• Eating Our Way Through Israel

    By Abigail Segel, Bus 2 Participant Hummus, falafel, shakshuka, pita, za’atar and Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem Cookbook. That was my idea of Israeli cuisine before I left for my Israel adventure this summer. Having been here for four weeks, I now understand that just as Israel hosts a diversity of people, it contains an immense array […]


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  • Big and Small Moments

    By Anna Levy, Bus 2 Participant For the last few years of my life, I’ve been anticipating my Israel trip. Seeing older campers come back from their trip and rave about how wonderful it was just made me more excited. When this year finally came, looking forward to Israel was one of the things that […]


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  • Reflections on a Jewish Journey and the Choices Ahead

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director Now that the NFTY in Israel journey has ended, another journey is 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 travelers reflect on […]


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  • Why You Should Go On NFTY in Israel

    By Sarah Silver, Bus 2 Participant Throughout the year as the Israel trip steadily crept closer and more people began asking me about my summer plans, I found that I kept answering the same question: why are you going to Israel for an entire month? Each time I simply responded, “This is the year where […]


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  • Happy Birthday, Sydney!

    We love celebrating birthday’s on NFTY in Israel!


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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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  • Bus 2’s Icebreakers with Our Israeli Peers

    On Sunday, we met our Israeli peers! Here’s some fun we had getting to know each other…


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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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  • Chavayot on Bus 1: Tikkun Olam

    Why I Chose Tikkun Olam By Emmaleah Stapp When it comes to picking a chavaya for the summer, you may find there is an obvious, “easy” option. Meaning, you wouldn’t have to apply effort or the actions involve less physical work. Tikkun Olam may fall under this category of “easy.” I found that many of […]


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