Gloria Kaufman, and myself to the audience and she, who is fairly good with Hebrew spoke to the kids, mostly in English and then we sang a bit of one of the songs that both of us are using with our groups. The smiles on my kids were as wide as they could have been…..they make me feel so appreciated….nothing better than that. After the assembly, I watched as the kids put the floor mats and chairs back in their place so that the auditorium became a gymnasium once again…..no custodian around here!! And the groups I worked with were so responsive and seemed to enjoy themselves so much……a teacher in the room during my session said she enjoyed the singing and would miss me and the good times we appeared to be having…..I will, too!!!
THE HIKE – Manzur El Akeb
CAARI participants hiked the distance from the the Baron Rothchilds’ resting place to the Manzur El Akeb Arcaeological Site yesterday as the sun set. The hike was at the height of the winter wild flowers blossoming. white and pink Cycleman, red Anemones, wild Garlic, Hubesa (a green leafy local spinach and many other colorful wild flowers.
Once at Manzur el Akeb, CAARI toured the large 2nd Temple period ranch with Olive Press, Wine press, a winnowing area, indoor mikveh and underground storage, Manzur El Akeb was a Jewish family’s ranch/estate apparently burnt in 70 CE
The ranch was in use about 1500 years ago when a larger house was built. CAARI met the bus in Ramat HaNadiv to eat dinner in the ancient Port of Casarea built by King Herod the Great between 22-9 BCE as the largest man built port in the ancient world.