Friday, January 13 – A 2000 year old Boat!

The day began with the sumptuous Israeli breakfast and they serve some breakfast here at the Dan Carmel.   The group boarded with bus and began the journey to the ancient port city of Dor, located at Kibbutz Nacshalim to meet Kurt Raveh an underwater archaeologist who was our guide for the day.  Some of us knew Kurt from past CAARI programs and always impressed with his knowledge, experiences and his love for Israel – his adopted home.   Kurt was instrumental in assisting with the recovery of the 2000 year old boat found in the Sea of Galilee, near Nof Ginosauer.  He described the amazing story of how the boat was found and recovered.  We were all impressed with how they overcame the problems in the recovery of the ship and more impressive was the ship itself.   We were told the story of how the boat was secured and the foam applied to protect the wood (that under water for all those years) the boat was put in water and slowly added wax.  One problem –  worms began attacking the wood.  So…what they did they do…used goldfish to eat the worms.   Back to the hotel for a quick rest before the traditional Shabbat Dinner.    The group was impressed with the number of your families who came to celebrate Shabbat, the camaraderie of families, the children and singing and the variety of foods.   For us, it was a joyful introduction to Israel.  We were also impressed with the warmth, humor and friendliness of the group.  Looking forward to the coming days! 
Shabbat Shalom,
CAARI 2013

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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