A Glimpse into Year Course: What is Olami?

Yael Sahar is the Year Course Bat Yam City Coordinator

This year will be my second year staffing one of the Olami trips on Year course. I believe that the trips around the world give our Year Course participants an opportunity to break out of their routine for a week and explore Jewish life in a different country and a different culture. This year we will be going together to Morocco, and the trip will focus on the experience of the Moroccan Jews who lived under Muslim rule since the 7th century and created a unique and rich heritage. In my opinion Morocco as a country has the best combination of colors, music and taste and at the same time have a rich Jewish history that we can learn about and a Jewish community there that we can meet. We will visit Casablanca, Morocco’s largest metropolis, and will go to one of the biggest mosque, Hassan II mosque. In Marrakesh we will stroll around the colorful markets and in Meknes we will walk through the Medina to search for the childhood home of Moshik’s (the executive director of Young Judaea Israel) great grandfather. On the last day we will hike down to see the breathtaking waterfalls of the Atlas Mountains.

This is a once in a life time opportunity and I’m so great full to be a part of it!