Congratulations to us all on a huge success. Our long-awaited biennial retreat this year was held on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, at Ohalo Manor Resort. The weather was sublime, the wildflowers were in bloom and the mood was just right.
This year we were 140 people and although we got away to a slow start, with the delay of buses, our arrival to Ohalo was greeted with an immediate start to the program.
Prof. Ron Kohen opened the retreat with warm words of welcome and was followed by students who took to the stage to deliver presentations of their research.
In the meantime the administrative staff expanded their minds with a taste of mindfulness being introduced to ways of focusing and enjoying life in the moment.
Programs continued, lunch and dinner were served and the day concluded with a game of trivia where the well-informed amongst us had a chance to show their wealth of knowledge.
On the second day, the academic program continued for students and academic staff while others were treated to a guided tour of the area. We heard about the farm for young ladies, which introduced women into agriculture and the Kinneret Cemetery, which is not only known for its beautiful and serene setting but also for being the resting place of some very significant people.
After concluding remarks from Prof. Kohen we all boarded buses and headed south to Park Naharayim at Ashdot Yaacov, the meeting place of two rivers, where an electricity power plant was constructed with the determination of its founder, Pinchas Rutenberg. We learnt about the role that Jordan took in its construction, and then of its eventual destruction in the War of Independence.
Finally, we came to our last point of interest, Moshav Yardena, where we enjoyed a brief Kurdish experience of food, music and dancing.
All in all, our trip was informative, enriching and fun in more ways than one. We participated in experiences that enriched us with a combination of science, history, Zionism, amazing landscapes, fraternity, and fun - and we're all a little richer for it.
Thanks to all of those who attended. Each one of you helped make it a huge success!