2018-05-09 / Local News

M’kor teens bond with Israel on Passover Confirmation trip


Julia Rothman (left) and Hanna Weinstein on the snake path leading to the summit of Masada. Julia Rothman (left) and Hanna Weinstein on the snake path leading to the summit of Masada. Cong. M’kor Shalom’s 2018 Confirmation Class connected with the land and people of Israel through experiential learning in biblical forests, on archeological digs, and through visits to all major bodies of water: “Red, Dead and Med,” as the kids like to say—and also the Sea of Galilee. The group, led by Education Director Merle Steinberg, Executive Board member and religious school teacher Drew Molotsky, and Adam Roth, teacher and chair of the board’s Education and Youth Committee, visited Jerusalem, experienced the Golan Heights, and hiked in the deserts of the Aravah Valley. Students also experienced kibbutz life, with visits to Yahel and Lotan. At Yahel, they continued the tradition of planting cacti in the Jeremy Kane Cactus Garden. “This trip was a bonding experience for all, and truly allowed our confirmands the opportunity to forge a deeper connection to their religion,” said Roth.



Dov McGuire-Berk (left) and Jessica Gurst are pictured with IDF soldiers at Yad LaShiryon Latrun, Israel’s tank museum. Dov McGuire-Berk (left) and Jessica Gurst are pictured with IDF soldiers at Yad LaShiryon Latrun, Israel’s tank museum.

Alex Cohen (left) and Dylan Lever rode camels during their visit to Bedouin tents in the Negev. Alex Cohen (left) and Dylan Lever rode camels during their visit to Bedouin tents in the Negev.

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