It was finally time to go to EKC and make even closer connections with our partnership cohort and Diller family. It was 3 o’clock and the excitement in the air was real. When we arrived, we quickly changed into our white attire and did our white parade. It was freezing but being together made everyone so much warmer. One of the many fun activities we did was about stereotypes between Americans and Israelis. They were all super enjoyable to watch and so funny.
Even though that was fun, we still learned a lot from it. It showed that even though there are stereotypes, looking around the room showed that not all of them are true. Later that night for the first half, Eyal and Diana ran a program about Shabbat. We did a text study and it started to get pretty heated between some of the Americans and Israelis. We also went around the room in a circle and wished on what we wanted for this Shabbat. Stomachs were growling by this point, so we headed down to the dinning hall and had a wonderful Shabbat dinner. We all got to catch up and make some even closer connections. We all sat scattered with both Israeli’s and Americans to get the full experience.
After dinner, we went back into our cabin and Eyal and Diana finished their program. We then went into our Maagal. It was super emotional but it felt amazing when everyone opened up. It was amazing feeling knowing how safe everyone felt with each other and that we will always be there for each other. When that was done, we finally had free time to relax, recollect ourselves, and get ready for Saturday. Some went to shower and lay in bed and some went to the common room to be with everyone. Oh yes, so we didn’t have our phones, (Shabbaton rules and Shabbat) so none of us were distracted with the outside world and could focus on what matters, being together. It was an amazing first day at EKC and a Shabbat I’ll never forget.
~ Abby Savitz
~ Abby Savitz