Hanukkah is here and, in the spirit of the season, we’re excited to share eight moments that will make your NFTY in Israel trip this summer as miraculous as that little jar of oil lasting for all eight nights! Of course, like the Hanukkah oil, there is so much more to the miracle of a NFTY in Israel summer than just what is on this list!
1. Camel rides with your BFF
After your epic camel ride through the desert, relax in a real Bedouin tent, sipping tea and eating delicious Bedouin snacks before spending the afternoon running, spinning, rolling, and flying down the world famous sand dunes.
2. Floating in the Dead Sea
Cover yourself with the famous black mud before floating in the Dead Sea with your BFFs. When you’re done, your skin will be smooth as can be!
3. Best hummus ever
Israel seriously has the best food in the world! From shwarma to falafel, shakshuka to couscous, you will want to try it all! Best of all, fresh hummus and pita on every corner!
4. Jerusalem’s ancient stories
Explore the history, spirituality, and magic of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Hear the stories that connect our ancient past to our modern present.
5. Tel Aviv’s amazing shuk
Need a gift to bring home to your mom, dad, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, and friends? The open-air market in Tel Aviv is a one-stop shop for all you need and more!
6. Campfires in the desert
Roast marshmallows and make s’mores before sleeping under a peaceful blanket of stars. Gathering around the campfire in the desert in Israel is unlike anything you’ve experienced before!
7. Shabbat with your camp fam
Take your Shabbat camp traditions all the way to Israel. Sing songs you’ve been singing for years and learn new ones while being surrounded by your closest friends!
8. New Israeli friends
For one week, Israeli teens join your group for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make friendships with people just like you in so many ways, and so unique in others, giving you a permanent excuse to go back to Israel!