Over the course of four weeks, twenty nine teens from Israel and North America backpacked over 210 kilometers of Israel's most beautiful terrain in three separate groups, each with three staff.
Along the Israel Trail, the groups learned outdoor, leadership and teamwork skills such as cooking, campsite setup and map reading. "The groups formed inseparable units that developed beyond language and culture. Living outside together is a 'real' way to connect - both to each other and the Land," said Yael Ukeles, founder & director of Derech Hateva, a program of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.
The groups rock climbed, biked, volunteered, trekked through the desert with camels and even celebrated Shabbat in the woods. "Nothing could have prepared me for the incredible experience I had," Daniella Z. shared with a huge smile. Shuli R. agreed and added "It was totally different than sitting in a bunkhouse; we weren't learning Judaism, we were living it!"
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