• Learning About Life in the Face of Darkness

    We began our pilgrimage to Poland bright and early on a Sunday morning. Once we arrived in Warsaw we started our week off by visiting a cemetery. Cemeteries are often known as a place of death. However, we learned that the translation of “cemetery” is “house of life.”


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  • I Will Never Forget Today

    Jenna S., a Spring 2016 participant, is a junior from Ben Lomond, California. She is a member of Temple Beth El, is involved in NFTY-CWR, and has been a camper at Camp Newman. After visiting Majdanek, a concentration camp in Poland, she wrote a poem about what spoke to her.


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  • An Eye-Opening Trip

    Recently, the students and parents on EIE went on a tiyul to a mosque in Ein Rafa, one of three Arab villages in the Tzuba area. The others are Abu Gosh and Ein Nakuba. These villages have good relations with Jewish population surrounding them. After a ten minute bus ride, we entered the mosque, the biggest in Ein Rafa.


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  • Exceeding All of My Expectations

    Recently, I returned from a wonderful visit to Israel to see my daughter, Dani, take part in the Parents’ Pilgrimage, and visit my immediate family. I was overwhelmed by the experience. As soon as I got to Tzuba I realized what a gift we were able to give Dani.


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  • Celebrating Purim for Three Days!

    On Wednesday night and Thursday, EIE celebrated Purim. Today, we celebrated Shushan Purim, a holiday unique to Jerusalem with roots in the Book of Esther. In the ninth of ten chapters, Queen Esther asks King Ahasuerus for an additional day for the Jews of Shushan, a walled city, to defend themselves, a request that the king grants.


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  • The Trip of a Lifetime

    Richie and Amy Solomon visited their daughter Jenna as part of the Spring 2016 Parents’ Pilgrimage. They recently answered some of our questions about their trip and Jenna’s experiences on EIE.


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  • EIE: Experiential Informative Education

    Shalom! My name is Evan Wertheim and I’m very excited to be a Jewish History teacher with NFTY-EIE. I grew up in Atlanta, in a home committed to Jewish life. I was active in NFTY and went on an amazing trip to Israel with NFTY in 1999.


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  • Studying the Post-Second Temple Period

    This past week, EIE focused on the period immediately following the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Specifically, we learned about the Bar Kochba rebellion and religious developments in the post-destruction period in the land of Israel.


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  • The Challenges and Rewards of Climbing Masada

    Climbing the steep, seemingly never-ending steps up the snake trail to Masada, was one of the hardest, but most rewarding and eye-opening experiences so far during my time here. Masada became a symbol of resilience for me, my faith in my own ability, and the strength of my Jewish community here at EIE.


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  • Building, Destruction, Exile, and Return

    It was another exceptional week for EIE. The weather was spectacular, truly summer-like, which added more bright light to the smiles of the participants. This was a busy week for EIE. It included a major break from the regular routine, a break that will continue this coming week as well.


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