• Forever Changed

    By Rudy Brandt, Bus 8 Staff Teary-eyed and Teva-tanned I walked away from my kids at the Newark Airport after a 12 hour flight back to the U.S. from Israel and an absolutely amazing summer. Before I let myself walk away, I looked at each one of them hugging each other, tears of their own […]


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  • 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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  • Welcoming the Israelis

    By Jordan Schmidt, Bus 8 Participant Throughout our time in Israel, our entire bus has bonded, reinforced old friendships, and made new friendships that will last a lifetime. This week, we welcomed seven new members to our group: native Israelis. Something that I think is so amazing about our group is our community and how […]


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  • An intense four days 

    By Rebecca Wycoff, Bus 8 Participant For four days, a couple of my friends and I spent time on an IDF army base. The chavaya (or ‘choose your own experience’) that we chose was Gadna, an army experience designed for Israeli high schoolers. Gadna allows you get a sneak peak into what Israelis do in […]


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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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  • Ghetto: A Poem

    By Samantha (Sami) Silk, Bus 8 Participant   the path that we now follow is the Exodus our ancestors never chose flooding with pain they died not to swallow the past spills into the river and flows   we cross a blue bridge over blue waters just like our Jewish mothers and our Jewish fathers […]


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