Submitted by Matt Lorch, University of Oklahoma Class 2013

Today started a little differently than the others. Waking up in the Bedouin tents, we were treated to a very minor sandstorm, one that impaired our vision slightly but really wasn't dangerous. It was a pretty cool experience to complete a night in the desert. After having breakfast at the camp, we boarded the bus and made the drive over to the Bedouin village of Lakiya. Lakiya was different than the rest of the Israeli towns we have visited. Buildings were in poorer shape and there was far more Arabic than Hebrew present in the town.

Submitted by Caitlin Plaut, Class of 2014

This was the day that we finally got to meet our soldiers!!  We started the day by eating more hummus and pita at breakfast in the
hotel.  Then we got on the bus to go meet our soldiers in Jaffa.  The anticipation was high, as everyone was so excited to add 7 new people
to our bus.  We arrived in Jaffa where our soldiers (clad in uniform) met up with our group.  After introductions, we all headed to the Jaffa Overlook.  The view was gorgeous!  The sea was bright blue, and the city of Tel Aviv rose in the background.


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Ever been catcalled, felt up, ogled or otherwise harassed walking down the street, dancing at a club, riding on the subway or just minding your own business? Yeah, thought so--us too.  That's why we love Hollaback! Co-founder and Executive Director, Emily May, and people all over the world are shaking things up with a smart phone, a website and the power of their stories. By collecting, sharing and mapping stories, Hollaback is making a movement to end street harassment. Now they are planning to bring it to college campuses. Check them out, post a story, or support their campus campaign to join in the fight.  And, look forward to more updates about Hollaback.

Submitted by Zach Epstein, Class of 2013

We began the day driving through Mitzpeh Gadot, an abandoned Syrian outpost and learned about Israel’s miraculous victory in the 1967 Six Day War as well as the war’s aftermath.

Soon we arrived at Tzfat, a center of Jewish mysticism that today is full of synagogues, alleyways, and art stores. After the destruction of the second temple, many rabbis headed from Jerusalem north to Tzfat. Glancing at the deep expanse of hills pointing toward Jerusalem, one can see how the rabbis were inspired to develop a new understanding of the Torah. In Tzfat they wrote the Mishnah, which is a commentary of the Talmud, which is a commentary of the Torah.

From, by Laura Stillman, whose son is a member of the 2012 graduating class

It was the worst of times, it was the best of times ......

With apologies to Mr. Dickens, I couldn't help but recall these words as I attended my son's graduation events this weekend. After a mere five years and a bit of a roller coaster ride to maturity, he graduated from Duke University with a bachelor's degree in English and a certificate in Documentary Studies.

We proudly watched as our son marched across the stage, and I examined his diploma to make sure it indeed was authentic. We took tons of pictures of family and finally left Duke for a celebratory lunch.

Submitted by Kayla Bakhshian, Class of 2015

We had a (super) early start to our jam packed day. The day began with a trip to the Golan to hike the Zafitan. While there were many times where I personally felt like I had to push myself, the rocky hike was well worth every single one of those moments. There were beautiful views and stops including two swims in a river running through the mountain. Another bonus was that the group became tighter as we all helped eachother through the steeper and more difficult parts of the hike.

After a long and exciting hike we boarded the bus and headed to a Druze village to eat what some call "The Best Falafel in Israel".  They were delicious to say the least.

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