• 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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  • Finding Connections from my Experience in Poland

    By Maya Kendall, Bus 7 Participant My earliest memory of learning about the Shoah begins in fourth grade. I was nine years old, sitting in Hebrew School, watching videos of bodies being dragged and tossed onto piles of more dead bodies. I had no idea what I was seeing, who these people were, or why […]


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  • Why I chose Mitzvah Corps Israel

    By Melissa Hesse, Bus 10 Staff Last year, I was a Madrichah for Mitzvah Corps Israel.  As a full time teacher during the school year, I wanted to do something meaningful with my summer.  Through my home congregation, I learned about NFTY in Israel and of the amazing adventures it provides for teens of the […]


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