• The People of Sci-Tech Israel

    By Elena Crowell and Russell Kramer, Bus 11 Participants There have been many memorable experiences over the last three weeks. One thing that I will truly miss is the people, the people on the Sci-Tech Israel trip that I became friends with, the counselors who helped us to explore Israel, and the people on Mitzvah […]


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  • Comparing NFTY in Israel to Summer Camp 

    By Kayla Cohen, Bus 7 Participant Having gone to Crane Lake Camp for 7 years, I can without a doubt say that my camp friends are my best friends. But, now being separated from the gates surrounding CLC, NFTY in Israel is providing me with a completely new experience.  As we tour all day, our […]


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  • Landing in Israel

    By Jacqueline Herman, Bus 5 Participant Stepping foot on the plane to Israel for the second time, but my first time with friends was such a special feeling. Everyone was having mixed emotions, but mostly excitement. For most of my friends this is their first time traveling to Israel. Greene Family Camp has helped prepare […]


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  • My Combined Passion for STEM and Judaism

    By Meredith Rosenthal, Bus 11 Participant My passions for STEM and my Jewish identity have always been some of the most integral aspects of who I am. Since Israel is a hub for both Judaism and outstanding technology and innovation, being apart of Sci-Tech Israel has given me unique opportunities to explore things that I […]


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  • Why I Chose Gadna

    By Rachael Metzgar, Bus 4 Participant I would like to preface this with the fact that I am insecure. I don’t often find myself overcoming huge challenges – and that’s exactly why I signed up for Gadna. I wanted to push myself and try new things.  The first day was by far the worst. We […]


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  • Reflections on Auschwitz

    By Jacob Schwartz, Bus 6 Participant We started early in the morning, and as we drove through Oswiecim, Poland, we could feel the depressing atmosphere. It was a dreary day, with very gray skies.  When we arrived at Birkenau, I was hit with a solemn sense of dread seeing the railway station. As we walked […]


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  • Why I wanted to staff NFTY in Israel

    By Annie Abramowitz, Bus 5 Staff Working for NFTY in Israel was never really on my mind until last summer. I remember sitting with my campers when one of them turned to me and said, “So, you’re going to be our counselor for Israel next summer?” I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to, so […]


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  • On the Wings of Eagles

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director So much of our trip this summer is dedicated to experiential Jewish learning and Jewish identity formation. NFTY in Israel presents an itinerary that tells the epic, 3,000-year-old, story of the Jewish people; or what Israelis call from Bible to Bibi! Just as it is important for these teens to […]


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