Team Maccabi GB have arrived in Israel ready to embark on their Maccabiah journey.
From the airport they headed straight to their base in Zikron Yaakov - home to the first chalutzim, the Jewish Pioneers - where they participated in a walking tour of the area.
They learnt about Baron Rothschild, Jewish philantropy and its role in supporting the first Aliya to Israel in the 19th century. They also learnt about NILI, the Jewish spy movement that assisted the British in defeating the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
They closed day 1 of Pre Camp by hearing the story of Sarah Aaronson a Jewish Heroine who gave her life for a future State of Israel. A Special moment for Team Maccabi GB as we commemorate 100 years of that 'Jewish Miracle' - the Balfour Declaration presented to Lord Rothschild.
Click here to relive the start our three day Jewish Identity Pre Camp.