Hi! This is ck reporting from Jerusalem. It’s 3 am Sunday morning and me and my trip participants just got back from hitting downtown Jerusalem, so to speak. Allow me to backtrack a bit. As you may or may not know, Jewlicious, in conjunction with Oranim and thanks to the generosity of Taglit-birthright israel, is running a free trip to Israel. I left on a plane from JFK that was made up entirely of Oranim trip participants and everything went really well.
Anyhow, we got in an hour later than expected and so we went directly to the Kotel for cabalat Shabat. Our driver dropped off our luggage at the hotel and after our dazed but otherwise suitably moved group experienced the Kotel on a Friday night (highly recommended!) we walked back to our hotel, had Shabbat dinner and then more or less passed out.
Saturday, thanks to the hard work of Ilana Rachel, Jewlicious-trip alumna Lori and Jeff Seidel our entire group had Shabbat lunch in Nachlaot with local families. Once again, our trip participants were suitably impressed with the largesse and hospitality of our hosts.
That evening, after our Havdalah service, we went into town and these are the first pictures from the trip. We walked around Ben Yehuda street where some of our Jewliciousers popped their falafel and shwarma cherries. The night ended at a club called Laila where we were joined by Assaf, the drummer and Ohad, the lead singer of MissFlag, fresh from their US tour, where, amongst other places, they played at the Jewlicious Festival. Ohad is in the midst of tryouts for Kochav Nolad, Israel’s version of American Idol.
Tomorrow we’re headed up north where we will visit Caesaria and sleep at the banks of the Kinneret. Hopefully I’ll find the time and the juice to write a bit more about our participants who are interesting because they kind of represent a tiny microcosm of young American Jews. The Steinhardts and the Bronfmans can afford to hire fancy shmancy consultants to try and understand what makes these kid tick. At Jewlicious, all we can afford is field research… stay tuned!