• Connected to Israel

    By Riley Bermas, Bus 11 Participant Everywhere you look there’s history. Thousands of years of human growth and development concentrated in one place. The feeling is palpable. Remnants of past civilizations are incorporated seamlessly with modern architecture, and it’s a constant reminder of everything Israel represents. Whether it’s praying at the Western Wall or walking […]


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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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  • Two Sides of the Kotel

    By Quinn Alpern, Bus 11 Participant There’s an arc, a story line, a plot with every trip and pilgrimage. A coming-of-age, a mission of discovery, or, exposing yourself to learning and opportunity and facing the promised land with an open heart. I, too, abide by this stature: I arrive eager and scared. Not to be […]


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  • The People of Sci-Tech Israel

    By Elena Crowell and Russell Kramer, Bus 11 Participants There have been many memorable experiences over the last three weeks. One thing that I will truly miss is the people, the people on the Sci-Tech Israel trip that I became friends with, the counselors who helped us to explore Israel, and the people on Mitzvah […]


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  • My Combined Passion for STEM and Judaism

    By Meredith Rosenthal, Bus 11 Participant My passions for STEM and my Jewish identity have always been some of the most integral aspects of who I am. Since Israel is a hub for both Judaism and outstanding technology and innovation, being apart of Sci-Tech Israel has given me unique opportunities to explore things that I […]


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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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  • Shabbat Shalom from Sci-Tech Israel!

    Some of our teens on Sci-Tech Israel shares why 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy is so important to them during this Shabbat Shalom message!


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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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