We arrived at the Juara military base on Sunday and we were split into two teams. We learned how to stand at attention with our feet in a V and our hands in a diamond behind our backs. Each team was assigned to a commander and were told in Hebrew “You have 10 seconds to run to that barracks, go!” A couple of Israelis (especially Eran) is took on the difficult task of translating the commander's Hebrew into English and our English into Hebrew. We then received olive green uniforms we would wear for the next 4 days. We were given 5 minutes to dress and then told to reassemble in lines which formed the Hebrew letter “chet”. Finishing the task wasn’t as important as being exactly on time and in the proper shape, two lines or a “chet”. The rest of the first day was fairly easy, we set up, served and cleaned up dinner, ran and formed lines or chets. At the end of each day we were given one free hour to shower, relax and get ready for the next day. Then we returned to the “chet” and our commander said good night to us.
SHALOM! Last weekend we were brought into new and tasty environments- to the homes of our new Israeli friends! We stayed at Tomer’s home in the German colony of Jerusalem, immediately welcomed by Tomer’s family with hugs, kisses, and LOTS of food.