Today was a wonderfully relaxing day in the southern Negev! Most of us took advantage of the late wakeup to catch up on some much needed rest & relaxation. Many of us spent time at the pool, played ultimate frisbee or simply took a Shabbat nap.
We had a tour of the kibbutz learning all about what they have to offer with their red algae (Algatechologies is a rapidly growing biotechnology company, specializing in the commercial cultivation of microalgae) as well as the Arava Institute - http://arava.org/. There we also learned about Methuselah which is a tree grown on the kibbutz from the seed of a date palm tree from 2,000 years ago that was found on the top of Massada - http://arava.org/arava-research-centers/arava-center-for-sustainable-agriculture/methuselah/
We spent the night walking around Eilat and doing a little shopping and such since tomorrow is another busy day with an ecological tour of the area, a nature reserve and then up to the bedouin tent to ride camels & donkeys and have a hafla feast since we will be waking up early Monday morning to climb Massada.
Kabbalat Shabbat at Kibbutz Ketura
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