The waves crashed up against the rocks on the Tel Aviv beach. The sea breeze hit our faces. Everyone gathered together under the rainbow in the sky. The whole class sang the prayer “Shehachiyanu”. We could not be happier that this day is finally here!
We then headed to the Founder’s Monument. There stood a memorial that held 66 names that remember the founders of the great city of Tel Aviv. One of those names was my great- great- grandfather, David Nahum Weisbord Livini. As my great grandparents and grandparents on my mom’s side lived and died during the Holocaust, my grandparents on my dad’s side were building our new Jewish State. I read to my class the story of my great great grandfather as the city of Tel Aviv was alive with excitement.
Our next site that we saw was Independence Hall. This was the building where David Ben Gurion declared that the land where we were standing would be our Jewish State.
Next we traveled to the city of Cholon and participated in a tour through the eyes of a blind man. The journey lasted 70 minutes through complete darkness while only using our senses of touch, smell and hearing. It was an amazing way to begin this journey.
Currently we are on the bus ride to the hotel. After showers and dinner we will be included in a Erev Yom Hashoah ceremony with Kibbutz Shefaiim.
Our first day has been jammed packed with so many memories, and it’s hard to believe that this is only the beginning of more and more to come.