Wednesday, 23 April 2014

South African Friends Of Hebrew University - Newsletter 2014

Hi, everyone! 

Here is the SAFHU (South African Friends of Hebrew University) Newsletter for 2014. Within the newsletter you will find information about the upcoming Israel Expo, what has been happening lately at Hebrew U, as well as an article about my experience so far at RIS, Hebrew U and Bezalel.


Thank you Carmel Krawitz and SAFHU 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

B'hatzlacha (good luck) for the Next Half of the Semester!

I know that I will be wearing my Hebrew University Sweatshirt with pride! 

Pesach and Spring Break Traveling in and around Tivon.

My roommate Kira and I were fortunate enough to go traveling throughout the North of Israel during our last week of spring break. We ended up staying in Tivon - a small and quiet suburb just outside of Haifa. As neither of us had been to Haifa yet this trip was a new experience for the both of us.

Travel Time! 

Kira's Aunt's little apartment - too lovely!  

The Tivon sun set - I have no words for this magical beauty. 

The view of Haifa from Tivon. 

Waiting to catch a bus into the centre of Haifa. 

We went to Netanya for the day. What a magnificent place with the most natural beauty. 

 The beaches are just stunning. 

Myself and Kira on the Netanya promenade. 

Beautiful Butterflies. 

The view from the window on the way back from Netanya. 

Once again the beautiful Tivon sky. 

Our staple diet over the first few days. 

Those small things that I love about Israel? One of them is getting onto the bus and all the way from Haifa until we were halfway back from Jerusalem this boy was standing and praying. Priceless. Only in Israel. 

And we are back home from the most relaxing journey, after discovering Israel like a true Israeli - with backpacks on our backs! 

Chag Pesach Sameach / Passover In Israel

At the start of the Spring Break I was able to help host a ladies only 'Chocolate Seder' - a time for me to speak about Pesach and everything that I had learned with Tzipora, from Jeff Sidel. I brought a couple of friends and we sat and discussed Pesach, Pesach in Israel and even more so Pesach in Yerushalayim. This was so very interesting and a lovely way to bring in the Chag (festival).

All chocolate everything. 

This brought in Pesach in the sweetest and most exciting way. I believe our Chocolate Seder to be a success. 

Once I came back from Caesarea the cleaning began! I was able to clean the entire apartment and Kosher it for Pesach- and it turned out to be a whole load of fun! 

Koshering cutlery with my friend Benji! Yum...

Spick and Span

Once all the cleaning was done - it was then Seder time and Yom Tov! 

I decorated Bingo cards for the Seder table and called the game PINGO (Pesach Bingo). 

PINGO cards!

Seder Time!

On our way before Yom Tov comes in!

Chag Sameach everyone from my lovely friends and I! 

This is my Pesach message to all x 

This time last year I was praying that I could make this following status. This time this year, I pray that it continues. 

Chag Shameach from Yerushalayim. חג שמח מירושלים. 

I could not wish to be in any other place for such a significant time in our Jewish calendar. With the cleaning of restaurants, the light rail closing early, the Seder plans being discussed - you can truly feel the Pesach atmosphere today, wherever you go.

As I sit here and type this, I look onto a panoramic view of Jerusalem from my window and within my heart I can tell that I am home.

I wish everyone a chametz free, Hashem bound and all round spiritual Chag. The story that we read tonight is one containing utter beauty - so let's treasure our time reading it.

To my darling family - Larry GewerMelissa GewerDaniel Gewer and Sammy - words cannot describe how much I am missing you all at a time like this - but just know that you are here with me and I am at your Seder(s) with you. I LOVE YOU ALL.

And to everyone (including myself):

Leshana Haba'ah Be'Yerusalayim.
לשנה הבה בירושלים.

Spring Break in Israel - wow.

Tel Aviv:

My spring break started off with taking myself for the day to the Tel Aviv beach. This was the first time I had gone to the Bograshov beach in TLV, and oh my was it beautiful!

The sunrise from my window, in the early morning while still in Jerusalem. 

The beach was so quiet and untouched - do I love the Israel beaches. 

Such a wonderful day! 


A lovely day in Jerusalem with a darling friend - spent at coffee shops, the old train station, Emek Rephaim, Har Herzl and just walking around taking in the beauty that this land has to offer. 

The Old Train Station. 

I am a part of Jerusalem now. 

Our protection. The soldiers practicing for the Yom Ha'atzmaut Ceremony at Har Herzl. 

With a day like that how can you not feel ecstatic. 


A Shabbat and weekend away in Caesarea with my roommate, Mirit.

The sun set from the bus. 

ATV'ing through the Caesarea sand dunes!

Ancient synagogue ruins in Caesarea. 

Shabbat Shalom! 

And now for the Pesach cleaning and the continuation of Spring Break in Israel - all to follow...