Yeshivas Kayitz Panama, the summer program of the Beis Menachem Youth Development Program, concluded a whirlwind summer of adventure, serious learning, and revealed hashgocho protis.
The week after Tisha B’Av, the bochurim spend their last week in their home base in the town Boquete. The talmidim enjoyed hanging bridges hike, zip lining, two extreme hikes with amazing waterfalls and views, and a two-level-natural pool called Jawakta, with cliffs that jump into them.
The last Shabbos (Nachamu) of the program was celebrated with zest and joy, sharing with tourists and local residents.
For a grand finale, a BBQ surrounded by cozy fog, typical of Panama’s highlands, ended the Boquete experience.
The next morning, YKP flew to Panama City for three more days.
They first visited the old city. Colorful and picturesque, Bochurim saw artisan souvenirs and beautiful views of the canal and Panama City’s amazing skyline. Then they traveled to the Causeway, part of the old American controlled zone, where Bochurim rode bicycles, scooters and ATVs.
A great day in the Caribbean Beach of Portobello followed. It included horseback riding, volleyball and a visit to the ruins of a Spanish fort laden with cannons, back-dropped by beautiful sunset.
Finally, Bochurim visited the Panama Canal (the locks in Colon) and monkey sightseeing.
All the while, YKP got to know the colorful Jewish community in Panama City.