Gaza Strip – Day 8

We got an early start on day 8. With my alarm set to 4:30 AM, I woke up and joined our group for a sunrise hike. https://twitter.com/SimonPerez1/status/975460566553780224 https://twitter.com/lileana_pearson/status/975332835748794368 It was not the “glorified walk” we were expected, but the beautiful views made the trek worth it. After the hike, we spent the morning at the … Continue reading Gaza Strip – Day 8

Haifa – Day 6

The common theme for days 5 and 6 was ‘borders.’ Today, we went to Misgav Am, a kibbutz located just about a mile from the Lebanon border. https://twitter.com/SimonPerez1/status/974700505887846410 A kibbutz is a communal settlement in Israel, which initially started out as agricultural settlements and is based on collective group values. For the kibbutz, it’s ‘group … Continue reading Haifa – Day 6

Golan Heights – Day 5

We drove a few hours north up to Tsfat, which is close to the Syrian border. We visited Ziv Medical Center, a university-affiliated, government funded hospital serving about 250,000 patients. They take pride in serving patients of many different ethnicities, and having staff members of many different ethnicities. One of their biggest accomplishments is caring … Continue reading Golan Heights – Day 5

Jerusalem – Day 4

This was probably the most mind-blowing day of our trip. We met 36-year-old Tzippy Yarom, a woman in the Haredi community. She talked to us about “Haredim Mibifnim,” meaning the “Ultra-Orthodox from Within.” This was an incredible experience because she shattered all my preconceived notions about women in the ultra-orthodox community. Some things about Yarom: … Continue reading Jerusalem – Day 4

West Bank – Day 2

Israel is about the size of New Jersey, but there was still so much to see. After our first day exploring the Old City in Jerusalem, we spent the next two days exploring the West Bank. The best way to describe the Israel/Palestine relationship is “it’s complicated.” Our guide said it’s “like two different worlds … Continue reading West Bank – Day 2