Yom HaAtzmaut

For today, Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day), Rabbi Grushcow shares some images and memories of the Temple Israel trip this past March. While you look, listen to this soundtrack of BaShanah HaBaah, a classic Israeli song about all the hopes and dreams we have for next year.

Beautiful street art in the Florentine neighbourhood of Tel Aviv, where we had a graffiti tour, seeing how the modern state of Israel brings together old and new.

Hospitality in the Bedouin town of Lakiya with Amal ElSana, who is a professor at McGill and a dear friend of Temple. It was a joy to be there while she was in her home community, so we could meet her sisters and see the women’s weaving collective they started – and to learn about the challenges that Bedouin face in Israel.

A Jeep ride in the Negev desert, breathing in the landscape under a wide blue sky.

A lifelong dream of riding camels, fulfilled at the edge of the Ramon crater. Learning from Ben Midbar, the Bedouin guides who know the landscape and its stories.

One of our teens reflecting on how this was an experience like no other.

Visiting Yad Lakashish, the workshop in Jerusalem which gives work and dignity to elderly immigrants, and the source of the tzedakah boxes we give our bnei mitzvah at Temple.

Discovering Kotel haKatan, a small section of the Western Wall where our group could gather together and place our hopes and prayers between the ancient stones.

These words and images are only a taste of a mind-expanding, heart-opening, breathtaking trip. If you join Lunch Together Online next week (register here), you will get to see with your own eyes as we will be joined by Noam Rumack, our guide from Israel. For now, may the hopefulness of this young country, full of ancient dreams, help us look forward to a better time.