• Next Year in Jerusalem!

    Every year during the Passover Seder we say “Next year in Jerusalem.” Let’s make it a reality. We believe every teen should have a meaningful, memorable Israel experience, and it’s not too early to start thinking about next summer! Know a 9th grader who is looking forward to their camp trip next year, or a […]


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  • Two Simple Words

    By Erica Barish, Assistant Director There is a popular saying these days, “home is where the WiFi connects automatically.” For me, home is determined by a different kind of connection. Specifically, there is a connection – a feeling – that I have when I am in Israel. It is a feeling of happiness that I […]


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  • Fun Facts About Our March Madness Final Four

    By Dan Garwood, North American Coordinator ICYMI, we’ve been hosting March Madness: Israel Edition over on our Instagram. We seeded 32 iconic Israeli food, people, places, and things across four divisions and let you vote to decide each matchup! We’re now down to the Final Four, so here are some fun facts about these amazing […]


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  • March Madness: Israel Edition

    Our newest NFTY in Israel trip - Sports Israel - launches this summer, so we're celebrating with an Israel-themed March Madness bracket! Fill out your own bracket & share on Facebook and Instagram - don't forget to tag @NFTYIsrael! Plus, starting today, March 25 through April 4, head to the @NFTYIsrael Instagram story to vote for your favorites!


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  • Preparing for Your Adventure

    NFTY in Israel is an epic adventure into the story of our people. Whether you are joining us on our Adventure program, on L’dor V’dor with an extra week in Europe, focusing on Sports or Science and Technology or Social Justice on Mitzvah Corps Israel, you will have the opportunity to delve into history, physically walking through the sites where so much happened so long ago.


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  • What Happens After That Amazing NFTY in Israel Summer?

    At NFTY in Israel we know that the summer doesn’t end when our participants’ planes land back in their home airport. We also know that our teens don’t come back the “same” after a trip to Israel. A trip to Israel is a journey of a lifetime, but more importantly it is truly a transformational moment in the life of a young person. In fact, for many of our teens, once the program ends, a new chapter in their Jewish life is just beginning; and that is the voyage of understanding the role of Israel in their life as a young Jewish person in North America.


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  • Preparing our Staff to Guide Teens Throughout Europe

    In three weeks I will fly to Europe with our NFTY in Israel Educators to teach them how to lead our teens in Prague and Poland. We will visit all the sites that our teens will visit during the summer and learn how to make the story of European Jewry come alive and be relevant for our youth.


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  • National Pizza Day – Israeli Pizza Rolls!

    If you’ve ever spoken to someone who just got back from a trip to Israel, chances are that they told you about visiting the famed Marzipan bakery in Machaneh Yehuda (the outdoor market, or shuk, in Jerusalem). Marzipan is widely known for their rugelach—a chocolate pastry that they shovel straight from the oven into containers, which are quickly grabbed up by locals and tourists alike. Just about everyone I know who’s made it to the renowned bakery has come back raving about these bite-sized desserts.


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  • 5 Amazing Foods You Can Eat in the Shuk

    Israel’s outdoor markets, lovelingly called the shuk, are host to tons of amazing food. Lots of it comes in small portions, so you can sample a bit of everything as you wander through these magical markets.


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  • The Adventure You’ve Been Waiting For

    Finally, after nine years, I get to go on the trip of a life time. I have been going to GFC since Bonim 1 and this is a trip that I have been looking forward to since I began. People always came back from the trip talking about how much fun they had, the friends they made, and the memories that they made. I saw the pictures and learned about the history of Israel and Poland, but now I actually get to experience it.


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