Kotel Tales

Kotel Tales

By Loren Sykes, Director of Israel Immersives I have visited the Kotel HaMa’aravi – The Western Wall – more often in the past two weeks than I have in the past four years. One day this week, groups of NFTY in Israel teens saw two very different faces of the kinds of...
Sea to Sea with Bus 1

Sea to Sea with Bus 1

By Abbie Lambert Sea to sea. Yam L’Yam. It’s in the name yet it’s still hard to believe. We physically walked across an entire country. We physically traveled from the Sea of Galilee to the Mediterranean Sea. Sea to sea. Yam L’yam. Going in to this...
Details, Details, Details…or, What You Might not be Hearing from Your Teen

Details, Details, Details…or, What You Might not be Hearing from Your Teen

By Rabbi Loren Sykes, Director of Israel Immersives The second of this week’s double Torah portion, Matot – Masei, opens with what could be described as a very dry travel blog. Occasionally, there is a verse that provides a small detail about one of the places...
Developing Relationships with the Land of Israel

Developing Relationships with the Land of Israel

By Rabbi Loren Sykes, Director of Israel Immersives Among the many themes in this week’s Torah portion, Pinhas, one stands out in how it speaks directly to the experience of our NFTY in Israel groups this week: The tale of the daughters of Zelophehad. The story goes...