the forest where one of the people from the קקל explained to us that after the forest fire they had, they are doing everything they can to protect the trees by cutting the lower branches off which we cleaned up out of the forest. We also went to and learned about where Shaul fought and died. After that we went to a water hike in the lower Galil and they also had theses pipes that you could go into like a water slide that was really fun. Then, we went to the Bedouin tents where we learned about Bedouin culture and their lifestyle. We also went out farther into the desert where Rabbi Green showed us a way to meditate which was really cool. After that, we had a bonfire where we roasted marshmallows and sang a lot of songs!
Today we started the day by going on an amazing hike in the Upper Galil! In the middle of the hike we got to climb through a cave. In the cave Rabbi Green and others decided to try to scare me, but they couldn’t. I’m invincible. After the cave we walked through a small stream and played an intense game of “wah” . Then we drove to Acco and had falafel for lunch. Afterwards we had a walking tour through this beautiful city. First we went to a really tall wall that had protected Acco for hundreds of years. While we were at the wall Rabbi Green decided it would be funny to spit water at us, but once again he failed and I spat water at him. Then we went to the Ramchal shul and learned his philosophy and davened mincha. We then went to the beach, which wasn’t exactly a beach. The ocean was very fun, though the ocean got in a fight with us a bit, a couple of bumps later we are all good!! Later we had a Yom HaShoah tekes led by our madrichah and tour guide. Today was awesome!!
friday, april 21st | Shabbat in the old city of tzfat
Shabbat in Tzfat was absolutely spectacular! We davened Friday night at a carlebach Shul named Beirav. This Shul was like nothing I’ve ever seen before, not only was the Shul packed with guys and girls dancing with joy to קבלת שבת but the street were also filled!
Shabbat morning we went to the Ari’s (Isaac Luria) Shul, which was very inspiring to see and learn about, what makes this Shul special is that the Ari would sing (קבלת שבת) at this place and because of him we welcome Shabbat in every Friday night. We had a delicious and big variety of food like jachnun which is fried dough, and a tomato paste, to go with it and for the grand finale we had DORITOS!!! Never have I ever seen a package of chips be eaten so fast!
Shabbat in Tzfat was truly different. The streets were winding stone alleyways, with numerous flights of stairs. We stayed in a Hostel with a few other families and a separate touring group. We went to shul on Friday night at Beirav, a Carlebach shul, which was so packed that we barely made it in, and eventually fled outside to escape the crowd. We danced during קבלת שבת, and enjoyed the nice weather. For Shacharit we went to a nice shul, and had an amazing davening. After lunch, we went to Mincha at Beirav and toured the old city of Tzfat. We saw the Rav Yossef Cairo Beit Knesset and The Ari’s Shul. We visited a beautiful Mizrachi shul, the Abuhav Shul, which I, as a Sephardi, really enjoyed, and walked back to the Hostel for some rest time. We played cards, and Zevi and I played various games with some of our younger friends (3 and 5 years old, respectively). We had a nice seudah shlishit, played some ping pong, and davened maariv. Shabbat in Tzfat was an amazing experience, and one I won’t soon forget.
This week on the Green Vlog, Rabbi Green reminds us the importance of welcoming guests during the season of Passover. Recently, EHA had an opportunity to welcome Maor Friedman to our 4th grade class while his family resides at the Ohel Rina & Michael Bikur Cholim House. We want to thank the Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis and the Staenberg Family Foundation for creating this wonderful opportunity for us to open our doors to a family in need.
This week’s Green Vlog features a very special guest: Dr. Steven Freedman, Head of School at Hillel Day School in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Freedman led the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS) visiting team who spent the first half of the week at EHA. ISACS is a membership organization of more than 230 independent schools from 13 states across the Midwest region of the country. The ISACS accreditation process occurs every seven years involving a comprehensive self-study, parent survey and visit from a team of experts. We enjoyed the process tremendously and look forward to receiving the formal report in June!
This past Tuesday, EHA hosted its 74th Annual Banquet, “Grow With Us” honoring Bobby and Chelle Medow. This week on the Green Vlog, Rabbi Green relays his sincere thanks to those who made this special evening a resounding success.
This week on the Green Vlog we are pleased to share a piece from our friends at St. Louis Jewish Light that features EHA students and our very own Rabbi Green, delivering rocks to Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery sent from a little girl in Boca Raton, FL.
Morah Roz Hirschhorn, First Grade Teacher Extraordinaire, stops by the Green Vlog to discuss the value and joy of teaching prayer. Rabbi Green also inroduces our upcoming event, Haleli Nafshi, to celebrate Halelukah prayers on Friday, March 31.