• The Joy of Teaching on NFTY-EIE

    Steve Toltz is the Academic Coordinator for NFTY-EIE. Today he writes about his joy of teaching and working with students on NFTY-EIE. I have been involved with EIE since the fall of 1999 when, as an oleh chadash (new immigrant), I walked into the NFTY office at HUC, introduced myself to Baruch Kraus and told […]


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  • A Unique Rosh Hashanah

    What a Shabbat + Rosh HaShanah EIE had! We left Tzuba on Friday morning in a thick cloud of dust. Weather reports claimed it should end in a day, but instead, we didn’t see blue sky for four days. Temperatures were much higher than normal, likely leading to an awkward, uncomfortable, and potentially miserable experience. […]


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  • Touring the City of David and Understanding the Importance of the 4 D’s

    Molly A. is a junior from Danville, California. She is a member of Congregation B’nai Tikvah and NFTY-CWR, and is an alum of Camp Newman. This week, my Jewish History class went to the City of David in Jerusalem! The day started with a twist: Everyone on the bus was blindfolded and led by holding hands […]


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  • Exploring the Rich History of the Jewish People

    This has been a great week. The students are into their academics, in addition to the ongoing growth of community and friendships. We see lots of smiles, happy faces, and loads of enthusiasm. During the past week, our students studied our Jewish narrative, from being twelve tribes to entering the land of Canaan. This led […]


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  • A Series of Firsts: Tiyulim, Classes, Shabbat, and Havdalah

    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. We have just returned from Tel Gezer, complete with spectacular views […]


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  • Opening Ceremony, Orientations, and an Introduction to Life on NFTY-EIE

    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. Since the arrival of our Fall 2015 students, I have spent […]


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  • 33 Teens Arrive in Israel as the Fall 2015 Semester Begins!

    Paul Reichenbach is the Director of Camping and Israel Programs for the Union for Reform Judaism I am thrilled to share that the Fall 2015 semester of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel commenced this week. After a moving departure from JFK Tuesday evening, and a long flight over the Atlantic, the students arrived in Israel on […]


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  • Israel or Bust – Let the Journey Begin

    This post was written by Fall 2014 student Dalilah Bernier-Downing to the Fall 2015 students that leave for Israel on August 25th. Every morning this summer at 8:33 AM, my phone buzzes and lights up. This daily notification is from my Timehop. The app is linked to my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts, reminding me what I posted […]


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  • Kibbutz Tzuba: A Wonderful Place to Live and Learn

    For the first 30 years of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel, students lived with Israeli host families. Although this provided many benefits, there were challenges, as well, and the program transitioned to centralized housing for all the students. Beit Shmuel, located right next to Hebrew Union College, in the center of Jerusalem became the […]


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  • Professional Skills Seminars: Developing the Leadership Skills of our Students

    This past semester on EIE, we offered the students a series of Professional Skills Seminars, such as preparing and leading programs, teaching Jewish texts, song leading, teaching Hebrew for children, and more. Our goal was to help the students prepare for various leadership positions when they return to their communities and summer camps. Each of these seminars was […]


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