My Trip to Israel

The view was absolutely amazing while we were slowly floating down the Jordan River with our pen pals by our side. The sun wasn’t too hot but not too cold either. It was just perfect.

We met our pen pals in the morning and played ice breakers with them which was very fun. It was amazing to have the opportunity to hang out with people my own age who live across the world and see how their lives compared to ours. We didn’t only enjoy the amazing view of the mountains behind the large trees, but we communicated with our pen pals and gradually became closer and closer in a matter of an hour. It was great to meet new people and have the chance to experience the way they live life.

We said goodbye to them knowing that tomorrow we would meet them again tomorrow and even get to have dinner in their homes!

After a long bus ride, we went to a cemetery. While it was very sad, we listened to stories about dreams and life of the pioneers of those who settled in Israel. I was very happy I had the chance to sit and think about how great life is and knowing I shouldn’t take advantage of one minute.

Today was very fun, but at the same time it gave me time to think about many things in my life that I couldn’t imagine thinking in America.

David Israelstam, Gross Schechter Day School

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