In Israel, this week is the beginning of Passover
Spring Break. Kids of all grades and ages are jumping up and down for joy as
they prepare to take off on a day trip or hang out with friends locally. Our
girls are blessed with a great pre-holiday program, specially designed to give
them a combination of fun, education, and excitement. Here's the itinerary that Bracha Runes, our
Programs Director and her able staff arranged for our precious girls.
Retail Therapy: Shop, Buy and
What girl doesn't like to shop?
The girls at the Rubin-Zeffren Children's Home are no different than their
counterparts around the world. According to their age, each of them will get a
cash allowance and will go to a nearby IKEA store and find an item within their
means, and then enjoy a snack at IKEA's cafeteria.
Girls to Tour Ornat Chocolate Factory near Ra'anana
You don't have to be a 'chocoholic' to enjoy
visiting and sampling these luscious goodies – but who can resist a
smooth chunk of chocolate? The Ornat Factory, founded in 1987, was the first
manufacturer of handmade, hand-wrapped kosher Belgian chocolates in the
country. Today it runs a visitor center and factory store in Gush Tel Mond and
supplies chocolate to many hotels and the airport duty-free shop, and sells
items in cities such as London, Paris and New York – especially before major
When the girls heard they were going to Ornat, they yelped with
joy as their mouths began to water in anticipation of this chocolaty special
Walking beneath the canopy of fresh budding trees in
this lovely forest will be one of the most relaxing and
enjoyable experiences for our girls. The strong heavy tree trunks, the fine
lacy spring green leaves and the rich brown earth beneath their feet will
provide a sense of calm that only nature can provide.
This community forest, in the full sense of the
word, is nurtured by the people of the nearby towns -
especially Kadima and Tzoran. Although the forest area is only 250 dunam
(almost 62 acres) in size, it is quite beautiful and sufficient. In the center
of the forest, the girls will enjoy the park with picnic tables and the
playground area. Later on, for those who
want quiet time away from the crowds, the edges of the forest offer a peaceful
Kadima Forest's flora includes pine and eucalyptus
trees. In Kadima's Nature Reserve, located near the forest, flowers
and shrubs are most impressive. The girls will spend their day completely
ensconced by the relaxing verdant views.
Park Alona/MeiKedem – Ancient Waters
Adding to the girls' array of Pre-Passover Day Camp
activities is yet another nature site in Northern Israel near Binyamina.
Walking paths, hiking trails, and waterfalls adorn Park Alona.
The Mei Kedem Water Tunnel - built by the Romans, is
a complex water system stretching from the Ein Tzabirin Springs to the
aqueducts in Caesarea. A network of canals, tunnels, clay pipes and aqueducts
transported the water from the springs (23 km. northeast of the city) to the
city port. The girls will explore a 280-meter stretch of a 6-km. tunnel in
Alona Park which is right near Binyamina and Zichron Yaakov. They will first
view a short film beforehand, followed by a guided tour of the water tunnel – a
kids' favorite adventure!
Day trip to Ramat Hanadiv
Yet another stimulating day trip for the girls will
be at Ramat HaNadiv which lies at the southern end of Mount
Carmel, between Zikhron Ya'akov and Binyamina. It's a natural gem of a
location, dedicated to the memory of the wealthy philanthropist, Baron Edmond
de Rothschild. Ramat Hanadiv's vision focuses on the creation of sustainable
interactions between man, nature and the environment. In this context, great
efforts have been invested in innovative management techniques, scientific
research, environmental education, outdoor recreational activities, and
The girls will relish Ramat Hanadiv's Memorial
Gardens, the Nature Park, and the Visitors Pavilion.
Besides these sites, there are also circular hiking trails suited to walkers of
all capabilities. The trails are studded with observation points that include
Mediterranean scenery and the remnants of ancient human settlement. In view is
also a spring hidden in greenery. Birds of prey are also kept in
acclimatization cages and are prepared for their release back into nature,
which is part of Ramat Hanadiv's efforts to re-establish and preserve the fauna
of the land of Israel.
Without the unwavering support of our dear friends
and donors, our girls would not be able to enjoy these magnificent sites that
build wonderful childhood memories and help to eradicate some of the pain and
suffering the girls have already undergone in their young lives.
To sponsor an educational and
exciting field trip, click here!