• Musician David Broza on Music, Peace, Israel, and More

    An Interview with the Israeli Superstar By Jo-Ann Mort, 10/22/2019 Described recently by Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin as “the best of the best,” singer-songwriter, peace activist, and native son David Broza has been charming audiences around the world with his folk, rock, and blues music for more than four decades. Just in time for David’s appearance […]


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  • The Sukkah of Israel and Diaspora

    By Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Vice President of the URJ for Israel & Reform Zionism & Executive Director of ARZA Yom Kippur has come and gone, we’ve deprived ourselves, fasted, and done tshuvah for our sins. Now it is time to rejoice. If there was ever a time for rejoicing and happiness it is after the most […]


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  • Eating Our Way Through Israel

    By Abigail Segel, Bus 2 Participant Hummus, falafel, shakshuka, pita, za’atar and Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem Cookbook. That was my idea of Israeli cuisine before I left for my Israel adventure this summer. Having been here for four weeks, I now understand that just as Israel hosts a diversity of people, it contains an immense array […]


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  • The Journey of Sci-Tech Israel

    By Corey Brand, Bus 11 Participant After going to 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy for four years, I really wanted to spend my summer pursuing STEM and Judaism yet again. About a week into the trip, we made our way into the Holy City of Jerusalem. The Old City was breathtaking! We toured the same streets […]


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  • Forever Changed

    By Rudy Brandt, Bus 8 Staff Teary-eyed and Teva-tanned I walked away from my kids at the Newark Airport after a 12 hour flight back to the U.S. from Israel and an absolutely amazing summer. Before I let myself walk away, I looked at each one of them hugging each other, tears of their own […]


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  • One Last Shabbat Together

    Buses 6, 7, 8, and 9 celebrated their last Shabbat in Israel all together! Here’s video of these teens from our Eisner Camp, Crane Lake Camp, Camp Harlam, and North American communities singing Hinei Ma Tov – how good it is that we can be together!


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  • Reflections on Our Jewish Journey and the Choices Ahead

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director Now that the NFTY in Israel journey has ended, another journey is beginning. Once your teens have rested and have had a chance to catch up with the family and friends they missed over the summer, it will be well worth your while to help these world travelers reflect on […]


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