On Tuesday and Wednesday, the 19th and 20th of Elul (September 8-9), our Shana Bet talmidot set out for their annual jeep tiyul to Machtesh Ramon in the Negev. As usual, the girls had an amazing time jeeping, hiking, cooking out and sleeping under the stars in the pristine desert - a beautiful way to connect with Eretz Yisrael.
Special circumstances this year, however, required a change in itinerary. Leaving Yerushalayim early on Tuesday morning on their way to the Negev, the girls made a detour to...Ben Gurion Airport! The occasion was the arrival of a Nefesh b'Nefesh Aliyah flight. Two of the new immigrants on that flight were their friends from last year's Shana Aleph (5769) - Jessica Friedman and Gila Leipnick! Mazal Tov to Jessica and Gila!