Jerusalem Roots Camp 2016

Day 1

Roots Camp started its first day with a visit to the Qaser el Yehud Baptism site on the Jordan River. We met Malik from EcoPeace, who spoke to us about the national and religious importance of the Jordan River to all of the communities in the region. A lot of the water from the Jordan River is diverged for domestic use in Israel and Jordan and the countries even discharge their wastewater into the River, so there is not much clean water left in the Southern part of it. We learned about the quality of the water in the Jordan River and the religious importance of the baptism site in Christianity. Then, we divided into three groups, each representing a different village with different water sources, to discuss water usage.

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Finally, we arrived at Kibbutz Ketura. We got settled in our rooms and had a pool party with a group of American high-schoolers were were visiting as well. Omar and Meytav shared their experiences at Kids4Peace and explained the program to the American kids. After the BBQ and swimming, the kids went to bed to get ready for your next day!

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Day 2

Our second day of Roots Camp began with a tour of Kibbutz Ketura. We talked about the shared lifestyle of the kibbutz and toured the algea factory and solar field. Ketura’s most valuable natural asset is its sunlight, so we learned about solar energy and sustainability. The group worked in pairs to answer as many questions as they could about the kibbutz and the its environment.

Then, we moved inside to start our opening session on the theme of environment, and started to talk about how we affect the environment and how it affects us. The kids started to think about how they use water and other resources, and did a lot of games related to learning about the science of the environment.

We shared about our own neighborhoods in Jerusalem, and what we shared and is different between the different neighborhoods. It was interesting to hear about all the different environments within Jerusalem and how we feel about them.

After the sessions inside, we headed to the sand dunes to do an activity and to make our own dinner. We then star-gazed and went to bed!