Rainy Forest Day – Feb. 8

Another rainy forest day – disappointing! But, our leaders, Susan and Neil, came up with a great ‘game’ plan! We boarded the bus around 9:30, giving us a chance to ‘sleep in’ after our long day in the Negev on Monday. As skies were clearing, we headed off to Jerusalem. First stop, the dramatic Chagall Windows at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. Just beautiful! One of the representative spoke to us about the work that is being done here, including the Da Vinci Laser, a robot for abdominal surgery that leaves no scar – now being used at the hospital. Next, it was outside to see the trauma center with the heliport atop it, that can function on its own for a month in case of emergency, the 3 story addition to what is now the Charlotte Bloomberg Mother and Child Center and the spectacular new Davidson Tower – about half-built – which will have 19 stories,
Then – with our bagel lunch in tow – we headed for Latrun – Israel’s Tank Memorial and Museum where we enjoyed our lunch under sunny skies.
This is the site of many tank battles during the War of Independence. We had a guide who was born in L.A. and is almost finished with his service who was absolutely wonderful in explaining about the tanks and the improvements the Israelis have made.

Before heading home, we stopped at Canada Park where many of the Canadians recognized the names of donors. Lovely JNF Park for all to enjoy!

Another great day – rain or shine!
CAARI 2011
(contributed by Rosalie Whitehill)

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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