• Moadim L’shigra — Happy routine times!

    It is still unreal that we have had no holidays lately and that we are finally on our routine. Last week a new greeting was going around Israel, Moadim L’shigra -- Happy routine times!


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  • Conquering Masada

    At two o’clock in the morning all of us felt a strange mix of exhilaration and exhaustion (most of us fell more towards the exhaustion end of the spectrum). At that particular moment in time, I was definitely not thinking about anything other than going back to sleep. This was not helped by the fact that I knew I would soon be hiking up Masada.


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  • Hiking through History

    Friday we started our fist water hike entering at the north end of the Kinneret. The Madrasa Trail, the last leg of the stream flowing from the Golan into the Sea of Galilee, is one of the most amazing water hikes in the Israel. We were protected from the sun most of the time by a canopy of brush overhead. The hike took us through water throughout the trail, mostly up to our knees, but with several deep pools along the way.


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  • Praying at the Kotel

    I have been to the Kotel multiple times, but even though I’ve been a couple times, doesn’t mean I feel ‘normal’ being there. Every time I get to the area where the Wall is, I’m filled with excitement to keep going and not stop until I am right in front of it. Once I pass the two lions and start down the stairs that over look the Wall and Jerusalem, I’m filled with astonishment and wonder.


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  • The Streets of Jerusalem on Yom Kippur

    The most amazing thing happens in Jerusalem on Yom Kippur. People leave their synagogues and meet in the streets to talk, ride bikes, scooters and skateboards. No cars are on the road to disrupt the hang-out; rather, people walk down the middle of the street free of any worries taking in the beauty of the city.


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  • Reflections from EIE

    In the spring of 1994 I arrived in Israel for the single most formative experience of my life. This was my first time in Israel and I couldn’t wait to fully immerse myself in the Hebrew language, Jewish study and to have as many “Rak B’Yisrael – Only in Israel” experiences as possible.


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  • Rosh Hashanah Week

    By, David Solomon, NFTY-EIE Assistant Principal Rosh Hashanah1Contrary to the EIE tradition, Shabbat morning we did not sleep late! At 7am we were on our way to the Red Canyon. The easy but spectacular hike provided a great setting to take a few moments to consider the wonders of creation – especially appropriate for Rosh Hashanah.


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  • Finally Here

    by Samantha K., Fall 2013 Student Israel has always been a place I’ve wanted to go. It’s been this amazing place I’ve learned about in Sunday School. It’s been something I am connected to. Now that I’m finally here on NFTY EIE it is surreal.


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  • As this journey comes to an end

    Although this trip is not over, I feel like I have already gotten so much out of this program. I would have never imagined that I would learn so much about the history of our people especially in this short amount of time.


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  • Final Countdown

    As the months counted down to weeks, and as this week before we leave to Israel counts down to days, I could not be any more thrilled than I already am.


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