Crossing the Kinneret on a Raft in the International Rafsodia

July 20, 2017 18:10
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Crossing the Kinneret on a Raft in the International Rafsodia. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)


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750 youth movement members from Israel and abroad gathered by Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) for a two-day raft building challenge, a challenging group bonding activity that culminated in a colorful raft flotilla, creating a special connection with Israel and between the teenagers.

To accomplish the raft building challenge, the young participants received a private beach on the shores of the Kinneret, a lot of new friends (750 in all) from all over Israel and around the world, and raft-building equipment. They brought with them a lot of energy, good vibes and a willingness to work hard. The outcome: a colorful three-hour raft race, and a special bond that was formed through the teens’ shared endeavor and the spark in their eyes.

Roee Marciano from the KKL-JNF Education Division’s MAOF program told us: “When I saw the spark in these kids’ eyes, and how, despite the difficult conditions of working outdoors, they were so focused on their work, were fully engaged and assumed a lot of responsibility, I realized that the Jewish People and the people of Israel can be proud of this wonderful generation of young adults.”

KKL-JNF’s international Rafsodia extravaganza took place on July 12-13, 2017, at Yossi Beach on the Kinneret. The hundreds of Israeli young adults included participants aged 16-18 from the MAOF program’s leadership group, new immigrants from the FSU in KKL-JNF’s ATSIL educational program in Dimona, Ashkelon and Ashdod in the south; Gush Etzion in the center; and Tiberias, Yokneam and Beit Jan, from up north.

From overseas, 18 year-old youth represented a broad spectrum of international youth movements such as HaNoar HaTzioni, Young Judaea, Jazit Hanoar, Habonim Dror and Hashomer Hatzair. They hailed from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Peru. The purpose of the event was to establish a bond between Israeli teenagers and teenagers from around the world, based on the shared experience of building a raft and sailing across the Kinneret.

Read more about the International Rafsodia and see photos

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