• Yom Ha’atzmaut Means the Summer is Almost Here!

    Yom Ha’atzmaut represents a day of celebration in Israel – celebration of the founding of the modern Jewish homeland. In the days leading up to it, it is amazing to see the country transform to demonstrate the pride felt by Israelis for this place. Everywhere you look, Israeli flags pop up – along streets, hanging out windows, attached to the sides of cars. Imagery of David Ben Gurion appears on the sides of buildings. You cannot go anywhere without recognizing the excitement about this day.


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  • Lech L’cha – To the Land that I Will Show You

    Like Avram, I left my country, my homeland, and my parents’ house to go to a land unknown to me, the land of Israel. It was a place I had learned so much about but knew so little. Through my 16-year-old eyes, this trip represented an unprecedented level of independence from my parents, a space to meet other Jewish teenagers, and an avenue through which to see a part of the world I had learned so much about.


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  • Get to Know Rome Eliahou, Summer 2018 Staff!

    On NFTY in Israel, you will meet a lot of cool, new people, including your amazing staff! Rome Eliahou has just finished his Army Service and is looking forward to showing American teens around his homeland.


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  • The Shoah: My Filter for Understanding What It Means to Be a Jew

    Yom HaShoah (which begins at sundown this Wednesday, April 11, and ends at sundown on Monday, April 12) cannot be the only day that we as Jews place Holocaust remembrance into the foreground of Jewish identification.


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  • The Trip Before the Trip – Preparing Our Educators for Europe

    This week, I’ll be heading to Europe with eight engaging, creative NFTY in Israel educators to develop our summer experience in Prague and Poland. We will visit all the sites that our teens visit and explore how to make the story of European Jewry come alive and remain relevant today.


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  • 7 Decades of Innovation in Israel: The Pioneer Years

    Water is essential to human life and Israel is more than 60% desert. During the years the State of Israel was being established, pioneers faced the challenge of creating a self-sufficient society in an environment without easy access to food or water.


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  • Traveling with a Group of Strangers? No Problem!

    Every year, teens from all over the U.S. arrive at the airport for NFTY in Israel not knowing a single person.


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  • 7 Israeli Dishes You Can Cook this Weekend

    If there is one essential Israeli food, it’s hummus. Many Mediterranean cultures lay claim to this humble, yet delightful, spread – but it’s the Israeli version that perfectly balances creamy chickpeas, earthy sesame seeds, bright lemon, and zesty garlic. In Israel, hummus and pita eaten warm is a meal, not just a snack.


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  • How We Build Extraordinary Staff Teams, Year After Year

    Every year NFTY in Israel repeats the process of recruiting summer staff to lead our teens through their incredible summer experience.


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  • Women Facing West: Standing up to Gender Discrimination at the Western Wall

    I had the opportunity to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem on my first trip to Israel through the Reform Movement’s Sci-Tech Israel program. Jerusalem was one of the most anticipated stops on our tour of numerous factories and tech-startups located throughout the nation.


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