• Creating Jewish Memories in Israel

    On Friday morning, the teens were back in Tel Aviv to visit Independence Hall. This is the site where the modern State of Israel was born in 1948.  Here the first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, read Israel’s Declaration of Independence 70 years ago. The group learned about the dramatic events of that day in the actual place it happened. Then the teens visited the popular arts and crafts fair of Nachalat Binyamin. Lunch was in the colorful and tasty at the Shuk haCarmel Market.


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  • It’s Not Goodbye, It’s L’hitraot (see you later)

    Now that the NFTY in Israel journey has ended, another journey is beginning. Your teens disembarked from the airplane very tired, but nevertheless very fulfilled. It is without a doubt that the NFTY in Israel summer is a challenging summer and ultimately it is a summer of growing up. These young people who were so far away from their homes needed to work together in a group experience that was often demanding and frequently called upon them to harness their inner resources.


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  • Remembering the 6 Million

    As I sat underneath a tree in the shade I never would have realized how one tree could mean so much in this world. As what I thought was just a place to sit to avoid the beaming sun I soon learned that this tree represents one persons story.


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  • The True NFTY in Israel Experience

    It’s so surreal to me that a month has flown by so quickly and that in just a few short days, we will be leaving. I remember looking at the itinerary before the trip and asking myself, “Would all of this be fun?”


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  • Forgetting Your Fears Through Song

    If I had to think of every moment from this trip and pick out my favorite moment, it wouldn’t be the desert, or Jerusalem, it wouldn’t even be seeing my friends for the first time in a year, it would be singing with them. As we hiked up the enormous, rocky Mountains in the Negev desert, I was terrified.


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  • A Reflection Over the Last 4 Weeks

    By Emmi Cox, NFTY in Israel Participant, Bus 2 As our last days of this trip come to an end, I have been able to reflect on how much this trip has given me. Obviously I’ve gained life long friends and unforgettable memories, but there’s much more than that. I have gained experience, love, comfort, […]


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  • 39 Teenagers – One Family

    By Jolie Pressburger, NFTY in Israel Participant, Bus 2 One thing I’ve noticed as the days left of our Israel experience become numbered and our trip begins wrapping up, is how truly amazing it is that 39 teenagers from all different parts of the US and from all different walks of life came together this […]


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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). Often 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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  • A Look Back on Week 3 for Bus 2

    After 4 tiring days of Chavayot, Bus 2 finally arrived at Kibbutz Hukuk (Hakuk Balev). We got our room assignments, and since we were able to request roommates, most people were very happy. The kibbutz has a playground that we can hang around at, swing, exercise, and hang eno’s!


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