Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Eretz Yisrael here we come!

We have plane tickets in hand for our trip to Israel! Some of you may recall that we were supposed to go with our shul last year but then the trip got cancelled. This time we decided not to rely on the shul trip and are heading to Eretz Yisrael on our own. PHD has been traveling there at least 2 times a year for as long as he can remember so he has an idea of what he would like to do while there. I, on the other hand, have ideas of my own! We of course plan to visit with the Treppenwitz family and are hoping to even have waffles with the Jameel.

And now, PHD has asked me to make a list of all the places I want to go so that he can do some planning for us. The Dead Sea is a must, so we already have hotel reservations there. Anyone else care to offer up suggestions? I would like to go to Ma'arat HaMachpela (but it's going to take some convincing to get PHD to go there), Kever Rachel (another one that is going to take some convincing), Safed, but where else is a must see? (Sadly, Yad Vashem may be out because they only allow children over 12 in the museum and boy is that going to make LO mad!)


The Babka Nosher said...

Ammunition Hill is really cool. If I remember correctly, it's near Rehovoth... not far from Tel Aviv. LO would really enjoy it. There was an underground ammunition factory beneath the kibbutz - they still have all the working machinery. The tour is amazing!

Jack's Shack said...

If you are going to talk about Givat Hatachmoshet you have to listen to the song.

Jack's Shack said...

Ammunition Hill.

The Babka Nosher said...

Jack - I'm sure the song is excellent... but my conversational Hebrew is non-existent!

Leah in Chicago said...

Mt. Herzl for the Zionism diorama/theater experience thing. Sounds cheesy, but it is very educational. I learned a ton and I was... 28? 29? when I went.

If you have time and low expectations, go to Mini Israel "See it all, but see it small." A hysterical, fun way to spend a few hours and see ALL of Israel.

And the Bahai Gardens in Haifa.

um, and the old city, that goes without saying, right?

Rivster said...

Why will PhD need convincing for those choices? Is it the saftey concern??

Although not religious, I love Rahel's grave (the poet not the matriarch) on the Kinneret. Sitting there and reading her poetry is so moving. You can really feel her yearning for our Homeland.

Going to place in Tel Aviv where the Declaration of Independance was declared is a little cheesy but so worth it. I get goosebumps EVERY time I go there.

Kibbutz Degania is terriric also.

With God's Help, this will not be the final trip you take so you need not pack everything into one trip. Most importantly, cushion in time to just walk around Israel. Eat. Soak it up. Enjoy.

orieyenta said...

BN - turns out that in all his trips, PHD has never been there so this is a good one for us - thanks!

Jack - Care to translate the song?

Leah - I'm trying to not let LO in on the fact that this will be an "educational" experience for her. As soon as I throw in that word - she'll start kvetching. LOL

Rivster - Yes the safety concerns. He hasn't said an all out NO yet but he sure is leaning that way. Thankfully I have some time to do some convincing. Thanks for the other suggestions, I'll check those out. And I agree, we don't need to pack everything into this trip. With PHD's family in Tel Aviv and a family apartment that is almost always available for us in Jerusalem, it will make it easy for us to return.