Last Shabbat with Sinai Tour 

We arrived on Friday and got a shock, Ibexes, strong winds and smelly socks.  Everyone scrubbed up well, Holding their hair back in pictures in order to look swell.  Exchanging gifts for one another, Whilst expressing our love for each other.  Kabbalat Shabbat, we sang together, Making the moment Last forever. After dinner we assembled in teams, Putting in mouth pieces, making us beam.  Singing songs with our mouths open wide Rapping and rhyming about slides.  The next morning we were woken up late, Something which we all did rate.  Davening did drag on and on “Oh Hashem not today” said Cohn.  Starving and tired, for kiddish we moaned  Arik was not happy and he groaned  Shiur was replaced by a Q and A Two state solution, YAY or nay? A dare tochnit gave everyone a scare  Licking ears and toes “what a mare?”  In six minutes two planks were complete  Two bottles downed and two socks from sams feet To the craters edge we walked  Viewing the site while yaakov talked and talked and talked  Ending Shabbat with seudah shlishit If only we had been in Bereshit  We were inspired by sams speech  Aspirations to be cool and frum in the reach  The night ended with a star gazing tochnit Around the bonfire we all did sit  By Rebecca Bornstein and Chloe...

Tisha Be’av with Sinai Tour

Yad vasham we came in tears And never forgetting the fears,  Loss that came as a cost 6m were killed and many were lost   But here we are today  Living the right way Standing with pride  For all those who died Sinus Chinam took place  Hatred towards the race People killing, people dying  Whilst Chanichim were crying  We watched a film which touched our heart In which we all took part  Including words that hurt  And actions which made people feel like dirt  When we needed to pee We legit just weed  Even tho it was a fast, we all had a blast  And baby d got a cast  Anticipation we arrived at the kotel   With flags on our backs  Quite frankly needing snacks  Dancing and singing  Whilst our heads were ringing  Breaking our fast on the coach was a joke Because none of us could cope  Counting down in 1,2,3,4 Stuffing our faces more and more. ~ Debbie Taj and Dina...

Second weekend on Sinai Tour

Friday morning, after a delicious breakfast we set off on the coach to the biblical zoo where some of us did fun and crazy initiative tests whilst others relaxed in the grass. We then made a quick visit to meah shearim where we spent some time shopping in Mannys before walking to machaneh yehudah market for some Friday afternoon shopping and lunch. We bought souvenirs, food and jewellery as well as 10 shekel gifts for each other which we exchanged on the coach. We then headed to the hotel, purchases in hand, in order to prepare for shabbat early so that we could get to the kotel in time for a quick shiur before kabbalat shabbat. After an uplifting erev shabbat davening which was shared at the kotel with many other tours from all over the world we headed to netiv aryeh yeshivah for a delicious but spicy dinner overlooking the kotel, before a heart rending tish sitting on the kotel plaza. We then enjoyed a long walk to the hotel, and went to bed ready for shacharit the next day. On shabbat morning, we enjoyed shacharit with Rabbi Andrew shaw of mizrachi joining us before a shiur, kiddush, and lunch. We then had two hours to shluf before a group game, minchah and a walk to the knesset where we spent time looking at the beautiful menorah sculpture outside the building and learning about the decoration on it. We returned to the hotel for seudah shlishit before mariv and havdalah. After shabbat we all walked to sacher gardens where IDF soldier Sam baum gave us a taste of...

First weekend on Sinai Tour

(To the beat of “staying alive”) Picking up where binny and viggy left off, We will continue the story of our Israel tour, On Friday we hiked on mount arbel, Although some of our number nearly fell, Later we had a mishna era experience, We rode donkeys on the heat, But ayals donkey was dead beat. And dinner was ok On shabbat we breaked from our hectic week, Although a visit a cow farm produced a few squeals, After the sun set we boarded the coach Tiberius bound, And listened to some sounds (A capella) as we sailed around, As Sunday arrived another hike was due, Climbing meron we enjoyed the view, We visited the grave of the rabbi bar yochai, Before travelling to Haifa to visit the gardens of ba’hai, We learnt about the Druze and had a supper that was yummy, Before arriving at our new hostel in the scenic village of shlomi, This morning we hiked for the best part of four hours, And then travelled to the prison for an audio visual presentation about the jews who escaped from that prison in akko in 1948 after blowing up the wall (and a tour) Then we enjoyed the views from a exciting cable car, Before watching another audio visual presentation about how the sea caresses the rocks but sometimes it may strike and pound the rocks, (Then we went in a grotto) We returned to the beautiful city akko, To hear a speech by a rabbi, Although many of our number took the opportunity to catch 40 winks. Now we are en route to the beautiful...

Day 8 of Sinai Tour 2015 

As the blinds were opened and the light penetrated our shortly rested eyes, we knew another day of tour had started. A beautiful shacharit led by one of our wonderfully gifted chanichim preceded another tasty breakfast. This was followed by each chanich filling up their water for the rest of the upcoming day and boarding the Sinai bus. Shmu’s sesquipedalian continued to entertain everyone who managed to stay awake on the way to our first activity, the Gush Katif museum. We watched video clips of the history of Gush Katif any when the Jewish population were evicted from the area, which triggered a range of emotions. On the whole, it was an excellent start to the day. Yad Sarah was next in the action-packed day. We started with a short movie of introduction to the charitable organisation that provides medical equipment for emergency situations. Many of us were amused by the tone of voice used in the movie when saying “yad saraaaah.” In good spirits, we split up into 2 groups to do some volunteering such us cleaning the wheels of used wheelchairs. The exciting prospect of meat sandwiches for lunch filled our hearts. The meal lived up to expectations. Feeling full and satisfied we moved on to the stalagmite caves which were truly mesmerising. We got back into the coach and headed to an unknown destination. We were greeted by the pleasant surprise that we would be cycling around Chirbat Midras. It was quite a competitive ride with many clandestine attempts made to overtake one another but it was all in good nature. After an exhausting day we...

Day 7 of Sinai Tour 2015 

We head downstairs to daven Shacharit and have breakfast before loading on to the coach and setting off to our first destination. The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. We split into groups for a treasure hunt and each one is given a map, a booklet and a tablet. Things are clearly getting serious. After an hour and a half of completing long and arduous tasks, we have a winner. The prize? The satisfaction of winning. A classic. We are feeling a bit drained after the taxing treasure hunt and so the sight our madrichim holding piles of steaming pizza boxes raise our spirits sky high. We then move on to The Blind Museum. We step far out of our comfort zones and are rewarded with an enlightening experience. Our guides are either visually impaired or blind and guide us around a pitch-black area, placing us in everyday situations and showing us how they are dealt with from a blind persons perspective. This includes simple errands and tasks like crossing a busy road or shopping for fruit in a market. Afterwards we are given the opportunity to talk to our guide and ask them questions about their lives without sight. The next stop is Machon Ayalon- a kibbutz and former bullet factory where bullets were secretly manufactured which essentially aided Israel in securing its independence. Later that evening the girls went to a karaoke place, singing their lungs out before taking Ben Yehuda street, whilst the boys play football and go swimming. A few hours later we give into our exhaustion and crash out, anticipation growing for the inevitably thrilling day ahead.Written...