Friday, August 14, 2009

Shabbat on the Kibbutz

Shabbat Shalom everyone!

This weekend is an 'open shabbat' for the Garin. This phrase 'open shabbat' is one I'm going to have to get used too. It means that this weekend we are allowed to leave the Kibbutz to visit friends or family elsewhere. Most of the people in the Garin bolted for the gate as soon as possible. I decided to stay for Shabbat. Mostly because Brett isn't open for this shabbat. That has something to do with the fact that he's being released from the Army on Monday!

Anyway...an open shabbat on the Kibbutz starts Thursday afternoon. The kibbutz gives people rides down to Naharia, a major rail hub of Israel. For the nine of us staying on the kibbutz its mostly a chance to relax. Yesterday evening those who stayed went go karting a bit down the mountain. I don't want to brag, but I did get the best lap time.

Tonight will be shabbat dinner in the dining hall and fun at the pub. The rest of the Garin doesn't return until Sunday evening...so we have ample time to relax.

Shabbat Shalom everyone, hope yours is as relaxing as mine will be!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A New Life!

Here it is loyal blog readers...its my first offical documentation of Israeli citizenship. Its called a Teudat Oleh. Basically it is an immigrant's first ID and a documentation of all his/her benifits from the government.Its one of those documents that seems pretty useless when you first get it. For instance, I would like to open a bank account. Why, because without a bank account I can't get a cell phone or get money. The cell phone being more important to me right now.

Anyway, despite the fact that my Teudat Oleh does have my official Israeli ID number, it is insufficient to actually open the bank account or get the cell phone.It is one of those documents that when you need it, you really need it. You need it to set up your Sal Klitah, the government stipened for new Immigrants during they first 6 months. I'm also eligable for 6 months of unemployment after the Sal Klitah runs its course. You need your Teudat Oleh to get these benefits.

To read more about the benefits of an Oleh Chadash in Israel check out this link here.


Here's my horrible picture...absolutely aweful. Why are my ID pictures always so bad? Anyway, the number under the artful grey censorship is my official ID number for the State of Israel. Sort of like a social security number. Like the social security number in the US its needed for almost everything important. Unlike in the US, the numbers are issued in numerical order. All my friends who are previous immigrants have closely examined my number and said things like: "Wow they're already in the 33's." or "Yeah mines a 31, but I came 7 years ago."

Tomorrow afternoon is the offical opening of Garin Tzabar 2009. There will be a ceremony at Tel Aviv University. 215 particpants will be inducted into the project for this year and we will be living at 9 different Kibbutzim. The most in the history of the project! You can watch the ceremony online tomorrow morning at 7am EST. Check out the link here.

I'll try to post again soon, but no promises. After the cermony we are moving to the Kibbutz and I don't really know what the situation will be for the first few days.

P.S. I just posted some pictures of my summer trip to Boston! Check them out at my Picasa website.
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