• A Day in the Life of an EIE Student–A Parent’s Perspective

    Jodi Rosenberg traveled to Israel this Spring with her husband to meet their son, Brandon, who is currently studying on EIE. She writes about a day in the life of an EIE student from her perspective. Earlier this year, my husband and I traveled to Israel on NFTY-EIE’s Parents’ Pilgrimage, along with over 70 other […]


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  • Women of the Wall, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzmaut

    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. As many of you have seen on our Facebook page, Ten […]


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  • An American Teenager Helps Make History at the Western Wall

    Juliet P is a high school junior from Newton, MA. Rarely does a 16-year-old Jewish girl from suburban Massachusetts get the chance to look back on her day and recognize that she helped make history. She didn’t just talk about it or write about it; she actually experienced it, and all before 9:00 a.m. On Monday, […]


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  • Celebrating an Historic Rosh Chodesh with Women of the Wall

    Ariella Kronish is the Director of Jewish studies for NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. I woke up bright and early on Monday morning to head to the Western Wall with my students, participants in the NFTY-EIE study abroad program in Israel. At 7:00 a.m. sharp (OK, maybe we were a few minutes late…), we joined […]


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  • Commanded to Survive: Understanding Jewish Life Before and After the Shoah

    Maya S. is a high school sophomore. She is a member of Temple Shalom in Newton, MA, is active in NFTY-NE, and attends URJ Eisner Camp. Before 1933, life for the Jews in Europe was filled with rich Jewish culture. Jews often lived in shtetls(small Jewish villages) or chose to assimilate into secular society. For the […]


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  • Pesach and Hiking from Sea to Sea

    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. Our kids had a great Pesach week, staring with the Seder […]


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  • Why I Love Teaching at NFTY-EIE

    David Alon is a Jewish History teacher with NFTY-EIE. Today he writes about why he loves teaching for the program. “David, you should really teach this stuff. Seriously, this should be your job somehow, to teach people about Israel.” Those were the words of my good friend Ora back in 2004, not long after we had […]


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  • The Only Blinding Light

    Rudy B. is a junior from Berkeley, CA. She is a member of Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, is active in NFTY-CWR, and goes to Camp Newman. Last week, she traveled on a pilgrimage to Poland with the Spring 2015 class. She writes about her experiences. I think back to 2 weeks ago, and I […]


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  • What are You Grateful For?

    Vivien Braly recently traveled to Israel on the Spring 2015 Parents’ Pilgrimage with her husband, daughter, and father, visiting her son Jonah. She shares some reflections from her visit. A bumper sticker I often see around my Northern California town says “What Are You Grateful For?” It’s a reference to the Grateful Dead (meh…a band […]


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  • EIE Parents’ Trip and an Exploration into Judaism Towards the Middle Ages

    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. A lot has happened at EIE since I wrote last. It […]


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