• Arriving in Israel

    By Lily Gould, Bus 6 Participant As we arrived in Israel after a short plane ride from Warsaw, Poland, excitement filled the air. Everyone was so excited to see Israel, more endearingly known as the “Holy Land.” I had learned about this place throughout my childhood. Growing up at Eisner Camp, they instilled Jewish values […]


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  • Reflections on Auschwitz

    By Jacob Schwartz, Bus 6 Participant We started early in the morning, and as we drove through Oswiecim, Poland, we could feel the depressing atmosphere. It was a dreary day, with very gray skies.  When we arrived at Birkenau, I was hit with a solemn sense of dread seeing the railway station. As we walked […]


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  • On the Wings of Eagles

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director So much of our trip this summer is dedicated to experiential Jewish learning and Jewish identity formation. NFTY in Israel presents an itinerary that tells the epic, 3,000-year-old, story of the Jewish people; or what Israelis call from Bible to Bibi! Just as it is important for these teens to […]


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  • Why I wanted to be a Madrich on NFTY in Israel

    By Ilan Bar, Bus 6 Staff I grew up in the north of Israel on a small kibbutz to a family who cherishes Israeli land and Jewish values and culture.  Last year while spending a summer as a counselor at Camp George in Canada, I realized how important it is for Jewish kids in the […]


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  • NFTY in Israel: A Reform Jewish Journey

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director As you are reading this, our teens are preparing for Shabbat services in the Galilee, on the Mediterranean coast, in Jerusalem and even in Krakow, Poland. This has been an intensive week for all our participants who have been exploring and learning about a remarkable array of ideas and events. […]


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  • The Obligation of Asking Questions

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director Tonight, some of our teens will be spending Shabbat in the city of Krakow, Poland while others will be experiencing morning prayer in the Negev desert. Other teens will be saying kiddush surrounded by the rolling hills of the Galilee, and then there are those teens who will be saying […]


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  • Instagram Takeover

    This summer, we are having each bus takeover the @nftyisrael Instagram page for one day! Check out the schedule to follow along the journey:  


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  • A Step-by-Step Guide for Departure Day

    Our first buses leave for Israel in less than 4 weeks! This means we’re about to facilitate 470 teens transferring through our various gateway airports on their way to Israel or Europe. Fortunately, they’re not all traveling on the same day!


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