Wine, Olive Oil, Our New Israeli Soldier Friends, and Har Bental

After hiking Nahal Jilabun Canyon in Golan Heights, we set off to the Golan Heights Winery. It was probably the worst wine tasting ever, and I mean this in the organization and presentation of the guide. We arrived and had to wait quite a while until they set up. The only thing they really told … Continue reading Wine, Olive Oil, Our New Israeli Soldier Friends, and Har Bental

Hiking the Nahal Jilabun Canyon and Dinner in Tiberias

We were sweating in killer heat, being lead by a stranger, hiking, in an unknown country with a language we don’t speak. Sure, our tour guide definitely did not feel like a stranger, after all, we shared a beautiful opening ceremony in Caesarea and a pleasant Shabbat with her while learning about an amazing culture … Continue reading Hiking the Nahal Jilabun Canyon and Dinner in Tiberias

Arriving at the Kibbutz on Shabbat

After a long day of sweating around Caesarea and the Baha'i Gardens, we arrived at our Kibbutz. [Kibbutz-invented 1909, a sort of cooperative living settlement; your share of work ethic is returned with a community share of property and items. They all help each other out here.] Luckily, we got to stay here without working, … Continue reading Arriving at the Kibbutz on Shabbat

The Baha’i Gardens – Haifa, Israel

After Caesarea Maritima, we hopped back on the bus and drove through Haifa. We all peered out the windows looking at the Hebrew signs and admiring all dogs and cats roaming everywhere (everywhere! There were even clans crossing the streets together!). We drove up this hill and stepped off the bus to the amazing view … Continue reading The Baha’i Gardens – Haifa, Israel

The Vegas of the Med – Caesarea Maritima

The next handful of posts will be about Israel. I visited Israel for the first time back in August of 2011 when I was 19. The first two weeks I was part of Taglit, Birthright. The next week and a half, I was backpacking around Israel, alone. I am so grateful I was introduced to … Continue reading The Vegas of the Med – Caesarea Maritima

The Jewish Birthright

I thank God all the time for my religion. The birthright of Jews is an amazing thing. If you are Jewish, you probably have heard of Birthright or Taglit at least once in your life. It sounds like a complete hoax, a program with a secret agenda to turn you into an Orthodox Jew and/or … Continue reading The Jewish Birthright