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Snir Blog – December 7, 2018

Happy Hanukkah! This week we had a lot of activities for Hanukkah! At Kol Rinah Early Childhood Center, we made candle headbands and we colored them! And at Sunday School, we had Israel Defense Force (IDF) day! We learned about the different brigades and units, we went through basic training, and we did a challenging…

Lir Blog – December 7, 2018

Happy Hanukkah everyone!! This week at Sunday school at United Hebrew, we learned about a special event that happened 71 years ago – November 29, 1947 – The Partition Plan. It is the date that The United Nations General Assembly approved a plan for the partition of Israel. We played games that are related and learned some new…

Israel Legislative Mission Log: Day 5

Day 5: Ramallah and Jerusalem   Today we were greeted by chilly weather and constant rain, but in spite of this we carried on with an ambitious agenda. Our first stop was across the check point into the West Bank where our guide, a Palestinian-American journalist for the New York Times, provided context on the issues…

Israel Legislative Mission Log: Day 4

Above: Dinner with MK Yoel Hasson (Deputy Speaker of Knesset) Day 4: Nazareth and Jerusalem   Today was dedicated to discussions around national security and domestic issues facing Israelis. In the morning we had an opportunity to receive a security briefing from an expert in national defense and retired Lt. Colonel in the IDF (pictured…

Lir Blog – December 4, 2018

So now that I am back in Saint Louis after a very nice vacation, I am already settling in with my new Host Family House – the Smith Family. The Shinshinim live with different host families for a time period of about 3 months with each during the year that we are here in St….

Snir Blog – November 29, 2018

Hanukkah is coming! I am very excited for Hanukkah, and this week was full of activities and games for the upcoming holiday. At Kol Rinah Religious School, we played a trivia game about Hanukkah and answered challenging questions together. We also danced to a Hanukkah special version of “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake!…

Snir Blog – November 22, 2018

This week we had the National Shinshinim Conference! Both Lir and I flew to NYC to meet with all of our friends that we hadn’t seen in 3 months! We had an amazing tour in NYC, and we saw Times Square, Empire State Building, 9/11 Memorial, and many more fascinating places. After that, we traveled…