This is year was different than other years – why you ask? It is ‘shmita’ which mean that the land ‘rests’ on the 7th year and therefore, no tree planting. This year – KKL hosted families and CAARI to some forest activities, organized by a group of volunteers who are doing community service before their obligatory military service. Our guide, Guy, took us around to various ‘stations’ and the organized activities they designed for families. There was one that focused on Herzl and the Blue box – another where they discussed the meaning of smita. All very educational and informative – even CAARI learned more about the shmita! We enjoyed a short hike through Ben Shemen Forest and a picnic lunch with fresh fruits of Israel and tradtional burekas!
In the evening, some of us attended services at the synagogue down the street followed by our Shabbat Dinner.
Wishing all of you a Shabbat Shalom,