• Reflections on Our 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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  • 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 like… “I thank therefore I am.” I had this realization the other […]


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  • The End of Sea to Sea!

    On the last day of Sea to Sea our teens got to end their journey with a relaxing cool off in the Mediterranean Sea!


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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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  • 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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  • When I first came to Israel

    By Eliana Gertler, Bus 3 Participant When I first came to Israel it felt like a whole new chapter in my life. I was able to see the palm trees, feel the warm breeze, and it made me feel special, like I was home away from home. I already started to get to know the people […]


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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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