Trip Start May 26, 2008
18Trip End Jun 13, 2008
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We visited Mahane Yehuda - Jerusalem's largest shuk (market). They were selling all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and spices. One of the local specialties at Israeli shuks are juice stands, where you can get fresh orange juice blended with all kinds of other juice. There was also a meat section, where we saw a guy pushing a shopping cart full of cow heads.
After dinner, we headed to the Taglit Birthright Mega Event-- which is just like it sounds like. On this night 7,000-8,000 Birthright participants all converged onto one location (a military base somewhere near Jerusalem), to celebrate the Taglit experience. In addition to groups from the US and Canada, there were Birthright groups from Brazil, Argentina, France, and India. There were fireworks and helicopters flying over and performances by Israeli pop singers and rappers. The Prime Minster, Ehud Olmert, gave a speech. There was also a kind of "fair" with various Jewish organizations giving away free stuff.