Community Service and visit to the Biblical Nature Reserve

Sunday, 29 January.  The weather was not so great over the weekend, but that didn’t stop the CAARI group!  They shopped, walked, visited friends and relatives and enjoyed a lovely Shabbat Dinner and Oneg Shabbat!  Now – rested and relaxed we began a new exciting week to welcome in the month of Shvat!
Following our morning community service, we boarded the bus for a trip to Neot Kedumn, the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel.  It is located halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. This unique Biblical setting allows visitors to see life as it was lived by our ancestors 3,000 years ago. 

After a ‘biblical lunch’ our biblical expert, Ya’ir, guided us through this magical setting.  The panorama view was extraordinary, as we could see the skyline of Tel Aviv, another view was the Judean Hills, with both Arab and Jewish communities.  As we walked through the nature reserve, Ya’ir discussed the various plants, trees and shrubs and their biblical reference.  For example, hyssop, which we know as tasty za’atar is mentioned several times in the Bible.  Ya’ir, surprised us with mortar and pestle for us to grind the fragrant hyssop.   We learned about the importance of water in the times of the Bible and the seven species – which we all can now name! 


We loved seeing the blossoming almond trees, which is a sign of spring in Israel!  In Israel, the almond trees are a better predictor of spring than the groundhog!  

Several of the CAARI  participants will be leaving tonight and 9 new participants will be joining the CAARI family!   

The Canadian American Active Retirees in Israel, CAARI, offers active seniors a unique opportunity to experience Israel. The program is designed to explore the biblical landscapes, follow the footsteps of the early pioneers, and envision the future of our Homeland. The CAARI Program includes community service, toursa speakers forum and the camaraderie of the CAARI Family. The Program is designed for to feel, touch, hear and see Israel from the mountains to the desert, from sea to sea, and from ancient to modern.

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