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6 Southeastern Virginia Jewish News June 1, 2003 HAT students pack their bags - and away they go! Eighth grade begins cross country trip By Linda Hoffman Hurry up, get on board, we need to get going." These are the words that the eight eighth grade students heard early Mon- day morning, April 28. They met in the parking lot of Hebrew Academy with Mrs. Sara Glenn and Mrs. Linda Hoffman to begin their senior trip. Due to the world situation, the trip is a United States tour of some sites known for their Jewish content. The tour began with a long drive to New York City. Our dri- ver, Solomon Lieberman, kept us occupied with challenging ques- tions concerning the equal divi- sion of apples among friends. He wouldn't accept answers like, "We give up." His reply was that it is always easier to give up. Upon our arrival in New York, our fabulous guide, Ron Singer, a native of Israel, met us. Ron is an educational guide who works for Oranim, the company who organized our trip. Ron's excite- ment and enthusiasm for all the sights and activities is conta- gious to us all. Our sightseeing began in New York with a visit to the Empire State Building. Monday evening we met with representatives of the WZO, World Zionist Organi- zation, for a discussion about Israel and its right to exist. One student commented about this part of the trip, "The lights of Times Square at night were gor- geous. It made me feel like I was part of something big, because I've heard of it before." Tuesday, we visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the Jewish Museum, and the Museum of Natural History. In the evening at Yankee Stadium we watched the Yankees lose to the Seattle Mariners. We then continued on to Newport, Rhode Island, where we visited one of the oklest synagogues in the Unit- ed States, the Touro Synagogue. In Boston, Massachusetts, we were met by a local guide, who packed a lot of information into a bus tour following the Free- dom Trail. He complimented our students on their knowledge of American History. We enjoyed a good dinner at the Hil- lel House at Boston University. Then it was on to Buffalo and Ellis Island tour. ttAT students at the Museum of Natural History in New York, Niagara Falls. We were all over- whelmed by the beauty and power of the falls and the exhil- arating shower of mist we expe- rienced aboard the Maid of the Mist. According to Brian Park- er, Niagara Falls was misty, wet, yet exciting. Rachel Kozak said, "I thought it was pretty, even though I was soaked from the mist." Our journey took us to Cleve- land, Ohio, for a spiritual Shab- bat shared with families of the Jewish community of Beach- wood. Igor Vasefirer enjoyed walking the streets of Beach- wood and seeing Jewish people everywhere. "It felt nice to be part of the neighborhood." Ricki Nachman had the best time hanging out with her new Jewish girlfriends. Bern Glasser said, "I enjoyed meeting new friends and playing baseball with them." Our students spent Shabbat afternoon with the Bnai Akiva Youth Group, participating in social activities and davening mincha. Rodion Kremen said that Motzei Shabbat at the home of one of the host families, watching a movie and enjoying popcorn and ice cream was great fun. Tomorrow it is on to San Francisco! Young travelers in front of the golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Students daven in the ballroom of the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco. Wet and happy aboard the Maid of the Mist tout" at Niagara Falls. Rodion Kremen Yisroe! Stopping to reflect during a nature walk at Carmel, CA. Eighth Grade Trek By Sara Glenn and Unda Hoffman As our lust installment ended, the eighth graders and their chaper- ones were preparing for their flight to San Francisco. We left from Cleveland on Sunday afternoon and arrived in San Francisco at 9:30 pxn. It was offto our hotel for a good night's sleep before begin- ning a round of sightseeing. We began Monday morning with breakfast at the Sabra Grille located in Chinatown. Then it was on to Muir Woods. Our guide, Ron Singer, led us on a nature walk through this beautiful park, point- ing out the immense and impres- sive giant redwood trees. We reboarded our comfortable tour bus and continued to the ferry to Alca- traz Island where we toured the old prison. Igor Vasefirer said that it was interesting seeing the old prison and even the cell said to have been occupied by AI Capone. Then it was back to Fishermen's Wharf for a visit with the colony of wild sea lions who make that bit of water their home. In the words of Brian Parker, 'q'he weather was perfect and I liked Fishermen's Wharf with the different shops?' : ::! ....... ................ {continued) We went shopping on Pier 39, taste of fine chocolate. We back to Sabra Grille on a cable cat that took us up the hills of Sa Francisco. Rachel BeCier remarked on how much slae enjoyed riding the cable car through the city and up the laill.s. She said, "I liked ,seeing the beaUl" ful architecture of San Franci hSl  and had a good time on the caOJ Car." Tuesday was occupied with a drive and visit to Yosemite NatiOtl" al Park. Although the drive to the CONTINUED ON pAO| 15..