• 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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  • The Warsaw Jewish Cemetery

    By Noah Lipsitz, Bus 8 Participant This cemetery was very different than any other I’ve seen in my life. I noticed that the entire cemetery was in the woods with trees surrounding the grave stones and life all around. The cemeteries I’ve seen usually consist of an open field with perfectly cut green grass and […]


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  • Already a Summer to Remember: Why I Wanted to Come on NFTY in Israel

    By Sydnee Ostrove, Bus 8 Participant Growing up going to synagogue, Hebrew school, and attending a Jewish overnight camp, I knew I  wanted to go to Israel. Ever since I was little, I’ve always had a strong connection to Judaism and I’ve felt as though going to Israel would bring me closer to my religion […]


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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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