Dear parents, shnattim, bogrim, bogrot, communities and friends shalom rav,
We hope you are well.
This week was the last week of the group on Kibbutz Lotan. I feel comfortable saying this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience- while 18 year olds can certainly go volunteer as a group, or study as either individuals or as an intentional community, living on an ecological, ideological, Progressive Kibbutz in the Israeli desert- this is just unique. Add to that the fact that the group is living in mud domes, creating their own bio-gas, cook with solar-ovens- you get a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The coming Shabbat is going to be a closed one, and is peer-led Shabbat planned by Emma, Becky and Asha. It is quite amazing that such a short time after arriving on the program, the shnattim are given this responsibility to run their own Shabbat- we know it will be a great one!
On Sunday it will be time for the group to say farewell to the Kibbutz family, and travel to the Galilee-the Northern part of Israel, for their Tikkun Period. This part is done in collaboration with the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA), the Jewish Agency and P2G. This will be their time to get to know a different part of Israel, see different communities and volunteer. We wish them and us the best of luck as the journey continues!