• 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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  • Consider One of These 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

    This time of year it is common for people to reflect on the last 365 days and look towards the future. With 2019 right around the corner it is never too early to start making resolutions for personal enhancement for the year to come. Consider one of these New Year's resolutions and get excited for 2019 with one of our six unique trip options!


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  • Summer 2019 is Right Around the Corner!

    With 2019 less than two weeks away, does that mean we can start counting down to summer? In these cold winter months we all need something warm to look forward to. In my personal, unbiased opinion, there is nothing better than relaxing under the warm sun on the beaches of Tel Aviv, sleeping under the stars on the sand in the Negev, or taking a pleasant float in the Dead Sea. With only 6 months left before our first trip departs, here is a list of things our teens will learn in just the first week on our once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Israel!


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  • Three Things You Can Only Do with NFTY in Israel This Summer

    A summer on NFTY in Israel is so much more than a few weeks in a different country. Through adventure, food, games, sports, social justice, hiking, swimming, science and technology, Hebrew, climbing mountains, sleeping under the stars, and so much more, teens on NFTY in Israel return home with so much more than they left with (and I’m not just talking about the souvenirs).


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  • Beyond the Headlines: Connecting Jews on the Ground in Israel

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director As director of the URJ’s NFTY in Israel initiative and a resident of Jerusalem, I was asked recently to write a blog post about Israel. With that in mind, I am going back to a topic I know well – or at least one I care about deeply: the complicated relationship between […]


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  • There is something remarkable about Hanukkah in Jerusalem

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director Hanukkah is without a doubt a peculiar Holiday. And not because it commemorates a story about a victory where the few prevailed against the many, and the weak won out against the strong. We are all familiar with the theme, “they tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat,” a theme that […]


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  • The 8 Miracles of NFTY in Israel

    Hanukkah is here and, in the spirit of the season, we're excited to share eight moments that will make your NFTY in Israel trip this summer as miraculous as that little jar of oil lasting for all eight nights! Of course, like the Hanukkah oil, there is so much more to the miracle of a NFTY in Israel summer than just what is on this list!


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  • Hanukkah and Hinuch (Jewish Education)

    t is winter now in Jerusalem and we are just a few days away from Hanukkah. Hanukkah was born in Jerusalem. It was a victory celebration of a minority people whose culture had been outlawed by the tyranny of the majority. The Hebrew word Hanukkah is connected to the Hebrew word for Hinuch “Education.”


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  • The Ultimate Throwback Thursday (TBT)

    NFTY in Israel has been leading trips to Israel since 1958. With an alumni database of nearly 30,000 teens, we have an extensive collection of photos taken over the last 60 years. For a classic TBT post, here are some favorite photos over the last 10 years.


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