• Why NFTY-EIE is Crucial to the Future of the Jewish People

    Rabbi Naamah Kelman serves as the Dean of the Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a former NFTY-EIE teacher, and her niece is currently a student on the Spring 2015 semester. My first job as a rabbi was working for EIE. In addition to my time with EIE, teaching Jewish History […]


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  • Connecting with the Land and our History

    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. Last week was another great week, with two half-day tiyulim: Tel Gezer […]


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  • My First Week on NFTY-EIE: Already an Amazing Experience!

      Max is a junior from Fresno, CA. He is a member of Temple Beth Israel of Fresno, a participant in NFTY-CWR, and has attended Camp Newman for many years.  Participating on NFTY-EIE this semester is already turning out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I greatly miss […]


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  • The Journey Has Begun

    Baruch Kraus is the Principal of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. In these weekly postings, he will give a description and rundown of what the group is doing day to day, which he hopes will shed some light on what the EIE experience is like. This past week has seen happy faces, inquisitive minds, […]


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  • Havdallah at the Kotel

    By Baruch Kraus This was a long and exhausting week for our students. They said goodbye to family and friends, took a ten-hour flight, had class orientations, and met dozens of new people. But on Shabbat, they had the chance to unwind and celebrate their first Shabbat in Israel as a group. It was a meaningful […]


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  • 72 Teens Arrive to Israel as the 2015 Spring 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 Spring 2015 semester of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel commenced this week. After a moving departure from JFK on Sunday, and a long flight over the Atlantic, the students arrived in Israel on Monday, […]


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  • Fall 2014 EIE Photo Contest Winner

    Gabe Alterman, of Milltown, NJ and a member of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, was the winner of the Fall 2014 EIE Photo Contest. Here he describes the inspiration for his winning picture. My photo comes from the top of Masada early in the morning. I saw the backpack with a NFTY luggage tag laying on the ground […]


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  • There’s No Place I’d Rather Be

    During the Fall 2014 semester, Jake Liu and his friends made a video of him lip-synching across Israel to the song, “Rather Be.” Here is his story of its creation. “There’s no place I’d rather be than in Israel,” said a wise man by the name of Baruch Kraus. Repeated at the end of my “Rather Be” […]


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  • To The Future World Travelers

    This post was written by Spring 2014 student Jordan Karpin to the Spring 2015 students that leave for Israel in only 12 days. A lot can happen in a year. Nearly three hundred and sixty five days ago, I eagerly counted down the hours, minutes and seconds leading up to the very moment when I would […]


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  • A Stark Realization on Life in Israel, Thanksgiving, and Nearing the End of the Semester

    This post was written by Fall 2014 student Dalilah Bernier With only weeks left in the program, the schoolwork and sadness are piling up. After we came back from the Dead Sea, we had school nearly non-stop. Our teachers are trying to cram as much material in as possible in order to prepare us for […]


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