Monday, August 22, 2011

TJJ Bus 5 - The Golan Heights

Today we went on another hike, and for some this was the toughest hike to date. Any hike that lasts almost five hours in very intense, but I am proud to say that everyone who participated finished the hike and also really enjoyed all of the unique elements of this particular journey. Hiking is not one of the things that families really do when they come and visit Israel, but I highly recommend that you try one the next time to you are here.

The Golan Heights was also the scene of the Yom Kippur war and we got to see many of the important battle areas. We got to go to the top of Mt. Ben Tal, which has a secret bunker at the top (don’t tell anyone) and was also volcano, but no need to worry it was active about 50 million years ago. We got to see a film about the Yom Kippur war and visited another theater to see a film about the Golan Heights. We also visited an olive oil factory where they taught us how the area of the Golan Heights was home to the largest olive oil businesses in the time of the Talmud and how some of the best olive oil in the world is being made there right now. There was even an exhibit in another building that we could see the unique and important topography of the area and see how the Golan Heights came to be and the place it had throughout Jewish History. One of the things that was a surprise and not on the itinerary was a tour of a grape/apple/cherry farm. It didn’t sound like a lot of fun, but once we got there no one wanted to leave. We got to pick and eat three different types of cherries and also had fun playing with them… don’t even ask, but it was a lot of fun.

Of course there is a lot more to come. To hear the live reactions to the events as they happen check out TJJ on Jewish Pride Radio – or search for Jewish Pride Radio on iTunes.
Stay tuned for more updates and more photos to come!!
Inspire yourself to inspire others…
Rabbi Josh Broide
Director of TJJ Bus 5

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