• Connected to Israel

    By Riley Bermas, Bus 11 Participant Everywhere you look there’s history. Thousands of years of human growth and development concentrated in one place. The feeling is palpable. Remnants of past civilizations are incorporated seamlessly with modern architecture, and it’s a constant reminder of everything Israel represents. Whether it’s praying at the Western Wall or walking […]


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  • Machane Yehuda—the Jerusalem Shuk!

    By Dana Herrnstadt, Bus 10 Participant Not only did I eat the best falafel I have ever tasted in my life, but I drank coffee from Aroma, which is basically Israeli Starbucks, but so much better. Like, so much better. Like, imagine Starbucks, and then imagine it’s so much better than it is — that’s […]


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  • Home in Jerusalem

    By Sophie Ungerleider, Bus 8 Participant Coming from a small town in mid Michigan, I am a part of a tiny Jewish community. My town is filled with somewhere around 25 churches and the closest synagogue to me is 30 minutes away. Coming to camp each summer is by far the biggest Jewish community I […]


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  • The Negev in Pictures

    By Addie Blachman, Bus 7 Participant The entire trip to the desert was a once in a lifetime experience. I was able to step out of my comfort zone and face fears that helped me grow. I would not trade my experience in the desert for anything else. See the desert journey through my eyes. […]


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  • Reflections on a 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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  • A Special Shabbat Together

    By Ethan Glass, Bus 8 Participant Everyday this year, my assistant P.E. teacher would remind me of the formula for a great day: “lots of energy and lots of focus.”  Although it’s a simple phrase, I feel like this perfectly connects to the amazing experience that Harlam in Israel Bus 8 just had in Poland […]


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