• 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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  • Tonight we celebrate and remember the Highlights of our NFTY trip to Israel

    The last days of the trip are designed to inspire memories for a lifetime. Creating Jewish memories is what NFTY in Israel is all about. Our hope is to create Jewish memories that inspire the participants to feel a part of the Jewish Community and to feel a commitment to its future as happy, proud members and maybe even a leader in the next generation of our people – L'Dor V'Dor (from Generation to Generation).


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  • Week with our Israelis

    Week four started with meeting our new Israeli peers. They are all extremely nice, outgoing, and add so much culture into our group. On Sunday, we all played ice breaker games to get to know each other followed by banana boating, swimming, and team building games.


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  • At Yad Vashem, Kaddish Teaches us to “Affirm Life.”

    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 lifetime of connection to the Jewish Story and to our people's future.


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  • The Israeli Experience

    Although it will be sad to leave I will be happy sharing my last week with my new friends from Israel and am ready for them to make my last week the best week of my trip. Israel is a truly amazing and wonderful land which should have a special place in everyone’s heart all around the world.


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  • Bringing Israel Home

    These past three weeks have been different than what I expected going into this trip but the things I have done here have been experiences of a lifetime and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.


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  • Today Begins The Big Family Reunion with our Long-Lost Israeli Teen Cousins

    This past Thursday the group visited the mystical mountain-top city of Tzfat to learn about the poets, mystics and artists that have this given this ancient and Holy City its fabled reputation. In 1492 when the Jews were expelled from Spain a large number of Jewish refugees decided it was time to go back home to the Land of Israel.


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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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  • Shabbat Shalom from the Road

    After a great Saturday, we started our week with a walking tour around the Old City of Akko. We learned how Napolean tried to conquer the city and were impressed by the beauty of the El Jazzar mosque as we learned about Islam. Following lunch at a kibbutz in the Galilee, we split off into our different Chavayot.


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