• Understanding the Complexity of Israel

    By Jacob Dean, NFTY in Israel Participant, Bus 4 I have always been intensely interested in politics, and because of my Judaism this interest has always included Israel. Especially given the controversy surrounding it, I have spent quite a bit of time reading about, discussing, and vehemently arguing over Israel’s history and current problems. One […]


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  • Our Visit to a Druze Village

    By Sylvia Wolk, NFTY in Israel Participant, Bus 3 Recently, we visited a group of Druze, who served us a wonderful lunch. I’ll admit, before this trip, I’d never heard of the Druze (Their segregated mountain top homes might have something to do with that). I got a brief intro during my time on Sea […]


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  • Finding Peace On Masada

    By Gigi Saad, NFTY in Israel Participant, Bus 4 Israel has been built up all my life as this magnificent place in which the Jewish people could find comfort and call home. One iconic scene that has been described to me multiple times since my first day of Sunday school, was being able to touch […]


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  • Will’s Declassified NFTY in Israel Survival Guide

    By Will Nemoy, NFTY in Israel Participant, Bus 3 Hello, and welcome to Will’s Declassified NFTY in Israel Survival Guide. In this guide, I hope to give a little bit of insight on our experience in Israel, and give advice to survive the trip for anyone considering to participate. To begin, be aware that at […]


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  • Adventure in Tel Aviv

    By Rabbi David Wilfond, Director of Education Since Friday, the teens have been in the “Kishrei Noar” segment of the NFTY in Israel Program. ” During Kisrei Noar, eight Israeli teens join with the American teens for a week of socializing and talking about the “Big Questions” of being a teenager in Israel and in […]


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  • Visiting the First Kibbutz

    By Rabbi David Wilfond, Director of Education Today, Wednesday, the teens concluded their Chavaya Experiences. These are four-day activities during which the teens explored an interest with a likeminded group of friends. The choices included; Gadna, an Israel Defense Force immersion; Tikkun Olam Social Justice projects; Indiana Jones in Israel, an archaeological dig; and Yam l’ […]


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  • Hikes in the Desert

    By Ian Donahue, NFTY in Israel Participant, Bus 6 It was the first day in the desert and our second day in Israel. My bus, Bus 6, had just gotten to the camp site we would be sleeping at. We dropped off our bags, got our hats and water bottles and we went to meet […]


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  • Highlights From NFTY in Israel

    When I met my bus at JFK Airport for NFTY in Israel, I had no clue what to expect. I am not your “typical” kid on the trip, as I have never been to a URJ overnight camp and in another month, I will be a college freshman.


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  • The True NFTY in Israel Experience

    It’s so surreal to me that a month has flown by so quickly and that in just a few short days, we will be leaving. I remember looking at the itinerary before the trip and asking myself, “Would all of this be fun?”


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  • Repairing the World

    Last week we split into our Chavaya groups and I was in Tikkun Olam. The word Tikkun Olam means repairing the world and through the four day I had with this group I learned that Tikkun Olam is not only the physical act of doing community service but also making connections with people and learning about the issues to help solve them.


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