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Israel Journal (2014-2015)

Day 10: January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!!

Today was our last day in Israel. It’s hard to believe how fast the time has gone. We started the day with a tour of the Ayalon Institute, the secret, underground bullet factory that got Israel through the war of independence. Afterward, we got a taste of local Tel Aviv, literally, with a chance to taste and smell at the Levinsky Market.

The day continued with a chance to learn about the Palmach, one of the fighting units that became the IDF, and then a short tour of the ancient city of Yafo. It’s the same port city we are told Jonah sailed from when he fled God’s call.

The final visit of the day was Independence Hall. It was a moving experience to end the trip with the words of Ben Gurion declaring the State of Israel. The only real way to follow that, of course, was with a group dinner to say goodbye to one another and to thank BG (our tour guide) for an amazing and life-changing 10 days.

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