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Shabbat Shalom

This morning, after wishing my fellow NDC travelers shabbat shalom, we entered the Old City of Jerusalem at about 9:30 a.m. through the Jaffa Gate. How thrilling to enter the gates of the holy city so often referenced in the Bible! The city gates are connected by the walls that surround Jerusalem. We walked the tops of those walls mindful of the fact that Roman soldiers, crusaders, or Israeli resistance fighters had kept night watch on those walls. The strong winds created a bit of a challenge for us. This was truly a pilgrimage. The ancient walls of the Old City. In seven and a half hours,...

Model City

We began our day at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, which was the first Jewish community built outside of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. A Jewish philanthropist named Sir Moses Montefiore built this development in the 1850s. On our way to our next site, our tour guide David pointed out The Great Synagogue of Jerusalem right before we drove through the political center of Jerusalem, which he called “Jerusalem D.C.” With this creative convergence of words, it was easy for an American to understand exactly what types of buildings one would find in this part of the city. We saw buildings that...

NDC Lands in Holy Land

In spite of the fact that many of us have not slept for nearly 28 hours, we arrived in Israel and are having a great time. Our flight from Newark to Jerusalem was a tad bumpy and long, but thankfully uneventful. We drove straight from Ben Gurion Airport to a scenic overlook of the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, and then walked down a path alongside the Garden of Gesthemane. The view of the Old City walls was misty and near mystical. Mark Levand is wearing a "Keffiyeh," a traditional Arab headdress. We then drove to Kibbutz Ramat Rachel for lunch on our way to Bethlehem, which...

Does Anyone Have Hammering Skills?

Today was marked by frigid temperatures, and all of our work time was spent embracing it. We started out by taking off siding and remembering how to use a hammer. As the day progressed, our hammering skills did not while we put up sheeting all over the two-story Victorian we've been working on this week. The day proved to be a true test of perseverance and determination. One group member even suffered minor bruising when a board dropped on her. But at the end of the day we were triumphant, as we maintained our positive attitude and dedication to the task at hand despite the various challenges...

It’s Only the Beginning

Some people say waking up is the hardest part of the day. Now we know why. Today we got a glimpse of the Jacksonville sunrise as we dragged ourselves out of our sleeping bags at 6:30 a.m. After eating a rushed breakfast, we managed to arrive at HabiJax on time – to everyone’s surprise. Another day of demolition began with a bang, literally as hammers were pounding so loud our ears were ringing. However, to our dismay demolition ended mid-day because we Notre Dame students have a knack for getting the job done quickly. The supervisors were completely thrilled that we worked so quickly, getting...

Demolition Derby

Today was our first day on the job. We woke up at the crack of dawn and struggled to get out the door. We ventured to downtown Jacksonville and our first stop was at HabiJax, which is short for Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville. There we learned a lot about Habitat for Humanity as well as HabiJax. For example, did you know that every 21 minutes a new family receives the keys to their Habitat for Humanity home? The reason Habitat is so special is that it allows families in need to purchase homes with loans at zero interest. Our group then toured the HabiJax warehouse where all the materials...

Outrunning the Rain at Coco Beach

After two days of driving to Florida and before we put on our hard hats on Tuesday morning, Monday was our one day off this week. Unfortunately, the weather in Jacksonville was rainy and cold – not what we were looking for. So, in an attempt to find the sun and a warm beach, we headed south. Our first stop was Daytona Beach. But the rain had followed us. Wanting to outrun the drizzle and find the sun, we contemplated heading to Miami, which was five hours way. We called an audible and made an executive decision to stop the madness. We had enough driving for three days. So, instead of driving...

Pit Stop in Andy Griffith's Hometown

We're off to Florida! Fourteen of us left snowy Cleveland in two Notre Dame College vans early Saturday morning in search of the warmer Southern climate. After seven hours of driving, we arrived at our pit stop, the Baptist church of Mount Airy, N.C., which generously offered to host us for the night, to blustering gales and temperatures reminiscent of Cleveland. We kept warm by shooting hoops, playing cards and getting to know one another. Mount Airy is the hometown of actor Andy Griffith and said to be the inspiration for Mayberry, the fictional community that was the setting for the "The...

Soak Up the Sun

Does this school year have you feeling a little worn down? Do you think you deserve a vacation? With summer approaching quickly, I’m sure you are like me and have thought a hundred times about where you could go to get away. But if you are the average college student, you’re also probably thinking about the lack of money needed to fund that vacation. That’s why I am here to help. There are places right here in Northeast Ohio that are cheap, close, and just as fun as some far-away resort. Here are the top three weekend getaway spots that will make you want to hang around Cleveland this summer...

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

Spring cleaning is in the air. The sweet, crisp wind blows from house to house spreading this fever. I’ve caught it and it seems like everyone has gotten it. Everyone EXCEPT my roommates. I am revolting. I want to see them doing the cleaning—the bathroom, the kitchen and the living room. I am living in filth, the dishes are gross, the countertop is grimy and the rug has to be vacuumed. I feel that I’m blessed with my moderately-strict parents that made me do my chores during school days and especially on weekends. By no means was I a spoiled child growing up. If my chores weren’t done, I was...

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