Chanukah Trip to the Negev - December 2016
"It was great to experience the comraderie of my fellow students while out in the desert! It was great to experience the kind of great caliber of people that I am proud to be surrounded by. Also the scenary of the Negev was absolutely beautiful. The cliffs, the horizons, everything. I couldn't have asked for a better trip over Hanukah."
Yonatan Ben Yisrael
This טיול was more than just a hike with the מכון מאיר for me, aside from the incredible אחדות that was shown, it was a reaffirmation for my Aliya decision, making me realize that there is no other place in the world that I can truly say "look at this beautiful land, and it is ours". Every step that I took was making me realize and appreciate the beauty of ארץ ישראל.
תודה רבה למכון מאיר.
מיכאל יהודה שבת
Shabbat in Tekoa, September 2016
The Shabbat before Rosh Hashana was very special for Machon Meir. Rav Menachem Weinberg hosted the Chevre at Machon Meir in his hometown of Tekoa, just south of Jerusalem in Gush Etzion. The Shabbat was filled with inspirational classes by Rav Weinberg, Rav Ariel and various Tekoa residents who gave talks as special guest speakers.
The backdrop to the Shabbat was Tekoa's breathtaking scenery, surrounded by the hills of Gush Etzion.
Rav Weinberg gave a talk about Judaism in today's world. Rav Ariel gave an interactive class on the topic of friendships in Judaism on Shabbat morning, and the guest speaker, a life coach who resides in Tekoa, shared his personal spiritual journey with the Chevre during Se'uda Shelishit.
The Chevre enjoyed a lively Kaballat Shabbat and Shabbat morning Tefilla at the Carlebach Shul, and explored the various communities within the town of Tekoa. There are about 900 families in Tekoa, which make it one of the larger towns in the Gush, and the host families were hospitable and welcoming. The Chevre got the opportunity to interact with the local families and get a taste of "Yeshuv life" in Israel.
Right before Shabbat, we had the pleasure of welcoming the Shabbat from Rav Weinberg's roof. Check out the pictures below!
Machon Meir hosts several Shabbatonim such as the Tekoa Shabbaton throughout the year.