• My Most Powerful High School Semester Happened in Israel

    At Anshe Chesed Fairmont Temple in Beachwood, Ohio in October, Sydney Eisenberg, a Spring 2015 alum, spoke about her experiences on NFTY-EIE at Shabbat Atid (“The Future”). With both Sydney’s and Anshe Chesed’s permission, we reprint an excerpt of her remarks that her synagogue posted on their “If Not Now, When?” blog. Hi everyone, my name is Sydney Eisenberg […]


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  • Beginning our Study of Modern Israel

    Baruch Kraus is the Principal of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. We have had a very full two and a half weeks since I last wrote. After returning from Gadna, we went back to the academics at Tzuba to study Modern Israel, supplemented by one and a half days of tiyulim. The subject was […]


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  • Shabbat in Poland

    Leah S. is a junior from South Africa. She is a member of Durban Progressive Jewish Congregation. Shabbat in Poland provided a much needed happy ending to an intensely emotional week. On Friday night, we had the privilege of joining the Beit Warszawa Synagogue community for Kabbalat Shabbat services. It was one of the most […]


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  • Using Poetry to Reflect

    Celia G. is a junior from Chevy Chase, MD. She belongs to Temple Sinai in Washington, DC. and is active in NFTY-MAR. On the recent Poland trip, she wrote reflective poems that described her feelings. Day 1: Warsaw- We learned of many men, women, and groups of people that took part in continuing Jewish life even as it […]


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  • Light and Darkness: The Lublin Yeshiva and the Majdanek Death Camp

    Shirel K. is a junior from Oak Park, California. Our day in Lublin started off light and easygoing as we made our way to the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. Since we had all gone over the schedule in our sourcebooks and discussed the future plans in Poland, the thought about being in the Majdanek death camp later […]


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  • Tykocin: Memories of Thriving Jewish Life

    Maya K. is a junior from Truro, MA. She is an alum of Crane Lake Camp and belongs to the Cape Cod Synagogue. Prior to 1941, the small city Tykocin was a thriving Jewish kehillah. At its height, two-thirds of the population of Tykocin were Jewish; the Jews lived harmoniously with Poles. However, Jewish houses […]


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  • A Pilgrimage Every Jew Should Make: A Faculty Perspective on NFTY-EIE’s Poland Pilgrimage, Part 2

    David Alon is a Jewish History teacher with NFTY-EIE. Today, we feature the second part of his blog post on his perspective on taking the NFTY-EIE students on a pilgrimage to Poland. Lublin and Majdanek One of my favorite parts of the Jewish prayer service is אלו דברים שאין להם שיעור  elu dvarim sh-eyn lehem shiur, […]


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  • A Pilgrimage Every Jew Should Make: A Faculty Perspective on NFTY-EIE’s Poland Pilgrimage, Part 1

    David Alon is a Jewish History teacher with NFTY-EIE. Today, we feature the first part of his blog post on his perspective on taking the NFTY-EIE students on a pilgrimage to Poland. “Don’t you ever get tired of guiding the sites in Poland?” my students asked me the day before our departure. “Well,” I answered, […]


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  • Preparation for a Meaningful and Emotional Pilgrimage to Poland

    Baruch Kraus is the Principal of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. In these weekly postings, he gives a description and rundown of what the group is doing day to day, which he hopes sheds some light on what the EIE experience is like. Early Sunday morning, the students traveled to the airport for a […]


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  • A Wonderful Visit to Israel

    Bruce and Karen Winters visited Israel and NFTY-EIE last month to see their son, Lee, a junior currently enjoying the Fall 2015 semester of the program. They write about their enjoyable three days visiting Tzuba, seeing the program, and traveling around Israel We arrived to Tzuba on Friday and soon received a grand tour, ate […]


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