• Musician David Broza on Music, Peace, Israel, and More

    An Interview with the Israeli Superstar By Jo-Ann Mort, 10/22/2019 Described recently by Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin as “the best of the best,” singer-songwriter, peace activist, and native son David Broza has been charming audiences around the world with his folk, rock, and blues music for more than four decades. Just in time for David’s appearance […]


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  • The Sukkah of Israel and Diaspora

    By Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Vice President of the URJ for Israel & Reform Zionism & Executive Director of ARZA Yom Kippur has come and gone, we’ve deprived ourselves, fasted, and done tshuvah for our sins. Now it is time to rejoice. If there was ever a time for rejoicing and happiness it is after the most […]


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  • Eating Our Way Through Israel

    By Abigail Segel, Bus 2 Participant Hummus, falafel, shakshuka, pita, za’atar and Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem Cookbook. That was my idea of Israeli cuisine before I left for my Israel adventure this summer. Having been here for four weeks, I now understand that just as Israel hosts a diversity of people, it contains an immense array […]


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  • The Journey of Sci-Tech Israel

    By Corey Brand, Bus 11 Participant After going to 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy for four years, I really wanted to spend my summer pursuing STEM and Judaism yet again. About a week into the trip, we made our way into the Holy City of Jerusalem. The Old City was breathtaking! We toured the same streets […]


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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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  • Bus 3 – Meet Your Staff!

    Hey NFTY in Israel Bus 3, your staff are so excited to meet you in just 2 days! Here is a quick look at who your staff are.


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  • The Language of LGBTQ Pride in Israel

    By Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, Director of Israel Engagement LGBTQ Pride marches began as a way to continue the struggles and victories symbolized by the June 28, 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Annually, on various dates mostly in June, LGBTQ communities organize events across cities in the U.S. and around the world. Properly understood, […]


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  • 5 Ways to Observe Yom HaZikaron Outside Israel

    By Kate Bigam Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, is a deeply somber time in the State of Israel. Writes an American Reform cantor who took her sabbatical in Israel, In Israel, it’s personal. There is nothing remote or symbolic about Yom HaZikaron for Israelis. It is the day when you remember specific people in your family, or […]


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  • Bearing Witness Today: Delayed Grief and Yom HaZikaron

    By Rabbi Seth L. Bernstein, D. MIN. Of all the curiosities surrounding the Jewish calendar, I continue to be startled by the fact that only during these Omer days – between Passover and Shavuot – do Jews have back-to-back commemorations of sadness. Soon after Passover, we commemorate Yom HaShoah only to be followed by Yom HaZikaron. Each year, depending on when Shabbat falls within […]


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  • 10 Ways Jewish Israelis Will Celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut This Year

    By Nadav Savaia Because Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) fall back to back on the Hebrew calendar, Independence Day festivities begin almost immediately after the mourning and solemnities of Memorial Day. As Memorial Day ends, Jewish Israelis will… Celebrate in the streets: That evening, Israel’s cities will provide hours of endless entertainment […]


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