We have arrived! Welcome to the 2017 Mt.Zion Israel trip blog! We landed at Newark airport just in time to board the huge 777 plane for our overnight flight to Tel Aviv. After a few minutes to freshen up at our hotel, just blocks from the Mediterranean, the bus whisked us off to a Yemenite restaurant, where we were plied with course after course of fabulous Middle Eastern food. After a good night’s sleep and a wonderful Israeli breakfast at the hotel, we went to see the the museum of the Palmach, Israel’s pre-state elite fighting force. Zvi, a member of the Palmach, showed us the photo albums of his fellow members. The museum was inspiring and a good grounding for the rest of our visit.
This afternoon, we visited Israel’s Independence Hall, where Israel was declared an independent state, followed by a walk to the Innovation Center of Taglit (Birthright), where we saw examples of several Israeli startup companies. This evening, we’re headed to Shabbat services at a Reform congregation, followed by dinner at the homes of congregants. Shabbat shalom!