On the 7th night of Hannukah, we did a special tour of an old Jewish quarter outside of Jerusalem at night to watch the residents light their ornately detailed menorahs. It was so nice. Each family came out and lit the candles, sang songs, and made the celebration truly meaningful. Our kids loved it and took part in the "festival of lights".
On the final night of Hannukah We celebrated Max's Bar Mitzvah at a really fun cocktail/dance party in Tel Aviv hosted by Max's grandparents. What began as a warm evening honoring Max turned into a super fun dance party with all of Max's cousins from both Israel and the United States. It reminded me again how special it is to be part of a big family.
Jonah has become quite the skateboard fan, and we took him to the Galit Skatepark in Tel Aviv for some high flying action. The Galit skatepark was nominated as one of the top 10 skateparks in the word. When I saw the graffiti walls, the day turned into a full-blown photo shoot! Had the best time! My Edy, as always, was the star in front of the camera with her younger cousins enjoying their turn in front of the lens too!
We finished our trip with a family adventure to the Midras ruins where the kids were able to crawl through caves carved under the earth by the people in 200 AC. The ruins are part of the Adulam Grove Nature Reserve with stunning views during our hike. The day ended with a gorgeous sunset on a nearby farm enjoying the freshest hummus and goat cheese you could imagine (from the goats you see below) and served to us by the cutest pee-wee sized daughter of the farmer. Amazing day!
Israel has so much to offer and we love to give the kids a rich experience each visit to the holy land. The kids ended their vacation with a sunset surf in Tel Aviv and they felt it was one of the most beautiful and zen-like sporting moments of their life. Goodbye Israel see you in 2016.