• Proud But Concerned: A Reform Jewish Student Reflects on Israel’s Elections

    Liora L. is from Evanston, IL. She is a member of Beth Emet The Free Synagoue, attends OSRUI, and is active in NFTY-CAR. One of the reasons I wanted to come to Israel this semester was to witness Israel’s elections. They were exciting, and I am thrilled that I had the chance to experience them […]


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  • Spring 2015 Parents’ Pilgrimage Update

    Elisa Harrington-Verb and Marcus Harrington are currently in Israel visiting their son, Sawyer on NFTY-EIE. Here are their reflections from the first half of the Parents’ Pilgrimage. We approached the Parents’ Pilgrimage as a combination visit with our son, Sawyer, vacation, and pilgrimage to our holy land. Now that we are here, our first and […]


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  • The Spring 2015 Parents’ Pilgrimage Has Begun

    Baruch Kraus is the Principal of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. I am delighted to share that 82 parents, siblings, and extended family members arrived in Israel on Tuesday for the Spring 2015 Parents’ Pilgrimage. This is always a highlight of our Fall and Spring semesters and will be a special ten days for […]


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  • Purim and a Weekend of Festivities

    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 students are well and happy, especially after celebrating Purim for […]


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  • Gadna: Too Easy?

    Simon M. is from Aurora, Illinois. He is a member of Congregation Etz Chaim, is a camper at OSRUI, and participates in NFTY-CAR. Last week, our group spent four days on a program called Gadna. (It should have been five days but it snowed…..go figure.) Gadna is an army orientation program led by soldiers. We spent our time there being […]


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  • An Appreciation for the Israeli Army

    Lauren C. is from Oak Park, California. She is a member of Congregation Or Ami, attends Camp Newman, and participates in NFTY SoCal. After hearing so many mixed responses about Gadna from my friends who previously went on EIE, I wasn’t really sure what to think or what to feel prior to our Gadna week. […]


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  • Gadna, Eilat, and a Return to Tzuba

    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. After a long ten days on tiyulim and Gadna, our students […]


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  • Tiyulim Tiyulim, and more Tiyulim!

    This past week was cold and rainy, and in the mountains of Israel, snowy. It was also logistically challenging, making sure that despite the weather, we had lodging, food, and interesting and engaging activities for our kids. We’ll get to more about that below. To prepare for our tiyulim this past week, we studied in class […]


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  • Diving Into Jewish History, Tzdakah, and Tiyulim

    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. The weather was quite cold last week, and we even had a sand […]


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  • An Unforgettable Connection

    Jasmine Rebarber is a senior from New Jersey and a member of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple. In this blog post, she writes about her first visit to the Kotel with NFTY-EIE. Life is made up of many little moments, all equally important, and all strung together to create one tremendous and extravagant portrait. I like […]


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