• A Tale of Two Kotels……

    This past Wednesday I had the extraordinary privilege to accompany two hundred NFTYites to pray at the Kotel, the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Western Wall as you know is one of the most powerful symbols for the endurance of the Jewish people.


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  • Shabbat Shalom Eisner!

    Our second week in Israel can be characterized by the distinct histories and cultures we have encountered through our travels within the heart of the Holy Land. After last week's desert experience, we arrived in Jerusalem, greeted with grape juice and challah.


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  • Shabbat shalom from the Dead Sea

    We hope first session is going great and you're all having as much fun as we are! This past week has been very busy as we've traveled from the Negev in the south of Israel all the way to Jerusalem. In this time, our eyes have been opened to even more of the beautiful Jewish history and vibrant culture of Israel. Through archeological digs, services at the Western Wall, and getting dirty by the Dead Sea, our bus has really strengthened our bonds with each other and with Israel.


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  • Is Religion Good or Bad? Akko’s Religious Wars ask teens important questions

    Today, Thursday, the group visited the Mount of the Beatitudes best known for the "Sermon on the Mount,'" and discussed its implications for the Jewish people since. This was followed by a visit to Tzipori, where the legendary collection of Jewish Lore and Law, the Mishna, was codified. At Tzipori, the group was awed by the most beautiful Roman-Jewish mosaics in Israel. The most celebrated is called "The Mona Liza of the Galilee. " The students learned about the community that lived here and why they made these impressive works of art.


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  • Judaism’s Timelessness

    As I write this blog post on the air-conditioned confines of our group’s cross-Israel coach bus, I can’t help but consider what a miracle modern Judaism even is. If you think about it, basically it doesn’t make sense that Judaism should even be in existence today. I mean, do you ever hear about the Philistines, or is there a modern day center for the Hittites? No, of course not.


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  • How I Received the Name “Ninja.”

    When our group was in the desert, we had to go on many hikes. One of the hikes was going up Mount Shlomo. Honestly, I was afraid of stumbling rocks, really skinny roads and being above ground. As I got up that morning at 3:05 for the hike I was excited with other mixed emotions in my stomach.


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  • Overcoming Fears as a Family

    There was no doubt, after 5 years of Eisner, that group 10b would be anything less than family. Despite this, I was still nervous to embark on this month long journey with 43 other kids and all new counselors. But right from the start, I was comforted by the kehillah, community, that 10b has become.


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  • A day in Jerusalem

    Today we started off the day by going to the old city of Jerusalem. First, we went to the Ariel Center and we were educated about the history of Jerusalem and the significance to it.


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