Annual Day Trip to Beit Shean
In Israel, most workplaces have periodic trips and tours together as a bonding experience for the employees and a reward for hard work. Yad LaKashish is no different. Every year, Yad LaKashish organizes a day trip for the elderly artisans free of charge to various cities and attractions around the country. Many of the elderly who come to Yad LaKashish every day have not had the chance to tour in Israel very much, since on their own, they are not able to afford a trip to another part of the country, not to mention a tour with a real tour guide.
At Yad LaKashish we give them the chance to go somewhere new once a year as part of the programs and benefits we provide the elderly with. We believe these trips contribute to the sense of community we are trying to foster at Yad LaKashish and offer a chance to get to know Israel from a historical and geographical point of view.
This year's destination for the annual day trip was the historical site of Beit Shean. Many of the elderly had never been in the Jordan Valley area, and they were very interested to learn about the sites they have visited. The trip was led by a professional guide in Russian, accompanied by a translation to Hebrew, so that everyone could understand the explanations.
The group visited the Naharayim Park, also known as the Island of Peace. Then the group went to the national park of Beit Shean. This archeological site encompasses the magnificent remains and splendor of the Roman and Byzantine Beit Shean.
Of course, the day would not be complete without a delicious lunch out at a quality Beit Shean restaurant. The artisans very much enjoyed the food and atmosphere, especially since eating out at restaurants is not a common occurrence for most of them.
For the elderly artisans, it was a welcome change of pace, an opportunity to go on the kind of trip most of them would not go on otherwise, and a bonding experience with the other artisans. They returned with new energies and a burst of creativity, expressed in the amazing works of art they produce. In the words of David Lulav from the Paper Mache workshop, "the trip was amazing and we got to know another side of the beautiful Eretz Israel. The trip has exceeded our expectations".