On Friday December 14th, 75 enthusiastic students from two Sydney Australia Jewish day schools (Sydney Moriah Collage & Masada) celebrated with children in the kindergarten of the Rebecca Seiff Centre for the Family (read more about this special WIZO project: http://www.wizo.org/wizo_activities/youth/women-projects-battered-6.html) in Jerusalem.
The students were part of the Israel Study Tour (IST), a seven week program, which included a week in Poland before spending six weeks in Israel. This program tour a deep and long-lasting sense of Jewish identity in the participants of this immersive program. They visited the Rebecca Sieff WIZO house in Jerusalem to celebrate kabbalat shabbat with the children from the kindergarten. The students were utterly charmed by the little children, who welcomed them with Shabbat songs and danced enthusiastically with their Australian guests. Ima and Aba shel Shabbat said the brachot over bread and wine and then everyone welcomed the weekend by participating in an energetic Zumba class together. Delicious cakes were made by the students in the Vocational High School's cooking track, which enables at-risk-youth and those with moderate to severe learning disabilities to study a vocational trade during their time at high school. This was the perfect start to a very special weekend for the young Australians.
For many years the IST cohort's itinerary has included this special Kabbalat experience with WIZO as a long standing tradition between WIZO Australia, IST cohorts and World WIZO. It is so important to strengthen the connection between Jewish youth around the world and Israel, especially through memorable and heart touching moments such as these.