• Israel Museum

    Today we visited the Israel Museum and saw an incredible model of Jerusalem during the peak of the Second Temple period as well as "The Shrine of the Book," which houses pieces of the Dead Sea Scrolls. These two things were really helpful and enhancing for understanding the period of Roman rule and the four sects into which Judaism split.


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  • Current Events

    As part of their Jewish History class, our students have been asked to respond to a variety of current events. One such top was the recent decision at a Modern Orthodox High School in New York to allow female students to wrap tefillin at school. Here are three EIE students' responses.


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  • Tayelet and City of David

    As we prepared for our first all-day tiyul, there was a communal excitement that flowed through our entire group. When we arrived, we were greeted by an absolutely incredible view of the City of David and our class found a nice spot in the sun to start our lesson.


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  • Changing Perspective

    For most of my life I accepted that the Torah was what it was. Moses parted the sea and Joseph read dreams. That was that That was my religion. But as I grew up, I found it harder and harder to believe that the stories were 100% true and for the longest time, I questioned my Judaism because of it.


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  • The Journey Begins

    These students are only a week into their 4 month journey, but they have already begun to experience all that this program has to offer. After a few days of orientation they hit the ground running. They have already participated in an archeological dig, hiked around Tel Gezer and made their first trip to the Kotel.


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  • A beginning sentiment

    In suit with my three, well traveled, multilingual siblings and our four exchange students my family has hosted/adopted over the years, I myself will be studying abroad in a program that allows me and other Reform Jewish North American teens to spend a semester overseas, mine being the spring semester of my junior year.


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  • Fulfilled

    If I had to use only one word to sum up my masa to Poland, it would be fulfilling. The masa was not simply a depressingly meaningful experience to bear witness to the systematic destruction of centuries of Jewish life.


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  • S’now Joke!

    The big surprise of the week started on early Thursday morning, with the arrival of the biggest December storm since 1879! The forecasters, as late as the night before, had predicted the “possibility” of snow, without being sure whether it would build up or not.


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  • Modern Judaism

    Preceding our pilgrimage to Poland this weekend, the students visited Yad Vashem as part of helping to prepare for the trip. We had preparation on many levels, from making sure the students have everything they need for the trip: appropriate clothing, preparatory discussions, and preparing the ceremonies which the students will lead in Poland.


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  • Belle Voir — A Good View

    This trip to the Israel Museum was also the prelude to our tiyul on Sunday, to Belvoir; a fascinating Crusader castle located on a precipice overlooking the Jordan River Valley - truly a belle voir (“good view”).


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