Feb 16 Ovdat and Dimona! On to Jerusalem

We have left  Mitzpe Ramon and by evening arrived in Jerusalem – the last destination of the CAARI 2017 Program.  Another cold day and as we traveled north the wetter and windier  it got.  By the time we arrived at the Nabataean city of Ovdat – the incense route between Petra and Gaza – it is very cold!  The view and ruins were impressive and so was the wind and cold.  Even Neil shortened the tour!

On to the City of Dimona and a visit and tour with the Mayor Benny Biton,  Members of the Mayor’s staff welcomed us and gave us a tour of a room dedicated to the 138 soldiers from Dimona that sacrificed their lives.  All very moving and emotional.  Next, we saw some of the city artifacts that described the conditions the first settlers in this city lived in.   The Assistant Mayor, Ariel Lalush, briefed us. He described what changes have been made in the past 3 years.  Unbelievable!  And then we met Mayor Benny and we understood – his energy, dedication, enthusiasm, and vision were beyond words!  A wonderful lunch with the Mayor and his staff followed by a tour of the neighborhoods with Benny.  Some of us have been here before and we were surprised at the positive changes that have been made to this development town.  Mayor Benny cares about his community!
Thanks to Guy Abu Goz and Shimon Hayun who helped make this visit so sucessful and full of content for the CAARI program! Watch out Bibi Benny is on the way up!

On to Jerusalem!

CAARI 2017




Ellie and a Donkey at Ovdat

Yad LeBanim in Dimona pay respect to those that fell from Dimona
Mayor Benn in Middle, to the left vice Mayor Ariel Lalush and on right Nahum Eisenstadt

Mayor of Dimona Hugs Gloria and Elaine 2 CAARI Participants

Rabbi Turgeman Head of the Hesder Yeshiva in Dimona


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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