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April 28, 1989 - Image 100

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-04-28

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Jerusalem Experience
Turns Teens On To Israel

MARNI AARONSON
ERICA WATNICK

Special to The Jewish News

H

ear 0 Israel, Hashem
is our God ; Hashem
the One and Only."
This prayer signifies the
essence of Judaism. Until our
group participated in "The
Jerusalem Experience," we
had no understanding of this
prayer. After spending eight
days in Israel, however, it
became more meaningful.
Twenty specially selected
teens from Detroit par-
ticipated in the Jerusalem
Experience, sponsored by the
Central East Region of the
National Conference of
Synagogue Youth and led by
Rabbi Mark Cohn, regional
director.
The Orthodox men and
women we had come across
since leaving the United
States symbolized the total
Jewish existence we would be
living for the next eight days.
A tour through King
David's Tomb and a small
Holocaust exhibit yielded
many pictures, but mostly a
better understanding and an
unforgettable impression.
We spent time learning
about the Six-Day War. We ac-
tually walked through tren-
ches and climbed on tanks
used during the war. It was
hard to believe that a war
took place in this renovated
children's park, perhaps
under our very feet.
Later that night, the group
gathered for songs and stories
in a bomb shelter. Three
soldiers joined in and told of
their experiences in various
divisions of the army.
The next days, proving to be
very emotional, included a
visit to Yad Vashem, par-
ticularly the Children's
Memorial. Soothing music
greeted us with voices of men
and women reciting names of
the deceased. About 1.5
million flames surrounded us,
all reflecting from the light of
one single candle. This was
our first moment to think, as
we walked in requested
silence, and those of us who
weren't crying were deep in
thought. The reality of the
whole ordeal hit hard, and we
were given a chance to say a
prayer, in which most of us

Marni Aaronson and Erica
Watnick are members of the
Central East Region of the
National Conference of
Synagogue Youth.

92

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1989

Scaling Masada are, from left: Marcy Levine, Allysia Maltzman, Aaron
Goch, adviser David Winter, Brian Feldman, Mike Zerkel and Stacy
Bloch.

took part, for those children
in a special room.
We later met with a group
of teenage schoolgirls and
found that their lives differed
little from ours, and that we
all had a lot in common. Our
day ended after a scribe
demonstrated the art of mez-
zuzah making.

Shabbat was the most in-
spiring day of our trip. We
spent Friday shopping for
various cakes, candies, fruits
and nuts. The streets became
flooded with people rushing
to buy last minute items
before sundown. After sunset,
the streets were mellow and
peaceful.
The next morning, as we ap-
proached the Western Wall, a
daily morning ritual for us,
smiling faces wished us Shab-
bat Shalom. That afternoon,
we experienced a midday
Shabbat meal with various
host families where we were
given a true taste of Jewish
culture. As Shabbat faded,
the city streets once again
became crowded by night life.
We joined the festivities,
eating falafel and socializing
with the Israelis.
When we went to Masada,
we learned of the palace that
once existed there and walk-
ed through its ruins. We
discussed how the Jews lived
and died for their religion
[there] and now: we would do
the same.
Our next stop was Ein Gedi.
Some played in the water, the
others soaked up the scor-
ching rays. The Dead Sea, the
last experience of the day, was
definitely a highlight. The
teens performed the ritual of
caking on mud, floating in
the salty water and shower-
ing the remains from burning
skin.

On the morning of the last
day, bar and bat mitzvah ser-
vices for Joel Glass and Mar-
cy Levin, respectively were
held at the Western Wall.
This brightened our other-
wise gloomy spirits, as none
of us were ready to leave.
After eating, we returned to
the Wall for a tour of its hid-
den underlayer.
The group was the first of
its age to enter the Knesset.
Heavy security greeted the
group as it walked toward the
Parliament Building. Harry
Horowitz talked to the group
and answered questions.
A special banquet at a
Kosher Chinese restaurant
preceded the long flight
home.
Leaving the beautiful Holy
Land brought tears, but the
teens did not say goodbye.
Israel is a home away from
home. The teens would all be
back.



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