• School’s Out For Summer

    On June 1, the Spring 2018 semester of Heller High came to a close. The students have returned, and the final transcripts have been sent; summer is here and school is out! So what does the Heller High staff do now?


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  • Learning about Israeli Politics: a day in a Mock Knesset

    Each semester, all Heller High students participate in a Mock Knesset--a full group, day long activity that introduces the basics of how the Israeli government forms and operates. The Knesset, which literally means "gathering" or "assembly," is the Israeli national legislature, responsible for passing the nation's laws and electing its leaders. 


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  • URJ Heller High to Offer $1,000 Tuition Discount for the Fall 2018 Semester

    Since its inception in 1961, URJ Heller High (formerly NFTY-EIE) has been our Movement's most intense, challenging and rewarding Jewish living and learning Israel experience for teens. URJ Heller High alumni have gone on to be leaders of Jewish communities across North America and around the globe. For many, their semester was the transformative event of their young lives.


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  • Life Over Death

    The first thing I saw this morning was  lichen [slow-growing plants] growing on a tombstone in what was once a thriving Jewish shtetl in Poland, a true Kehillah Kedoshah, Tykocin.


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  • “An Unforgettable Experience”- the Spring 2018 Parents’ Pilgrimage

    Last week, 90 travelers returned from the most recent Heller High “Parents’ Pilgrimage.” Each semester, family members of our students are invited to join the program in Israel for a unique and inspiring ten-day trip.


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  • Unexpected Shabbat Encounters

    As Shabbat approaches, I want to share with you an exceptional experience we had last week at Kibbutz Tzuba. On Shabbat morning, we were joined by Daryl Messinger, Board Chair of the URJ and her husband, Jim Heeger, who is also deeply involved in Jewish communal leadership. It is not every week that we are joined by such distinguished guests!


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  • An Early Morning with Women of the Wall

    It was a Friday morning at 7:00 AM in the Old City of Jerusalem. The winding alleyways were slowly beginning to stir as the shopkeepers prepared for the last few hours of business before Shabbat arrived. Outside the walls surrounding the ancient city center, downtown Jerusalem was just starting to wake up.


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  • Exploring Tel Gezer

    While Tel Gezer has many advanced archaeological findings, two particular places related the most to the Bible. The connection between artifacts and the Bible to prove its legitimacy is called historicity. The first example of historicity we saw is called Solomon's Gate. When it was originally excavated in 1905 by McCallister, the gate did not show any sign of being almost 3000 years old.


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  • URJ Heller High’s Largest Semester in Years Begins

    Last week, 76 students from 23 states across North America, plus Canada and Israel, began their semester on URJ Heller High. These high schoolers come from 49 different URJ Congregations, and 44 are alumni from 14 different URJ camps. Seven of them had an older sibling on the program, and one student is a second generation Heller High/EIE participant!


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  • Learning about Islam in Ein Rafa

    Today we had a tiyul in Ein Rafa and spoke with Yasmine, who converted to Islam, and her husband Musa. We learned a variety of different topics concerning Islam through out the day.


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