On the weekend of Lag Baomer, the girls boarded three busses to once again head North for the final multi-day tiyul of the year. This time, the destination was the Golan Heights. In the springtime after a winter with (Baruch Hashem) adequate rains, the Golan is stunningly beautiful in its lush greenery.
Thursday and Friday were spent hiking through the Golan's nature trails and learning about the strategic importance of the Golan and the Yom Kippur war by visiting sites associated with important battles and some inspiring acts of heroism.
On Shabbat the girls were joined at Moshav Keshet by the Haber, Katz, Markowitz and Twersky families. Motzaei Shabbat was Lag Baomer. Two busses full of girls made the relatively short trip to Har Meiron to participate in the festivities at the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, while the remaining students stayed back at Keshet for a traditional "medura" (bonfire).
On Sunday, before heading back to Yerushalayim, most of the girls embarked on a six-hour hike from the Golan all the way down to the Hula Valley below. Others joined the families for a day of "bonding" while visiting a number of child-friendly sites including a duck farm!
All in all, this tiyul left us all inspired and feeling very connected to our country, to our beautiful land, and to each other.