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Day 2

posted Jun 25, 2010, 11:23 PM by Unknown user

Dear Parents, 


Just now our 2nd day ended - the students have just now gone to bed.  The day was VERY busy at the tournament but filled with many "chavayot".  They are all getting along very well and enjoying everything very much.  We just did a little Kabbalat Shabbat, where everyone shared their experiences so far and expectations for the rest of the trip.  


I really apologize if they have not e-mailed or called during the day.  Please understand the schedule was very busy from the moment we woke up.  In the morning they were at a welcome assembly with all the 600 students from the competition.  In the afternoon they took part in the essay contest, where they had to write for over 3 hours.  Then, we immediately went to the World Expo (eating sandwhiches on the bus) where they took part in another contest there.  They were barely given a minute to rest and are surrounded by a lot of stimulation - many students from mostly Asian countries, the competition, and of course Shanghai itself.   

Tomorrow we are waking up early and going to the conference site.  In the morning they will watch a lecture by a famous author, and in the afternoon they will each take part in 3 debates.  At night there will be more activities and once again they will return to the hotel at a relatively late hour.  


I want you all to know that I am very proud of them.  They are very positive, supportive of one another, and are all getting along very well with others.  You should also rest assured that the conference site is very safe.  There is security and things are very well organized.  


On Monday they seem to want to go back to the World's Fair Expo (because they didn't get to see the Israeli exhibition), but we will discuss it more first.  At night we have tickets to see a highly recommended acrobatic troupe theatre.  On Tuesday we will be taking an organized tour by an Israeli to learn about Jewish sites and history in Shanghai.  


Let me know if you have any questions or comments, and again I apologize if they did not call or you didn't get an e-mail in the past 24 hours.  I will remind them to call, and I will again e-mail tomorrow evening to report on the day.