Reflections from CMOTL Delegate Josh Glynn:
As our trip to Poland and Israel is coming to an end, it is important that we look back and understand how these two completely different places go hand and hand. Today we went to Yad Vashem. This is the holocaust museum and memorial in Jerusalem. This experience really brought our trip full circle. We started off in Poland, a place that haunts the Jewish people forever. Now, after spending a week in the beautiful country of Israel, we took time to focus ourselves once again on Holocaust remembrance. Although we received information we already knew, we heard it this time from the perspective of our people. We continued to learn just how important the country of Israel is for the Jewish people.
After Yad Vashem, we headed to Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. While this building was small in size, the events that took place there enormous. This building (Independence Hall), is where Israel declared themselves a country on May 14th, 1948. We traveled back in time and were able to hear what it sounded like on that glorious day. It was incredibly powerful.
We ended our evening in Netanya. Immediately after getting off the bus, we met up with our host families. From there we went our separate ways and were able to enjoy free time with our host and their family. Eventually we came back together for a beautiful Memorial Day service in the center of Netanya, in which our own Jonah Goldwasser represented Cincinnati in the town-wide ceremony to honor the fallen soldiers. Today, we honored the memory of those who made Israel the country that it is today.
-Josh Glynn, Sycamore HS
During our journey, we’re sharing a few highlight photos per day in our daily blog, yet to see ALL of our photos (many per day), go to our shared album here. https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0SJqstnBJ10BQS