Our greeting at Ben-Gurion Airport
Waiting to get thru Passport Control
Mount Carmel overlooking the Bahai Gardens and Haifa Harbor
Bahai Gardens from below
Acco (Acre) prison
Paulette and our guide Gilad
The Med at Rosh Hanikrah
The cable car that takes you down the the Rosh Hanikrah caves
One of the Grottos at Rosh Hanikrah
Ken and Paulette overlooking the limestone formations at Rosh Hanikrah
A fossilized something
The cable car from below
Sunrise over the Golan Heights
Stream running at the Tel Dan park
Hiking through Tel Dan
The site of a place of worship at Tel Dan
Heading to the Senir Stream (Hatzbani River). We did a lot of hiking on this trip.
Wading through the river
Those are my feet. That water was cold (at least to me).
Driving through the valley. We were heading to the Dalton Winery. Good stuff, highly recommended
Looking down the mountain fron Tzefat
The Askenazic Synagogue of Rabbi Isaac Lauria (the Ari), the author of "L'cha Dodi"
You just doin't see work like this anymore :)
This is the Bimah in the Ari synagogue. The gouge is from shrapnel from a bomb that went off outside the synagogue, no one was hurt in that attack.
Heading back down the mountain to our hotel
Mount Ben Tal in the Golan Heights
Entrance to the Katzrin Park.
The synagogue and village at Katzrin
Our jeep tour through the Golan. Not good for a bad back.
We stopped to rest at this spring, our guide brewed mint tea for us.
That's a sparrows nest
Looking at how these mountains were formed
Excavation site of another ancient synagogue
It's a jigsaw puzzle!
The start of our time in Netanya
Heading down to the beach
This is from the center Matt bowled in. It's really lane 13, but someone must think it's bad luck,
Team USA (one of many shots)
Matt getting ready
Matt and Phil Sachs
Some things never change
Machne Yehuda in Jerusalem Friday mid-day. Wall to Wall people getting ready for Shabbat.
Looking over Jerusalem from the pool deck of the Dan Panorama hotel
Back to bowling
Matt and Jim getting their Bronze for doubles
Margate Bedrocks make it to Netanya
We found Fred!
Kikkur Ha'atzmaut - Independence Square in Netanya. We found some very interesting restaurants there
Soldier and his daughter
Overlooking Netanya Beach at dusk
Another restaurant. We didn't go there, but I love the way they try to make the English word in to Hebrew
Team USA in their "Charlie Sheen" bowling shirts
Mitch forgot rule #1 - don't fall asleep
Some of our new friends
Matt, Jim and Uri getting their Silver Medal for Trios
Paulette and Lisa Abush discussing something
Special Olympics presentaion in conjunction with Maccabiah 18
Woman's teams presentations
Now it's the men's turn
Team USA got the bronze
The "Bud Light" bus (remember the commercial with the carpet installer?)
Meryl and Jara on the last day of competition
Team USA Spirit
Matt, Jim and part of Paulette
Jim and Paulette
Dan and Josh Small (we all know Josh Small now!)
Ken, Matt and Jara. I even scored one of the "Charlie Sheens".
Josh and Paulette
Jara, Eric and Ortal. (Eric, what are you looking at?)
Debbie Sachs and Ofer
Signing the flag
Pini holding court
Hugs to Phil on winning the Masters. First Aussie ever to get to the finals.
Matt and Phil
Phil and Issac. They put on a great show!
The Sachs Family
Paul and Phil
Dan and Phil
Phil and Debbie share a moment
The Smalls and Ofer
Josh getting a special award for competing in Maccabiah 18. This was the end of the journey his dad never got to finish.
All of the Tournament Officials
Meryl getting the Sportsmanship award
As did Josh
Woman's Masters medal ceremony
Men's Masters Medal Ceremony
All of the Masters medal winners
All of those involved with the tournament, bowlers, officials, support staff.
Matt with Mom and Dad
More pictures of the Med, I couldn't get enough of it.
Some experimenting with the timer on our balcony.
Josh Small "sleeping" it off.
Matt, his hardware and proud parents
The plaque that goes with the next picture. It says "Klezmarim" with the name of the artist and when it was dedicated
This was a list of all of the cities Netanya is a "twin" of. Sunny Isles Beach, FL is one of them, we're only about 40 minutes from there.
Last beach shots.
That's Jason Lezak, the Olympic medalist. He was part of the USA Maccabiah swim team and stayed at our hotel with the rest of the swimmers.
Paulette having Jason sign a hat we got for Paulette's dad.
That's all folks.