• 5 Ways to Break Your Fast Israeli-Style

    By Dan Garwood, North American Coordinator Make your own cheese Fresh, unripened cheeses are a staple of Israeli diets, so it’s no wonder they make it into an Israeli break fast! Plus it’s light, tasty, and makes a great alternative to cream cheese on that American break fast staple, the bagel. This recipe takes just a few minutes of cooking time followed […]


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  • On Yom Kippur, Hearing Isaiah’s Prophetic Voice at the Kotel

    By Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, Director of Israel Engagement, URJ Build up, build up a highway! Clear a road! Remove all obstacles from the road of My people! (Isaiah 57:14) On Yom Kippur, when haftarah readers all over the world will raise their voices in chant – so-lu so-lu… build up build up a highway – the symbolic […]


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  • How I Went from Participant to Professional

    By Ilana Schear, Registrar and Communications Coordinator Another successful NFTY in Israel summer has come to an end. With Facebook memories and Timehop, I can’t help but to reflect on my own NFTY in Israel experience eight years ago in the summer of 2010. While I always had a passion for non-profit work and a deep connection […]


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  • Yad Vashem Reflection

    As we walked through the great stone doors of Yad Vashem a great sense of familiarity swept over us. It has been 4 weeks since we journeyed through the horrors of the holocaust in Europe yet the wounds of our ancestors of which we learned still seemed fresh. Each document of deportation, each death certificate; every bit of evidence of the atrocities creates another void of anguish within us.


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  • It’s Not Goodbye, It’s L’hitraot (see you later)

    Now that the NFTY in Israel journey is about to end, another journey is beginning. Your teen's will soon disembark from the airplane very tired, but nevertheless very fulfilled. It is without a doubt the NFTY in Israel summer is a challenging summer and ultimately it is a summer of growing up. These young people who were so far away from their homes needed to work together in a group experience that was often demanding and frequently called upon them to harness their inner resources.


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  • It’s Not Goodbye, It’s L’hitraot (see you later)

    For the last four weeks these teens have been living in an environment where the dominant culture is Jewish. Israel is a unique country because the national language is a Jewish language – Hebrew. The overall rhythm of time is Jewish because each day of the week is named according to its relationship with Shabbat.


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  • Thoughts on Gadna

    Last week in the Chavaya, Gadna, I spent 4 days learning what it meant to be part of the IDF. Every Israeli teenager has to join the IDF when they turn 18, and as a 16 year old I was given a small taste of their reality.


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  • Make the Most of What’s Left

    I want to cry and be sad, but part of me doesn’t feel that way. When I think of home some piece of me, a piece I don’t want to admit, is happy. I love many things about NYC and I don’t feel wrong to miss it, but I don’t want to. I would stay with the Eisner people here until the end of time, creating new stories and memories each and every day, but I know that can’t happen.


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