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Birthright 2017

Norwood Birthright Tours to Israel

For the first time ever, you can follow your son/daughter, granddaughter/grandson, niece/nephew, cousin or friend while they embark on a trip of a lifetime to Israel with Norwood.

Norwood’s Birthright trip, in partnership with UJIA, will be taking eight young people who we support on a ten-day programme to visit some of Israel’s key sites and enjoy a cultural experience that will enable them to engage meaningfully with their Jewish heritage.

Enjoy watching the young people’s exploits as they visit sites, such as the Galil, Western Wall and the Dead Sea, and take part in fun and educational activities, assisted by a dedicated team of support workers.

It all kicks off on 21 November, so visit us then to stay updated on this incredible journey.


Day 1



Day 2

Today we woke up and had breakfast at our hotel B'nai Dan in Tel Aviv. We began with an opening session where everyone introduced themselves on our very own dress up catwalk! Next we looked at the map of Israel and spoke about where we would be visiting today, a place called Kfar Kedem in Northern Israel.

At Kfar Kedem the group got a real taste for what everyday life was like 2000 years ago. We dressed up in traditional clothes that would be worn in biblical times, rode donkeys (no cars back then!) and baked our own fresh, delicious pita bread. At the end of a busy day, we arrived at our hotel for the next 2 days, called Beit Kay, ate dinner and enjoyed an evening programme of arts and crafts. Then it was off to sleep in time for another busy day tomorrow.

I loved stroking the donkeys and riding them. I was also interested by the equipment that was used a long time ago to make pita bread.




Day 3

Today was fun and very active! We started with an early morning breakfast and then got on the bus to visit Ahula Valley, a beautiful green nature reserve. We hired golf buggies to drive ourselves around the reserve and saw lots of exotic birds and a beaver. The group have decided to name the beaver, Justin. Yes, that would be Justin Beaver!

Everyone had a fantastic time and enjoyed lunch together surrounded by the lush scenery before we moved on to our second stop of the day.

At Teva Ez, a goat farm, the whole group got involved with feeding the mother and baby goats. Next up was milking the goats which was of course followed by making our own goats cheese which went well with our home made pita bread! We've now arrived back at hotel Beit Kay for dinner and an evening session where we will be painting T-shirts.



Day 4

The day kicked off with an early start -- breakfast at seven, then we checked out of the hotel at Bnei Dan and drove to Lily Sharon, a park just outside Akko. Then it was time for some monkeying around; the group took to the treetops for some team building and high rope exercises. Everyone took part in all the activities: swinging, going on the zip line and abseiling down a tree.

After all that exercise we headed to the Old Town of Akko for a well-deserved lunch. We crossed the moat and drove through the arch taking us into the historic city. After a delicious lunch we went for a stroll in the park and then boarded the coach ready for the drive down to Jerusalem.

We will soon arrive at Ramat Rachel for dinner and then our evening session where we'll be making candles and decorating kippot ready for Shabbat tomorrow.

I climbed the tree and I felt like I was flying!




Day 5

Today the group spent time in the magical old city of Jerusalem, Israel. After winding through the alleyways and narrow passages, we arrived at the Kotel (Western Wall), all that remains of the 2nd Temple.

This was the most spiritual part of the tour and we are now back at the hotel getting ready for an amazing Shabbat in Jerusalem.



Days 6,7 & 8

On Saturday morning (Shabbat) we had a chilled day with drama in the morning and swimming in the afternoon. In the evening we went to the spectacular light and sound show at the Tower of David in Jerusalem followed by a little shopping time in Mamilla street.

On Sunday we had a packed day. We woke up early and headed to the biblical zoo and saw some amazing animals. Everyone was given a task of observing one animal and teaching the group how to dance like the animal. Gabrielle did a great impression of a kangaroo!

After the zoo we had a pizza lunch and then headed to Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum). We walked through and learnt about the bravery of everyone who was lost in the Holocaust and the heroes who saved many lives. We then talked about all the brave things each of us had done so far on this trip. The theme of the afternoon was bravery. We then went back to the hotel and in the evening had a fantastic music session with dancing, singing and playing the instruments.

Today began with another early start as we made our way to Masada. We all climbed into the cable car and flew up the mountain. The journey up was made very entertaining by Adam’s dancing which got the whole group up and about! Once we reached the top we heard the story of Masada and went over to echo point , a spot where everyone could look out into the distance and hear their own echoes.

After Masada we made our way to the dead sea hotel for lunch followed by a quick class is applying mud and a long float in the sea. Everyone had a fantastic time! We're now on the bus back to Jerusalem for dinner and a movie before an early night sleep.