• Kishrei Noar – Youth Connections

    By Hannah Mink, Bus 9 Participant I wasn’t totally sure what to expect before meeting the Israelis. I was worried that it would make our whole group dynamic awkward, and considering that we started the summer not knowing each other I was even more worried. But as soon as we met the 6 Israelis who […]


    Continue reading
  • An intense four days 

    By Rebecca Wycoff, Bus 8 Participant For four days, a couple of my friends and I spent time on an IDF army base. The chavaya (or ‘choose your own experience’) that we chose was Gadna, an army experience designed for Israeli high schoolers. Gadna allows you get a sneak peak into what Israelis do in […]


    Continue reading
  • Meeting Our New Israeli Friends

    By Paige Wright, Maddy Cherry, Maya Greenstein and Kaleigh Silverstein, Bus 6 Participants This past Friday we had the amazing opportunity for eight Israeli teens to join our group for the next week. At first we were nervous about them joining us on our trip, but our nerves quickly faded. The day before they came […]


    Continue reading
  • Jewish Self Reflection

    By Evan Bazel, Bus 6 Participant I feel Judaism in America is a concept and practice plagued with superficialities and grey areas. Speaking from experience in both the Conservative and Reform sects, I can declare with the utmost confidence that the religion itself, an entity comprised of numerous teachings and superstitions, has lost its importance […]


    Continue reading
  • Finding Your Piece in the Jewish Puzzle

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director The beginning of the program may seem like years ago, when your teens made their way to Europe and then on to Israel to find themselves wandering in the desert, just like their ancestors. Yet now, only a few weeks later, the story of our people is coming together in […]


    Continue reading
  • 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 […]


    Continue reading
  • Why I Chose Yam L’Yam

    By Jake Delforte, Bus 9 Participant  For my four day Chavaya program, I chose to do Yam l’Yam, or Sea to Sea. Over the course of the four days, we hiked from the Sea of Galilee to the Mediterranean Sea. Looking back on my Chavaya experience, I have nothing but great things to say.  NFTY […]


    Continue reading