• 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 […]


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  • 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 […]


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  • 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 […]


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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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  • 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 […]


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  • Ghetto: A Poem

    By Samantha (Sami) Silk, Bus 8 Participant   the path that we now follow is the Exodus our ancestors never chose flooding with pain they died not to swallow the past spills into the river and flows   we cross a blue bridge over blue waters just like our Jewish mothers and our Jewish fathers […]


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