I Thank Therefore I Am ….

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...
On the Wings of Eagles

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...
Prague to Poland Transition

Prague to Poland Transition

by Rachel Lischin, Bus 9 Participant    The beginning of a five-week trip full of teenagers who have never met one another, as imaginable, can be a bit scary.  It turned out alright though, as I think the jet lag and exasperation was a bonding point for all of us....
NFTY in Israel: A Reform Jewish Journey

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...