• One Last Shabbat Together

    Buses 6, 7, 8, and 9 celebrated their last Shabbat in Israel all together! Here’s video of these teens from our Eisner Camp, Crane Lake Camp, Camp Harlam, and North American communities singing Hinei Ma Tov – how good it is that we can be together!


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  • Reflections on Our Jewish Journey and the Choices Ahead

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director Now that the NFTY in Israel journey is about to end, another journey is soon beginning. Once your teens have rested and have had a chance to catch up with the family and friends they missed over the summer, it will be well worth your while to help these world […]


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  • Finding Your Piece in the Jewish Puzzle

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director The beginning of the program may seem like years ago, when your teens made their way to Europe and then on to Israel to find themselves wandering in the desert, just like their ancestors. Yet now, only a few weeks later, the story of our people is coming together in […]


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  • My Time in Israel So Far

    By Jonah Jaffe, Bus 7 Participant Going into this trip I was incredibly excited to experience Israel’s nature. I’ve been here twice before, but I’ve always been in big cities. The desert here did not disappoint. The hikes were stunning with incredible views, and at night you could see entire galaxies of stars. It was […]


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  • The Negev in Pictures

    By Addie Blachman, Bus 7 Participant The entire trip to the desert was a once in a lifetime experience. I was able to step out of my comfort zone and face fears that helped me grow. I would not trade my experience in the desert for anything else. See the desert journey through my eyes. […]


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  • I Thank Therefore I Am ….

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director Many of you are familiar with the quote from the great French philosopher Rene Descartes who said, “I think, therefore I am.” It is an interesting concept however, Jewish tradition is somewhat different because our approach is more like… “I thank therefore I am.” I had this realization the other […]


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