A standard part of every Taglit birthright-israel trip is the “Shehechyanu” ceremony. After getting up at 7:00 am, we had breakfast and then drove to the Bahai Gardens on Mt. Carmel in Haifa. Prior to checking out the gardens, we did the ceremony and everyone said the bracha – much to my surprise… There’s so much I don’t know about Reform and Conservative Jews! Afterwards we hiked up mount Carmel (more pictures after the bump). I should definitely hang out more in this part of the country. Living in Jerusalem sometimes makes you very uh… Jerusalemocentric (is that even a word?) and you miss out on the sheer beauty of the North!
Did I tell you there’d be a beautiful view or what? This is our group on Mt. Carmel overlooking the port city of Haifa and the Mediterranean sea.
Everyone loves a Jewish girl, in a cave…
Group shot! Everytime a camera comes out, it’s group shot time!
OK, now it’s on to Safed!