Two weeks ago I attended my first Garin Tzabar seminar I can safely say that if I were to make Aliyah and do Garin Tzabar I will have an incredible group around me as I already feel extremely close to all the people I met. This seminar was the first of four preparatory seminars, starting early on Friday and running until Saturday night. I arrived at Savidor station to catch the bus and was nervous to see who would be there, what type of people, their ages and so on and so forth. Once we got to the Kibbutz, no time was wasted by splitting us into our Garins. The first seminar largely revolved around building the Garin, partaking in a number of icebreakers and team building activities. Like always there was a sufficient amount of initial awkwardness but shortly this died down and are Garin became extremely close very quickly – good to know considering I will be living with these guys and girls! My Garin has guys and girls from 18-23 who have all come from different places (America, Australia, France, Canada etc.), who all have different backgrounds. It is strange to think if I go ahead with the army, these people I met so casually will be the people who will support me throughout the toughest years of my life and will essentially become my family and truth is, I can already see how the group will support each other – it’s really amazing to see how people of different ages and different backgrounds are bought together through one binding common theme – Israel.
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