This morning, we had a short ceremony at Modeh Ani to wish our 8th graders a "N'siya tovah"- a safe journey to Israel. We blessed them the traveler's prayer and heard from them about what they are looking forward to experiencing while in Israel, many for the first time. This trip is more than just a class trip- it is an opportunity to connect to their roots and heritage. For many of these students, they have been waiting for this trip since they were in Kindergarten at Tehiyah, and now this time has come. The 8th graders depart on Wednesday evening for Israel, and will return to Tehiyah May 15 with stories and picture to share.
You will be able to follow along with the 8th grade adventure in Israel through their blog. We will have a map posted near the office which will track where the students are in Israel each day as well. Rabbi Tsipi, Keren Asayag, Ben Zell and myself are this year's chaperones. We look forward to sharing the class experiences with you through the blog and Kol Tehiyah updates.