• New Forever Friends

    By Becca Wycoff, Bus 8 Participant After coming together as a big unit for 23 days, I see how much this group really means to me. I did not know a lot of kids here because there are 2 different sessions at camp. We may not have met yet, but we all already had one […]


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  • DESERT SURVIVAL GUIDE – 6 things to remember before you hike in the Negev 

    By Ari Glockner, Bus 9 Participant  1. Lots of Water Probably the most important thing is to always bring lots of water. I cannot emphasize this enough, especially in a desert like the Negev where we weren’t able to always get water outside of our campsite. 2. Extra Food Bring extra food. When you are […]


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  • My Time in Israel So Far

    By Jonah Jaffe, Bus 7 Participant Going into this trip I was incredibly excited to experience Israel’s nature. I’ve been here twice before, but I’ve always been in big cities. The desert here did not disappoint. The hikes were stunning with incredible views, and at night you could see entire galaxies of stars. It was […]


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  • 6 Core Values of Sports Israel

    By Sports Israel, Bus 12 At URJ 6 Points Sports Academy, they teach the importance of 6 core values: Teamwork, Growth, Leadership, Sportsmanship, Pride and Intention. We asked our participants and staff on Sports Israel to talk about how they incorporated these values they learned at camp into their Israel trip. Teamwork When we play […]


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  • Reflections from the Kotel 

    By Jared Klein, Bus 8 I do not consider myself a very religious person. Sure, I go to synagogue for the high holidays and live by Jewish morals, but spirituality was never at the center of my Judaism.  All of this changed when I visited the Kotel with NFTY in Israel this summer as a […]


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  • 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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