• Derech Eretz: Creating Sacred Conversations Here and There in the Land of Israel

    Whether your children are now deep in the desert, up in the hills of the Galilee or smack in the middle of the country, there is one part of their program that remains consistent throughout their journey- and that is the emphasis we place on the importance of “ Conversation.”


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  • Tomorrow We Leave the Desert and Arrive in Jerusalem, the Destination of Our Dreams!

    It was only 4 days ago that we left the Poland, but it feels like a life time ago because we have done so much since arriving in Israel. On Monday, the group drove to their hotel to check-in and sleep after the overnight flight. Then after lunch, the groups boarded their buses and drove about 20 minutes to the famous look out point of Old Jaffa for an "Opening Ceremony." The height of Old Jaffa offers a breathtaking view of the blue Mediterranean Sea and overlooks the beautiful seaside city of modern Tel Aviv.


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  • Confronting the Past

    This past week in Europe has been incredible. As a first-time madrich, counselor, I experienced each site and journey for the first time with the chanichim, campers. We had a variety of learning opportunities while traveling in the Czech Republic and Poland. Our bus took us across Eastern Europe as we explored concentration camps, ghettos, synagogues, old town squares and Jewish communities of the past and present among other activities.


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  • Elie Wiesel z”l

    As our week in Europe Ended with the painful and poignant stories about the destruction of European Jewry, Rabbi Elliot Kleinman shared these meaningful words about the life of Elie Wiesel z"l


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  • “This Year in Jerusalem is Now!”

    In just a few hours Groups 8,9,10 and 11 are flying to Israel and are looking forward to the sunshine of this land. Emotionally and Intellectually the groups' adventures in Prague and Poland has been intense and meaningful. The participants have learned some much about 1,000 years of Jewish creativity and coping through one of humanity's darkest chapters culminating in the Holocaust of European Jewry. The Jewish People has never been the same since and Europe has never been the same since. One of the main discussions in Poland was on "What lessons can humanity learn from the Holocaust that can help us improve life on this planet?" With deep discussions and sharing, the participants are being prepared to transition from the gray skies of Poland to the vibrant Mediterranean pulse of modern Tel Aviv.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from the Chaperones

    Shabbat Shalom! This week has gone by very fast for all of us. It is hard to believe we will be on our way to Warsaw by the time you get our blog.


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  • Torah L’Shma – Learning For its Own Sake

    One of the central values of Jewish tradition is the concept of Torah L’Shma (Learning for its own sake). And often times this value feels like it clashes directly with some of the messages that are sent by the dominant western culture that surrounds all of us. At times we feel as if we are encircled by a construct where learning is treated as simply a means for getting ahead.


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