• Tzfat and the mystical aspects of Lecha Dodi and Tikkun Olam

    Today the group completed the Chavaya experiences. These were four-day activities during which the students explored an "Interest Project" with a like-minded group of friends. The choices were; Gadna, an Israel Defense Force immersion; Tikkun Olam Social Justice projects; and a Hike from the Sea of Galilee to the Mediterranean Sea. This evening with the Chavaya experiences concluded and the student will re-Group as before and share presentations with each other about what they experienced in the "Chavaya" programs.


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  • To the Kinneret and Beyond

    Hello! Jacob Levine here! We spent the last few days in Akko, a beautiful and diverse city near Haifa. We arrived on July 7th, which is my birthday and the last day of Ramadan.


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  • Coastal Coexistence

    By Mollie Kraus Right now I’m on the bus to our first volunteering expedition for the Tikkun Olam program. We have just spent three days in Akko, a port city well known for being mixed between Arabs and Jews. Our Tikkun Olam group has been talking a lot about what it means to heal the […]


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  • Why NFTY visited a Mosque

    Today, Sunday, Groups 5 and 6 explored the Ancient Mediterranean port city of Akko. Akko is home to the second largest Mosque in the Land of Israel called the Al-Jazzar Mosque. The counselors were surprised to discover that very few of the American Teens had ever been inside a Mosque before.


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  • Camp Newman- Shabbat Shalom!

    We went to the Western Wall on Tuesday and it was one of the most meaningful events on the trip so far. We kept thinking about how many dreams, prayers, and hopes for the future are captured in the cracks of the Wall. We thought this was so powerful because these notes are the wishes of our people from all of the past generations. It was so interesting how emotional all of the women became when they came to the wall.


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  • 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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  • First Looks

    After working within and participating in URJ and NFTY programs since I was fourteen, I’ve experienced plenty “firsts” with these organizations. Since working with programs like this, I’ve also had the pleasure of being a part of other peoples’ “firsts,” and it never gets old.


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  • A Week Of Traveling

    Our first week consisted of the desert's many obstacles such as heights, heat, and physical exhaustion. Coming to Jerusalem, everyone was focused on the excitement of showering and sleeping somewhere without rocks beneath them. But through all this chaos, we seemed to have forgotten the beauties this city brings Jewish people all around the world. It offers hope, fun, peace, and endless possibilities to connect with one's faith. Although the days we spent here went by quickly, the activities we did allowed us to get a real feel of what Jerusalem is about.


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  • “How did they do July 4th in Israel?”

    For Groups 5 and 6 every day is filled with rich discoveries; visiting Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea and Akko. There is so much to look forward to and also to enjoy right now with friends.


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  • Desert

    Today, we left the desert! The overall experience was amazing and breathtaking, yet filled our shoes with more sand than we thought possible. From sleeping under the stars each night to a campfire of American-Israeli accents, our time in the desert was sandy and memorable.


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