We had breakfast with the Gainsleys and Mark and Evelyn in the garden at the hotel. I ended up talking with the guide. Surprisingly, he is 84 years old. His parents came to Israel in the 1930s from Poland as part of the Zionist Movement. Almost all of his aunts and uncles and cousins were killed in the Holocaust. He implied that he had fought in the wars in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Loading into the bus about 8:45 am, the first stop was the Hadassah Hospital. We had a long presentation about the Hadassah organization. Hadassah is a Jewish women's organization that was founded in New York City in 1912.
Afterwards, we toured the Marc Chagall windows. The windows were commissioned in 1960 and installed in 1962. Although some descriptions say that the twelve windows represent the twelve tribes of Israel, the guide said that they represented Jacob's twelve children.
From there, we went to Israel Museum. On the bus ride from the hospital to the museum, Sharon said “I am going to miss Israel.”
The highlights at the Israel Museum included the model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period before its destruction by the Romans in the year 66 and the famed Dead Sea Scrolls housed in the Shrine of the Book, a remarkable urn-shaped building. We had a nice lunch in the cafe at the museum.
We finished the day with the Gainsleys and Mark and Evelyn at The Eucalyptus Restaurant. The six of us took a minivan to the restauarant. It is located in the Artist Colony. For a starter, Sharon and I split Fish Shwarma [profiteroles, fresh fish, amba aioli, tomato cream]. We had a bite of the Fire roasted eggplant [raw tahini, aged pomegranate syrup]. For entrees, I had Slow cooked neck of lamb [seasoned in red spices, frike risotto and vegetables], while Sharon had Assado [slow cooked beef ribs in jus, soy sauce and wine, root vegetables]. At best, I rated the food as a "B" or "B-".
After a couple long days, Sharon and I turned in early and crashed about 10 pm.