• Summer 2016 Blog Archive

    View group stories & photos from summer 2016!


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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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  • Chavaya, Israelis, and Our Last Days Together

    It has been a great few days that we got to add new Israelis members to our NFTY family. Now I am excited to make the most out of these last few days. It is very sad though since we have such a short time left together. I know we made great memories together and hope that we will all stay in touch.


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  • Tikun Olam

    During the past week our unit participated in separate three day tracks called Chavayot. I had the pleasure of partaking in the Tikun Olam track, a social action program during which myself and 30 other reform Jewish teens dedicated our days to service work of all forms. From ethical farming to food insecurity to life with disabilities, we Tikun Olam participants explored the many facets of social action and the communities it affects.


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  • Yam L’yam

    This last week, I hiked and biked from the Sea of Galilee to the Mediterranean Sea alongside 70 other Jewish American teens. Earlier in the trip, we all participated in similar outdoor adventures during our time in the Negev. Disproving many of our fears about this similarity, Yam L’yam was a completely unique experience.


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  • Memories to inspire a life-time of connection to the Jewish Story and to our people’s future

    Though the group is heading into its last days in Israel, the schedule is rich with sites and experiences designed to give our teens memories to inspire a life time of connection to the Jewish Story and to our people's future.


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  • Israel: One More Week and So Much to See and Do

    Though the group is heading into its last week in Israel, the schedule is rich with sites and experiences designed to give our teens memories to inspire a life time of connection to the Jewish Story and to our people's future.


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  • 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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