Today we volunteered for the morning at Beit Yalin, the first Jewish agricultural community outside of the Old City in Jerusalem. They renovated it a few years ago and are still working on it, being a natural and historic preservation project. There were different options on how to help out, and my friends and I decided to cut down trees! When the British first came to the land, they planted trees from China because they didnt know what was good for the land. Now they want to cut down the trees to plant new beautiful ones that will thrive in Israel… So we sawed down a ton of trees and it was so much fun! Then we had free time for lunch at Machane Yehuda, the shuk in Jerusalem. We ate at the infamous Aroma cafe and walked around and bought some interesting fruit including the parsimmon! Later that night Shabbat began and everybody got all dressed up, a change from our work clothes! We had a choice of services, and Maya and i went to reform services where somebody from NFTY was actually leading them so it was great! Then we had a delicious dinner and bumped into some familiar faces from Camp Harlam!!
Third day of projectson January 7, 2012