• Why I Chose Gadna: An Israeli Defense Force Training

    By Sloan Salinas, Bus 1 Participant I had never felt certain about doing the army. Some people are positive that they’re going to go into the navy or the air force or some branch of the military. While I hadn’t ruled out the possibility, I was never one of those people. So when I was […]


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  • The Warsaw Jewish Cemetery

    By Noah Lipsitz, Bus 8 Participant This cemetery was very different than any other I’ve seen in my life. I noticed that the entire cemetery was in the woods with trees surrounding the grave stones and life all around. The cemeteries I’ve seen usually consist of an open field with perfectly cut green grass and […]


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  • Bus 2’s Icebreakers with Our Israeli Peers

    On Sunday, we met our Israeli peers! Here’s some fun we had getting to know each other…


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  • Auschwitz: The Importance of Remembrance

    By Becca Newman, Bus 7 Participant This past year in school, I had the opportunity to learn about the Holocaust throughout the entire month of March. We took as long as needed to make sure we understood the significance of it and what really happened. Going to Auschwitz – Birkenau with Crane Lake Camp as […]


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  • Why I wanted to be a Madrich on NFTY in Israel

    By Ilan Bar, Bus 6 Staff I grew up in the north of Israel on a small kibbutz to a family who cherishes Israeli land and Jewish values and culture.  Last year while spending a summer as a counselor at Camp George in Canada, I realized how important it is for Jewish kids in the […]


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  • Already a Summer to Remember: Why I Wanted to Come on NFTY in Israel

    By Sydnee Ostrove, Bus 8 Participant Growing up going to synagogue, Hebrew school, and attending a Jewish overnight camp, I knew I  wanted to go to Israel. Ever since I was little, I’ve always had a strong connection to Judaism and I’ve felt as though going to Israel would bring me closer to my religion […]


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  • Prague to Poland Transition

    by Rachel Lischin, Bus 9 Participant    The beginning of a five-week trip full of teenagers who have never met one another, as imaginable, can be a bit scary.  It turned out alright though, as I think the jet lag and exasperation was a bonding point for all of us. After a good night of sleep […]


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  • On The Bus Again! – July 4th

    By Mitzvah Corps Israel Bus 10 (Parts adapted from Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again”) Wake up! It’s time for an exciting day! Bring down laundry and head to breakfast. Get on the bus to go to the HUC.  Got my hat, water, and sunscreen! Walk through he HUC and hear about the opportunities that […]


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  • One Thing I Want To Learn This Summer

    By Albany Nelson, Bus 4 Participant I’ve always liked being Jewish. I’ve always loved the culture and asked many pondering questions since I was young. For so long I asked my parents for a trip to Israel year after year after year. Every year they would say “maybe next year”. So, when I heard that […]


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