• Machane Yehuda—the Jerusalem Shuk!

    By Dana Herrnstadt, Bus 10 Participant Not only did I eat the best falafel I have ever tasted in my life, but I drank coffee from Aroma, which is basically Israeli Starbucks, but so much better. Like, so much better. Like, imagine Starbucks, and then imagine it’s so much better than it is — that’s […]


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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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  • My Experiences Through Mitzvah Corps Israel

    By Max Holzer, Bus 10 Participant The 2019 Mitzvah Corps Israel trip was amazing. We learned so much about the culture here, the variety in the population, about ourselves, and got to see awesome sights and try new foods. We went to eat lunch in a Druze house where we had traditional Druze food. We […]


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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 chose Mitzvah Corps Israel

    By Melissa Hesse, Bus 10 Staff Last year, I was a Madrichah for Mitzvah Corps Israel.  As a full time teacher during the school year, I wanted to do something meaningful with my summer.  Through my home congregation, I learned about NFTY in Israel and of the amazing adventures it provides for teens of the […]


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  • On The Bus Again! – July 4th

    By Mitzvah Corps Israel Bus 10 (Parts adapted from Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again”) Wake up! It’s time for an exciting day! Bring down laundry and head to breakfast. Get on the bus to go to the HUC.  Got my hat, water, and sunscreen! Walk through he HUC and hear about the opportunities that […]


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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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  • Our Mitzvah Corps Israel Staff Are Excited!

    Shortly before our teens arrived on Thursday, our staff expressed how excited they are for the summer!


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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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