We had a great first day in Israel but boy, was it a trek to get here! We started off our journey yesterday morning in Miami. The first leg of our trip was traveling to Toronto. There was a beautiful snow shower while we were there and it was the first time many of us ever actually witnessed a snowfall! We then embarked on the next leg of our journey- to Israel! We landed at Ben Gurion Airport and were greeted with songs and sweet treats by the Israeli participants who will be joining us for the next 10 days. We couldn’t be happier to have them! We continued our journey to northern Israel and finally arrived at Kibbutz Afik. Here we got to know each other better by playing a few different ice breakers including some that pushed our boundaries! Our first evening culminated in us celebrating the first night of Hanukkah together in Israel. We lit candles, ate sufganiot (traditional jelly doughnuts) and learned a Hanukkah song. Tomorrow will be busy day of hiking, soaking in natural hot springs and important geopolitical sites in the Golan. We can’t wait!