• Summer 2016 Blog Archive

    View group stories & photos from summer 2016!


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  • Remembering

    The things that have happened here we will cherish for a lifetime. From small to big memories, this trip has changed us for the better. As we remember our trip, we are also trying to forget that soon we will be leaving the place and people that we have grown to love over the past 5 weeks.


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  • L’Hitraot from Rabbi Kirschen

    On behalf of NFTY in Israel, again thank you for sharing your remarkable young people with us this summer. It was privilege to learn with them, take care of them, and grow with them over these past weeks. Rabbi Isaac in the Talmud said, "I have learned much from my teachers, and even more from my friends, but the most I have learned, is from are my students.” We have learned much from these participants this summer, and now that they are home, we are sure you will too.


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  • A Conversation from Two Sides of the Jewish World

    This Shabbat will be the last Shabbat in Israel for our groups after five weeks of walking through three thousand years of the Jewish story. As I observe our participants at the end of this journey, they look very very tired but nevertheless very fulfilled.


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  • Hey Eisner, Shabbat shalom!

    This week, we began to focus on the current day Israel. We began by welcoming Israeli teens into our group. This gives us the chance to see Israel from their eyes while also showing them how we practice Judaism as American Jews.


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  • Reaching Out

    Whether we spent this week digging, changing the world, or traveling from sea to sea, each of us reached within ourselves and finished the chavayot with a new sense of pride and accomplishment.


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  • Ancient and Tenacious – “The Wall” is the Symbol of the Jewish People par excellence.

    We want to help the next generation to have the tools to dream Big Jewish Dreams for the Future of the Jewish People. May the participants travel from "Strength to Strength."


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  • Our Biggest Challenges

    As the trip begins to come to a close, I've had time to reflect on all I've learned, and how in the world I'm going to explain all of this to my family back home. Maybe one accomplishment I can show is now I can proudly say I can count all the way to 53 in Hebrew!


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  • Moments

    It is these moments which I will remember most when I have to leave here, and what reminds me why I wanted to come in the first place. It is these moments which will bring me back.


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