I just celebrated my first Independence Day in Israel. It was almost just like 4th of July in America, but more special and personal.
All the Jewish Holidays begin at sundown, even secular Israeli holidays. It started on Monday night and I went to my adopted family on the Kibbutz for Dinner. I have the best family on my kibbutz. Idan is my friend from Summer Camp the past three years and his family has adopted me. After Dinner we went to the Kibbutz’s celebration. They had sing-a-long Israeli songs and then a play from the Kids. The play was about the illegal immigration that took place prior to the founding of the State of Israel. My kibbutz played a big role in receiving ships on our beach in the middle of the night because the British would not let any Jews in to Israel. Afterwards there was a fireworks show. I was very impressed at the amount of fireworks and it lasted only about five minutes.
The next tradition on יום העצמאות is to go out and party. I didn’t have any plans so I just started calling friends. I ended up meeting up with Or and Yael, camp friends, and went to a big house party in a very nice part of North Tel Aviv. I ran into Michal, her boyfriend, and a guy from my Kibbutz. Who would ever guess that I would run into people I know at a party in the middle of nowhere… I stayed until 1am or 2am and then went to meet up with more friends in downtown Tel Aviv, a area called Florentine. This is where Arielle lives, but she was on our last kibbutz…Sad day. Florentine was packed with High Schoolers. I could not more at all, hundreds of kids, just drunk out of their minds partying in the street. I have never seen anything like it. My friends and I got tired of all the stupid kids so we went to go to a bar outside of Florentine. We ended up staying out until 6:30am in the morning just people watching and having a lot of fun. I didn’t get back to my room until 7:30am. Now you may think this is a bit late to be out, but everyone was like this. Night life is a lot different in Tel Aviv than anywhere in Colorado. When I returned to my room, I realized that I had to go to a BBQ with my family in three hours…so I went right to sleep. I woke up in time and made it to my families house. We then drove to a friend of there’s in the south. It was a very nice place but pretty hot. I ate so much, it was all meat meat and more meat. So good. We hung out there for quite awhile and then returned home just at the end of the day. I went right to sleep.
Well, I can’t wait until next year now. I am now currently waiting for a flight in the Prague Airport, Amsterdam in a few more hours. I can’t wait to see my Mom and Grandma.