Allie is a 26-year-old freelance commercial and music video producer based in Los Angeles. Allie graduated from Ohio University in 2013. She spends her free time thinking about food justice and riding her road bike.
Trip Provider: Israel Experts
Date of trip: 1/23/2018
In February 2018 I staffed my second Birthright trip. On the 8th day of our trip we were driving up on highway 90 next to the Dead Sea on our way to Kibbutz Kalya. I had stayed there on my previous trip I’d staffed. It’s a particularly beautiful Kibbutz that I most remembered because of all of the beautiful grass all over the property. Coming from LA, it was such a luxury to have lawns. It also stood out from Israel’s consistent drought conscious landscaping. The accommodations in this Kibbutz were also luxurious, resembling a hotel more than a hostel.
After we settled into our accommodations and were waiting to start programming, I was sitting with some participants who told me rumor was, we were in the West Bank. We got on google and confirmed that this rumor was true. This was news to me as well as the participants and it clearly made all of us uncomfortable.
The kibbutz was originally established in 1929 but was then destroyed by Jordanians in 1948. After the Six-Day War it was rebuilt in 1968. Many international communities consider settlements like Kayla to be illegal but the Israeli government says this is untrue.